Alpine Peaks, Lakes & Waterfalls Thru-Hike

Estes Park, CO

Trip Highlights

  • Point to Point Hike
  • Diverse Mountain Scenery
  • Historical Sites
  • Alpine Lakes
  • Summit Remote 13K Peak
  • Wildlife & Wildflowers
  • On & Off Trail Hiking

Description

This diverse Rocky Mountain National Park backpacking trip offers stunning mountain scenery, on and off trail hiking, visits to wonderful historical sites, cascading waterfalls, and summits a remote 13,000 foot peak. It quite literally has it all! It is also a point to point hike, which means all new scenery every day. And with ample opportunities for day hikes from our scenic campsites, and relaxation at alpine lakes, it is an action-packed but well balanced adventure. Whether you are a seasoned backpacker, just starting out, or somewhere in between, this trip is sure to offer something new for everyone!

5 Days
$1385 Per Person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Guided Backpacking Trip
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-6 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 27MI / 43KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3

Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
35-45 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
3-7 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
3000 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
2800 feet
Quality of Trails:
Well maintained trails with some off trail hiking
Additional:
This trip goes up over 13,000 feet in elevation. It’s best to arrive in Estes Park a day or two early to acclimatize.

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. exercise several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack

SOLITUDE LEVEL 3

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Rocky Mountain National Park backpacking trip a solitude 3. You can expect to see more people at the beginning and end of the trip and fewer people on days 2, 3 and 4.

Learn More about our Rating System

All Rocky Mountain National Park trips begin and end from Estes Park, Colorado. Estes Park does not have an airport. The most convenient airport is Denver International Airport (DIA), which is served by most major airlines and is an inexpensive airport to fly into. From DIA one can take a shuttle or rent a car to reach Estes Park. It is a 1.5-hour drive from DIA to Estes Park on good roads.

Denver to Estes Park Shuttles

Estes Park Shuttle: 970-586-5151

SuperShuttle: 970-482-0505

Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.

Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!

PRIVATE RATES FOR THIS TRIP

  • 2 People: Rate x 2
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.3
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.1
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 20 minutes
  • Hiking Distance: 5 miles (includes 3 day hiking miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 1000 feet

Our Rocky Mountain backpacking adventure begins in Estes Park, CO with a short shuttle drive to our trailhead (8,300 Ft.). Before hitting the trail we will explore the McGraw Ranch Historical Site, a former cattle ranch established in 1884. Visiting this cultural site gives the perspective of what life was like for the early pioneers in the Estes Park Valley. Our trail gradually gains elevation as we hike towards our campsite located 2 miles in from the trailhead. We will set up camp and enjoy lunch before grabbing our day packs and hiking to the highlight of day one, a stunning Colorado Rockies waterfall. This gorgeous cascading waterfall is located one mile from camp. After exploring the falls, we will head back to camp the way we came.

Day 2

  • Hiking Distance: 7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 3000 feet

After a scrumptious breakfast, we will dawn our packs and head West into a beautiful canyon. Our trail meanders through forests and meadows that give views of the surrounding mountain summits. Gradually gaining elevation, we will leave the day hikers behind us as we enter the Northern region of Rocky Mountain National Park. Here we’ll make camp for the next two nights near the shores of a stunning subalpine lake at 11,000 feet.

Day 3

  • Hiking Distance: 5 miles (all day hiking)
  • Elevation Gain: 2800 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 2800 feet

Today is perhaps the highlight of the trip, as we wake up with an alpine start to summit a 13,425 Ft. peak! A mountain that is seldom visited due to its remote location within the national park, climbing this peak makes for a great experience. We very often have the summit all to ourselves! Hiking with only daypacks, we will spend the majority of the day off trail and above tree line. It is a rewarding summit offering stunning views of the Continental Divide and the distant Longs Peak (14,259 ft). Many Colorado Wildland Trekking guides refer to this mountain as being their favorite summit in Rocky Mountain National Park. After the hike, we will spend the remainder of the day relaxing in or near camp before sitting down for a celebratory backcountry feast.

Day 4

  • Hiking Distance: 7 miles (includes 3 miles day hiking)
  • Elevation Gain: 900 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 2200 feet

Before moving onto our next campsite, we will enjoy a morning day hike to a very scenic alpine lake nearby. This remote alpine lake is engulfed by a cirque of cliffs below a towering peak. After lunch, we will break camp, grab our backpacks and hit the trail for an all downhill hike. We arrive at our camp located along a pristine mountain creek. Here we spend our last night under the stars along a beautiful Rocky Mountain stream.

Day 5

  • Hiking Distance: 3 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 1300 feet
  • Shuttle back to Estes Park: 20 minutes

With no reason to rush, we can sleep in and enjoy our last hearty breakfast before hitting the trail. Today we continue hiking south along the creek we camped on, presented with astonishing views of Longs Peak and Trail Ridge Road. At the Trailhead, we will enjoy one last lunch together at a beautiful meadow picnic area before heading back to Estes Park and concluding our adventure.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

This trip is available and bookable online! Click on the date to register now or contact us online to book through our award-winning customer service team!

Going Fast

GOING FAST

This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line tent, backcountry sleeping pad and multi-day backpack
  • High quality, synthetic sleeping bag (professionally laundered after every use)
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Rocky Mountain hiking guide
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Transportation for the duration of the trip beginning and ending in Estes Park, CO
  • Bear cannisters for food storage
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Bear cannisters
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

What Gear to Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

What Clothes to Bring

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group in Estes Park, Colorado at the Estes Park Mountain Shop (2050 Big Thompson Ave) at 5:00 PM the evening before your trip begins for an orientation meeting. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip to answer any questions you have, provide you with more details about your exact trip, and coordinate the rendezvous.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day’s pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on Rocky Mountain National Park backpacking trips is 6 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 888-804-3267 and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Weather in the Colorado Rockies

Being a high mountain environment, the Rocky Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Colorado’s high country. On trips in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month
High / Low
June
71°
48°
July
79°
55°
August
78°
53°
September
69°
45°

Accommodations

Accommodations

Backcountry Sleeping

TENT CAMPING

Sleeping on backpacking trips is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and synthetic-fill sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.

Backcountry Cuisine

FRESH & DELICIOUS

Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.

Amazing Campsites

IN THE ACTION

Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your backpacking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

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