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3,149 mi 5,068 km of trail 58 Recommended Routes

Gems 9 Gems Easy Trails 170 Trails Intermediate Trails 477 Trails Hard Trails 179 Trails
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Gems in Northwest Rockies - 9

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gem Favorite View towards Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain NP

Trail Ridge Road Summit

(44) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite View of Chasm Falls

Chasm Falls and Old Fall River Road

(25) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite Start of East Inlet Trail RMNP 3/16.

Adams Falls

(18) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite The sheer rock walls of the Continental Divide loom majestically over open meadows and early summer snow.

East Inlet Vista

(2) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite Tundra Communities Trail.

Tundra Communities Trail (aka Toll Memorial Trail)

(15) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite A young moose grazing!

Coyote Valley

(10) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite The shore of Upper Rainbow Lake.

Rainbow Lake

(2) Steambo…, CO
gem Favorite Estes Park

Holzwarth Historic Site

(7) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite Colorado River, Lulu City remains. with permission from Ed Ogle

Lulu City

(9) Grand Lake, CO

Recommended Routes in Northwest Rockies - 50

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Favorite Lone Eagle Peak above Mirror - from the Crater Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Monarch Lake to Crater Lake

14.9 mi 24.0 km 2,017' Up 614.74 m Up 2,017' Down 614.7 m Down

Granby, CO
Favorite Leaving the Jasper Creek drainage for the Continental Divide on a sunny morning.
Difficult

High Lonesome Loop

15.7 mi 25.2 km 3,162' Up 963.89 m Up 3,162' Down 963.86 m Down

Nederland, CO
Favorite Climbing Buchanan Pass on the west side.
Difficult

Pawnee-Buchanan Loop

26.5 mi 42.6 km 6,632' Up 2021.41 m Up 6,615' Down 2016.24 m Down

Nederland, CO
Favorite Landscape
Intermediate

Bear Lake TH to Fern Lake TH

8.5 mi 13.6 km 1,180' Up 359.71 m Up 2,524' Down 769.27 m Down

Estes Park, CO
Favorite Looking down on Gilpin Lake from halfway up the pass.
Intermediate/Difficult

Zirkel Circle

10.4 mi 16.8 km 2,360' Up 719.41 m Up 2,363' Down 720.25 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite Blue Lake from the ridgeline
Intermediate/Difficult

Mount Flora

6.4 mi 10.2 km 1,754' Up 534.48 m Up 1,753' Down 534.2 m Down

Winter…, CO
Favorite Coming down from the summit of Mt. Ida, we make our way off into the horizon.
Difficult

Mount Ida

9.5 mi 15.3 km 2,231' Up 679.92 m Up 2,228' Down 679.21 m Down

Grand Lake, CO
Favorite Rogers Pass Lake
Intermediate/Difficult

Roger's Pass

9.8 mi 15.8 km 2,712' Up 826.74 m Up 2,712' Down 826.68 m Down

Winter…, CO

Trails in Northwest Rockies - 768

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4.2 mi 6.8 km #1Flattop Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO 43 
7.9 mi 12.8 km #2East Inlet Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Grand Lake, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Grand Lake, CO 25 
3.5 mi 5.7 km #3Fern Lake Trail
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO 32 
1.1 mi 1.7 km #4Crater Lakes Trail #819
Intermediate/Difficult
Winter Park, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Winter Park, CO 25 
7.0 mi 11.3 km #5Fish Creek Falls Trail
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate
Steamboat Springs, CO 24 
13.1 mi 21.1 km #6Arapaho Pass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO 15 
4.8 mi 7.7 km #7Ute Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO 11 
0.6 mi 1.0 km #8Hallett Peak Approach
Difficult
Grand Lake, CO
Difficult
Grand Lake, CO 13 
1.4 mi 2.3 km #9Lake Agnes Trail
Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO
Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO 17 
4.2 mi 6.8 km #10Caribou Pass Trail #11
Intermediate/Difficult
Fraser, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Fraser, CO
8.6 mi 13.9 km #11Rainbow Lake Trail #1130
Intermediate
Walden, CO
Intermediate
Walden, CO
14.5 mi 23.4 km #12Ute Peak Trail #24
Difficult
Dillon, CO
Difficult
Dillon, CO
12.1 mi 19.5 km #13High Lonesome Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fraser, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Fraser, CO
2.6 mi 4.2 km #14Butler Gulch
Intermediate
Winter Park, CO
Intermediate
Winter Park, CO
10.6 mi 17.1 km #15Big South Trail #944
Intermediate/Difficult
Red Feather Lakes, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Red Feather Lakes, CO
0.4 mi 0.6 km #16Alpine Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Grand Lake, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Grand Lake, CO 15 
0.9 mi 1.5 km #17Andrews Glacier
Difficult
Grand Lake, CO
Difficult
Grand Lake, CO 10 
0.5 mi 0.8 km #18Tundra Communities Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Estes Park, CO 12 
21.1 mi 33.9 km #19CDT: Buffalo Pass to North Lake (CO Sec. 43)
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Steamboat Springs, CO
20.7 mi 33.3 km #20CDT: Herman Gulch to Berthoud Pass (CO Sec. 31)
Difficult
Georgetown, CO
Difficult
Georgetown, CO

Photos of Northwest Rockies - 552

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Leaving the Jasper Creek drainage for the Continental Divide on a sunny morning.
Aug 1, 2017 near Fraser, CO
Looking down on Gilpin Lake from halfway up the pass.
Jun 26, 2018 near Walden, CO
Snow Lake and Michigan Lake from Lulu Mtn with permission from Ed Ogle
Jan 21, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Landscape
Jan 19, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Sleeping Under the Stars
Feb 18, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Bighorn Sheep
Jan 28, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Rogers Pass Lake
Aug 30, 2020 near Winter…, CO
Wildflowers near Rogers Pass Lake
Aug 30, 2020 near Winter…, CO