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ESTES PARK, COLORADO

Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park for Women

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Estes Park is at 7,522 ft, hikes will be 8,000-13,000 ft. See attached high altitude information

Equipment Requirements
Daypack, water bottles, good broken-in hiking boots, rain gear, layers for wind and cold, recommended list attached.

Itinerary for Jul 27 — Aug 1, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: All 48 rooms are non-smoking, and no pets. They are always exceptionally clean, comfortable, and a great value. We are an older property, recently remodeled and well-maintained. We have a nice heated outdoor pool.

Contact info:
927 Moraine Avenue, US Hwy 36W
Estes Park, CO 80517 USA
phone: 970-586-4585
web: www.alpinetrailridgeinn.com

Room amenities: Wireless internet connection, balconies on rooms

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for information
Call for availibility and prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 27 - Safety Orientation/Introductions
Note: All of our hikes this week will be in Rocky Mountain National Park, routes selected will depend upon fitness of the group, and will allow for adjusting to altitude and difficulty as week progresses.

Arrive To: Arrival and check-in 3- 5:00 pm. Required orientation at 5:00 pm followed by dinner.

Dinner: Dinner in local restaurant

Evening: Introductions, planning for the week

Lodging: Alpine Trail Ridge Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: All 48 rooms are non-smoking, and no pets. They are always exceptionally clean, comfortable, and a great value. We are an older property, recently remodeled and well-maintained. We have a nice heated outdoor pool.

Contact info:
927 Moraine Avenue, US Hwy 36W
Estes Park, CO 80517 USA
phone: 970-586-4585
web: www.alpinetrailridgeinn.com

Room amenities: Wireless internet connection, balconies on rooms

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for information
Call for availibility and prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 28 - Day long hike in Loch Vale
Note: Trailhead elevation is 9,475 feet. Today's hike is 6.2 miles with an elevation gain/loss of 990 feet.

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: Loch Vale is one of the most beautiful and most popular hikes in the park. We’ll start at the Bear Lake trailhead, unless we find a place to park at Glacier Gorge. Bear Lake is 9475 ft. elevation. We will first see Alberta falls; the most photographed falls in the park. It was named after Abner Sprague’s wife. Sprague was an Estes Park pioneer. Loch was named after a guest in Sprague’s lodge named Locke. It was changed to Loch, the Scottish name for lake. Loch Vale is a crystal clear alpine lake. The broad cliff at the Loch is Cathedral Wall, a favorite for rock climbers. We’ll eat lunch at the lake and continue toward Andrew’s glacier if the group is up to 1.3 miles more. We also have the option of seeing Mills Lake on our return (.6 miles) The trail is good, but we gain 990 ft from Glacier Gorge to the Loch. (3.1 miles one way to Loch Vale)

Lunch: Picnic box lunch on trail

Afternoon: Continue morning hike, stop at Beaver Meadow's Visitor's Center before returning to motel.

Dinner: Dinner in local restaurant

Evening: Short "debrief" on today's hike and planning for tomorrow then time for reflection, relaxation

Lodging: Alpine Trail Ridge Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: All 48 rooms are non-smoking, and no pets. They are always exceptionally clean, comfortable, and a great value. We are an older property, recently remodeled and well-maintained. We have a nice heated outdoor pool.

Contact info:
927 Moraine Avenue, US Hwy 36W
Estes Park, CO 80517 USA
phone: 970-586-4585
web: www.alpinetrailridgeinn.com

Room amenities: Wireless internet connection, balconies on rooms

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for information
Call for availibility and prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 29 - All day hike in Wild Basin
Note: Trailhead elevation is 8,006 feet. Today's hike is from 5.4 miles to 9.8 miles with an elevation gain/loss of 1,500 feet.

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: Our hike today will start in Wild Basin, a trailhead in the park that is close to Highlands. The elevation at the trailhead is 8,566 feet. This will be a day to enjoy beautiful waterfalls. We will first come to Copeland Falls (.3miles), then climb 1.8 miles to Calypso Cascades. Calypso Cascades was named after the calypso orchid, also known as fairy slipper. On the trail you will see remains of a 1978 forest fire. This opened up the area to get a great view of Mt Meeker (right) and Long’s Peak (left) At 2.7 miles Ouzel Falls is on the left. It is named after a little grey bird that is about the size of a robin that dips its head in the stream and dives for insects. It’s also called a dipper. The elevation of Ouzel Falls is 9,516. If the group is up to a longer hike, we will hike to Ouzel Lake (4.9 miles from the trailhead, elevation gain of 1,510 feet)

Lunch: Picnic box lunch on trail

Afternoon: Continue morning hike. We will return to our motel for a short day's debrief and to clean up and have dinner in Estes Park. Dinner will be on your own. We will visit the historic Stanley Hotel, as a group if there is interest.

Dinner: Dinner on own to explore the varied restaurants of the quaint town of Estes Park.

Evening: Free time for exploring and shopping in downtown Estes Park.

Lodging: Alpine Trail Ridge Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: All 48 rooms are non-smoking, and no pets. They are always exceptionally clean, comfortable, and a great value. We are an older property, recently remodeled and well-maintained. We have a nice heated outdoor pool.

Contact info:
927 Moraine Avenue, US Hwy 36W
Estes Park, CO 80517 USA
phone: 970-586-4585
web: www.alpinetrailridgeinn.com

Room amenities: Wireless internet connection, balconies on rooms

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for information
Call for availibility and prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 30 - Over the top-Trail Ridge Road
Note: We will travel by van over the highest Federal Highway in the U.S.: Trail Ridge Road. Morning hike, Ute Trail, 3 miles, elevation gain 800 feet, highest elevation, 12,150 feet. Afternoon several short interpretive hikes to viewpoints along highway

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: Today you will travel on Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the U.S. We will start in the Montane ecosystem, below 9,000 ft, travel to the Subalpine, 9,000-11,400 ft, and end up in the Alpine ecosystem above 11,400 ft. We’ll drive to the Ute Trail and hike for several hours. This is an out and back hike. You’ll experience the beauty of the alpine tundra and beautiful views. It’s important to stay on the trail because plants are very fragile in this harsh environment. We’ll get back in the van and drive to the Alpine Visitor center. It’s a great place to look at the views, shop in the gift shop and eat lunch outside.

Lunch: Picnic box lunch at Alpine Visitor Center or adjacent location depending upon weather.

Afternoon: On our way back we’ll take a short hike at high altitude on the tundra trailhead. Hopefully, we’ll see herds of elk along the road. If there is interest we’ll stop by the Alluvial Fan. In 1982 a dam broke and washed down rocky debris creating alluvial fan. Return to motel.

Dinner: Dinner in local restaurant

Evening: Short "debrief" on today's hike and planning for tomorrow then time for reflection, relaxation

Lodging: Alpine Trail Ridge Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: All 48 rooms are non-smoking, and no pets. They are always exceptionally clean, comfortable, and a great value. We are an older property, recently remodeled and well-maintained. We have a nice heated outdoor pool.

Contact info:
927 Moraine Avenue, US Hwy 36W
Estes Park, CO 80517 USA
phone: 970-586-4585
web: www.alpinetrailridgeinn.com

Room amenities: Wireless internet connection, balconies on rooms

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for information
Call for availibility and prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 31 - Hike in Bear Lake area, possible Peak climb
Note: Trailhead elevation 9,500 feet. All day hike of 8.8 miles roundtrip, elevation gain/loss 2,849 feet. Very early morning start.

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: Lake, Emerald Lake, Glacier Gorge, and the Continental Divide. Listen for peeps of little pikas Today we will hike to the Flattop Mountain. We want an early start again because of the construction on Bear Lake road and we will be above tree line, so we want to be at the top early. We will start at the Bear Lake trailhead and climb 4.4 miles to an elevation of 12,324 ft (an elevation gain of 2,849ft). Hallett peak is another .6 miles. The views are spectacular of Dream Lake from the top. You may also see ptarmigans and marmots along with many wildflowers.

Lunch: Picnic box lunch on trail

Afternoon: Continue morning hike, summit hike will be weather permitting. Return to motel in late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner in local restaurant

Evening: Final debrief and farewells, packing, relaxation

Lodging: Alpine Trail Ridge Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 01 - Departures after breakfast, motel check-out 10 am...
Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: Independent departures after breakfast

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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