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Rocky Mountain National Park

Glacier Gorge Trailhead

Bear Lake Rd

Estes Park, CO 80517

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I thought for hosting my first hike, I would start in one of my favorite places in Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park!

The Goods

- We will be starting early in hopes of avoiding large crowds, and maybe seeing some cool wildlife along the way.

The hike itself to Loch Lake is 5.9 miles roundtrip, with an elevation gain of 1,102 feet, and is rated as moderate.

There are additional trails beyond Loch Lake that lead you to Andrews Glacier, Glass Lake, and Sky Pond. If any of us are up for the additional challenge, we can always continue on up the trail. However, the trail to Sky Pond, is rather difficult, and I wanted to keep this a hike, that everyone could do. It can always be discussed once we reach the Loch!

Since there are fees to get into the park, for those who do not have a pass, or do not want to pay the fee, we can always arrange a carpool. For those of us who do have passes, we can help our fellow chicks and dudes, get in for free!

As always, your dude, your girl, or your best friend is always welcome, as long as you and everyone else has an indivdual waiver signed, and everyone has a ticket. Unfortunately, our four legged friends are not allowed in the National Park, so they get to sleep in!

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-We will meet at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead at 5 AM. Hopefully enough of us can carpool, to limit the amount of space we take up for other hikers!

What To Bring

- plenty of water & snacks
-proper hiking shoes\boots
- trekking poles if you prefer to hike with them. For this specific trail, I do not think they are needed, but please bring them if you are more comfortable!
-headlamps are also optional, as we will be starting right around first light, so they would not be needed for very long!

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Glacier Gorge Trailhead

Bear Lake Rd

Estes Park, CO 80517

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