Getting on/off van; driving approximately 30 miles roundtrip; about 1/2 hour each way. Hiking approximately 6.2 miles roundtrip; about 5 hours hiking with lunch stop; maintained but rocky trail with moderately steep inclines and descents. Trailhead elevation is about 7,837 feet; elevation gain/loss of approximately 990 feet; maximum elevation of roughly 8,815 feet.
At a local restaurant, we’ll order plated meals from the menu, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water included.
Early Starts: We start every morning very early for safety and crowd avoidance. The weather in the Rockies is very unpredictable after noon. Lightening storms above treeline are very dangerous in the afternoon when the conditions for such storms build up. We get early starts each morning for your safety. Also the National Park is experiencing record breaking visitation, early starts help beat the crowds on the trail and to find parking. Thank you for your understanding, it is for your benefit. We depart early by van from the motel. The trail to Bridal Veil Falls begins at the McGraw Ranch Research Station. This will be a good first day warm-up hike in the more remote Northern part of the National Park. We will watch for wildlife, summer wildflowers or early fall colors. Hiking 3.1 miles from the trailhead, we will be rewarded to find the waterfall that drops 20 feet and is fed by seasonal snowmelt from further above.
At a pleasant stopping point along the trail, we’ll have boxed lunches. Pre-selected sandwich, chips, fruit, and dessert.
We will continue our morning hike and return to the trailhead in the mid-afternoon. Time permitting a stop at Beaver Meadows National Park Visitor Center will be made to see the exhibits and a short interpretive nature trail. We return to the hotel before departing for dinner.
At a local restaurant, we’ll order plated meals from the menu with soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.