Continental Divide Loop
Estes Park, Colorado5.0 (25 reviews)
- Alpine Hiking Along the Divide
- Waterfalls & Wildlife
- Alpine Glaciers
- Amazing Diversity
- Dense Forests & Lush Meadows
- Famous Trail Ridge Road
- Guides Choice Trip
Please Note: This trip was affected by the 2020 wildfires in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Park Service has not indicated yet whether this area will be open in 2021, or what condition it will be in. For the time being, we are not adding 2021 reservations for this trip. We heartily recommend our Thunder Lake Trek and the Alpine Peaks, Lakes & Waterfalls Thru-hike as excellent alternatives!
This extraordinary Colorado backpacking trip combines the best of Rocky Mountain National Park in one exciting, 5-day adventure. It features meadow hiking, plunging waterfalls, wildlife sighting opportunities, alpine hiking with spectacular mountain views, creeks and alpine lakes. We begin our journey with a drive across Trail Ridge Road – the highest paved road in the United States. We begin hiking at Summerland Park, a serene setting of mountain rivers, lakes and meadows. Our hike takes us along several mountain creeks and through huge, winding meadow systems. We pass 3 waterfalls before topping out in the alpine country of the Continental Divide. We traverse the divide with stunning views down into the east side of Rocky, and then circle back around through more pristine mountain scenery to our starting point. This is a truly world-class mountain loop hike!
$1520 Per Person
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:
- 4-8 miles
- Most Elevation Loss:
- 1750 feet
- Most Elevation Gain:
- 1500 feet
- Quality of Trails:
- Well maintained
- This trip goes up to approximately 12,000 feet in elevation. It’s best to arrive in Estes Park a day or two early to acclimatize.
- be active and healthy
- exercise several times per week
- 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 hours of solitude at a time.Learn More about our Rating System
TRAVEL TO ESTES PARK
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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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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