Alpine Peaks, Lakes & Waterfalls Thru Hike

Estes Park, CO
5.0 (7 reviews)

Trip Highlights

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


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!

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$1475 Per Person
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Trip Type: Guided Backpacking Trip
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-6 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 27MI / 43KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip is between a Level 3 and 4 difficulty, tending slightly toward 4. We follow well-maintained trails while carrying multi-day backpacks. The ascent of Mummy Mountain (13,425 FT/ 4,090 M) is entirely off trail, consisting of steep terrain and occasional loose rocks but is with light day packs. Day two is the most challenging, gaining almost 3,000 FT/ 910 M in 7 MI/ 11 KM.

Hiking Distances:

3-7 mi

Backpack Weight:

35-45 lbs


Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

2800 ft

Heights Exposure:


Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information. Backpack Weight ratings are estimates that account for Wildland-provided gear, guest clothing, personal items and a share of group food. By packing light it’s often possible to stay on the lower end of the weight range. Pack weights also decrease during the trip.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 35-45 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain


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.

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

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 


  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.75
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.25
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person

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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. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking


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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) – or bring your own.
  • 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 communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone)
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear and footwear (see recommendations)
  • 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 synthetic-fill sleeping bags (or bring your own)
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki 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.

Additionally, some guests choose to bring their own sleeping bag. We supply high quality, synthetic fill bags that are professionally laundered after every trip. Synthetic fill is non-allergenic, insulates when damp and stands up well to repeated washings, but is heavier and bulkier than down. If you’re able to bring your own down sleeping bag, there are multiple benefits. If not, we’ve got you covered!

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.

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.

We recommend guests arrive in Estes Park (or another nearby location that is 7500′ or higher) 1-2 days before your trip starts. This will help you acclimatize to the higher elevation, and make for a more enjoyable experience during your tour. This is especially important if you have never been to higher altitude, or are flying in from sea level.

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 all tours carry an emergency communication device. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


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)
High / Low



Backcountry Sleeping


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


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


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.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (7 reviews)

Incredibly Majestic Setting

10 days ago

We chose RMNP as a destination, first, then chose Wildland as guided service to "ease" my girlfriend's way into first-time backcountry trekking. Very glad we did ... guides Liz and Bill were superb ... super hard workers, but focused on making sure that everyone in the group could enjoy Nature in the best way possible. Our group (of meet-for-the-first-timers) functioned like a tight-knit team ... friendly and helpful personalities throughout, as spearheaded by Liz and Bill's enthusiasm and direction. The uphill treks were tough with gear weight (more than my girlfriend and I were used to), but we were glad to push ourselves to new limits, and, the rewards of superb backcountry meals cooked up by Liz and Bill (and their everything-but-the-kitchen-sink preparation) were a true treat. I've never eaten quite like that in the backcountry! (And I might now be addicted to Tajin citrus spice!) In addition to all of these thumbs-up, we have to thank Mother Nature, of course, for providing us an incredibly majestic setting in RMNP. The alpine lakes and snow-covered cliffs were breathtaking in every way. Our adventure filled us with happy memories to last a lifetime! Huge thanks to Liz and Bill and the Wildland Trekking team, and to all of our backpacking mates. You all made the experience so joyful!

Marsha C

Amazing Natural Beauty

11 months ago

Another amazing trip with a very qualified guide. Tamara was able to gauge our energy level and make adjustments for the good of the group. I got to enjoy the most amazing natural beauty. Our group became very cohesive and helped each other with everything. It was all good.

Colin M

Really Enjoyed this Trip!

11 months ago

My wife and I really enjoyed this trip, particularly the time spent around Lawn Lake where you get to soak in pristine alpine and subalpine beauty. Our guide, Floyd, was patient and compassionate, and did a great job looking after the whole group. We couldn't have asked for a better experience.

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