17551
Colorado

Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park for Women

Join instructors and a small group of women to hike the varied landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park, discovering alpine tundra, boulder fields, pristine mountain lakes and more!
Rating (5)
Program No. 17551RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,549

At a Glance

Team up with other women for a one-of-a-kind experience as you hike the magnificent mountains, lakes and cascades of Rocky Mountain National Park — truly a hiker’s paradise. With instruction and guidance from experienced women leaders, learn trail etiquette and the techniques of navigating boulder fields, stream crossings and alpine tundra. The hikes will add difficulty and elevation each day, with the last day attempting one of the peaks of the park. Discover the hidden treasures of the National Park accessed only by trail, develop new outdoor skills and make new friends!
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Hiking 6-12 miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations of 8,000-13,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover Rocky Mountain National Park’s pristine and less-traveled southern portion known as Wild Basin.
  • Hike the headwaters of the Big Thompson River to Cub Lake and the amazing alpine glacial valleys Glacier Gorge and Loch Val.
  • Explore areas where elk, coyotes, deer, snowshoe hares and many other mammals inhabit year round.

General Notes

For a version of this program for both men and women, see "Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park" (#4819).
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Hiking Guide
by Lisa Foster
The complete experience of hiking Rocky Mountain National Park has finally been captured in one comprehensive volume. All 400 named features in the Park are explored and two-thirds of this book covers off-trail hikes not commonly found in guidebooks. Extensively field-checked and accompanied by striking photography and USGS maps, this amazing collection draws upon Foster's over 7,000 hours of backcountry expertise. From casual strolls to class 4 climbing, no other book has tackled the entire park in such an in-depth and exciting way.
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains
by Isabella Bird
In 1872, Isabella Bird, daughter of a clergyman, set off alone to the Antipodes 'in search of health' and found she had embarked on a life of adventurous travel. In 1873, wearing Hawaiian riding dress, she rode her horse through the American Wild West, a terrain only newly opened to pioneer settlement. The letters that make up this volume were first published in 1879. They tell of magnificent, unspoiled landscapes and abundant wildlife, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the volatile passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A classic account of a truly astounding journey.
Geology Underfoot along Colorado's Front Range
by Lon Abbott and Terri Cook
The transition from the relatively flat Great Plains to the craggy peaks of Colorado s Front Range is one of North America s most abrupt topographical contrasts. The epic, 1,800-million-year geologic story behind this amazing landscape is even more awe inspiring. In Geology Underfoot along Colorado s Front Range, the most recent addition to the Geology Underfoot series, authors (and geoscientists) Lon Abbott and Terri Cook narrate the Front Range s tale, from its humble beginnings as a flat, nondescript seafloor through several ghostly incarnations as a towering mountain range. The book s 21 chapters, or vignettes, lead you to easily accessible stops along the Front Range s highways and byways, where you ll meet the apatosaur and other dinosaurs who roamed the floodplains and beaches that once covered the Front Range; look for diamonds in rare, out-of-the-way volcanic pipes; learn how America s mountain, Pikes Peak, developed from molten magma miles below the surface only to become an important visual landmark for early Great Plains travelers; and walk the Gangplank, a singularly important plateau for both nineteenth-century westward expansion and our understanding of the Front Range s most recent exhumation. A healthy dose of full-color illustrations and photos demystify the concepts put forth in the authors elegant, insightful prose. With Geology Underfoot along Colorado s Front Range in hand, you ll feel like you re traveling through time as you explore the Front Range s hidden geologic treasures.





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