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Dates: 2008: August 3-7, September 21-25.
Activities: Hike (5 days).
Trip Itinerary: Hike the Continental Divide and Rocky
Mountain National Park Rocky Mountain National Park is
the showpiece of the Colorado Rockies and we have selected the
finest alpine trails in this land of columbine-sprinkled meadows,
emerald lakes, and herds of elk and bighorn sheep. So lace up
those hiking boots, grab your knapsack and head to the Rockies
for the ultimate Western hiking holiday.
Day 1 Boulder-Grand Lake. Boulder, Colorado is
the starting point for our adventure, where we hike along the
eastern fringe of the Rockies at the base of the Flatirons, jagged
rock formations that rise abruptly from the plains. Following a
shuttle, we enjoy fine dining with incredible views this evening.
Day 2 Rocky Mountain National Park-Grand Lake.
We begin our exploration of the park with a hike from Grand
Lake to cascading Adams Falls with an option to continue on to
Lone Pine Lake.
Day 3 Rocky Mountain National Park-Estes Park.
Up early, we cross America's highest continuous roadway, Trail
Ridge Road, with its stunning, top-of-the-world views. Here we
hike through miniature wildflowers of the alpine tundra. The
next two evenings are spent in the secluded Baldplate Inn
outside Estes Park.
Day 4 Rocky Mountain National Park-Longs Peak.
Longs Peak has long been considered America's Matterhorn. The
highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park at 14, 255 feet, it
has fascinated writers, artists, climbers and explorers since the
first sighting in 1820 by Stephen Long. The first part of our hike
follows an ever-climbing trail through beautiful forests of pine
and aspen up to timberline. We then venture on to Chasm Lake
that sits beneath the vertical "diamond" on Longs Peak's sheer,
spectacular 1675-foot east face.
Day 5 Indian Peaks Wilderness-Boulder. Trace a
necklace of sapphire lakes and waterfalls within Indian Peaks
Wilderness as we head to majestic Lake Isabelle at the foot of
Arapahoe Glacier. We then conclude our Rocky Mountain Hiker
back in beautiful Boulder.
Inn Highlights: Black Bear Lodge is just minutes
out of Grand Lake and offers mountain and lake views. The
Baldpate Inn, built in 1917 and perched on Twin Sisters
Mountain at 9,000 feet, is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places and boasts the world's largest key collection.
August through September .