The Best Estes Park Hikes
By Shining Mountains Group, CMC, with Ward Luthi
Twenty of the best hikes near Estes Park, Colorado.
• Hikes chosen and reported on by experienced members of the Colorado Mountain Club.
• A wide variety of hikes, from family- and wheelchair-friendly to challenging treks.
• Fits in your pocket or daypack and features color photos and maps throughout the book.
Estes Park Hikes continues
the series of best-selling pack guides published by CMC Press during the past
five years. The trails range from short, scenic, and wheelchair accessible
hikes near Estes Park to moderately difficult and even seriously challenging
fit-in-your-pocket guide will take you from the summit of Twin Sisters Peak, at
11,428 feet—with great walking through fragrant pine forests—to the gently
meandering paved trail around Lake Estes, which affords panoramic views of
Long’s Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park’s most famous landmark.
this guide, you will have the opportunity to sample wild raspberries along
moderate trails crossed by rushing mountain streams, marvel at butterscotch-scented
Ponderosa pines, and test your legs and endurance on a 13-mile loop through fir
and pine forests. You will linger for lunch at Gem Lake, ponder the lives of
early explorers and homesteaders at Homestead Meadows, soothe your feet in cold
mountain streams, and survey your surroundings with a trek to the 11,000-foot
addition to detailed comments, route descriptions, and directions, each of the
20 hikes contains a map segment, elevation gain, difficulty rating, estimated time of the hike,
round-trip distance, and nearest landmark.
this pack guide, you are receiving the wisdom and experience of the Shining Mountains
Group of the Colorado Mountain
Club. Group members selected, hiked, and wrote about the trails in this
guide. In addition, they are the photographers and cartographers for the photos
and maps with each trail description.
Book specs: 104 pages, 4 x 7,
rounded corners, 40 color photos, 21 maps, paperbound, $12.95, ISBN 978-1-937052-04-1 GUIDEBOOK/COLORADO.