Colorado’s Backyard: Rocky Mountain National Park

Recently, I was bit by the nature bug. I’ve been jonesing to get out into nature and go for some hikes, explore the Colorado back country and maybe even hike a 14er. Conveniently, this happened when summer has come to an end, and when the warmer days are dwindling. With a couple good hiking days left in the year, I dragged Tyty out in search of the famous color changing Aspen trees last weekend.

Rocky Mountain National Park is only an hour and a half drive from Boulder and Saturday the park was free so decided to get our explorin’ on. As soon as we pulled in we saw a small heard of elk!

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Honestly, I can’t believe I’ve lived in Colorado for 5 years and never been out there.

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It’s absolutely beautiful! Spectacularly beautiful.

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The trailhead we wanted to start at was packed so we decided to go on a whim and take a different route through the back. We started toward Bierstadt Lake.

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When we got there, the scene was breathtaking!

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Utterly peaceful and if you’re quiet you can hear elk bugling in the distance.

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It also helped that we ended up with the best possible weather that morning! Gorgeous blue skies and a pleasant 76 degrees!

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After snapping some photos we continued our climb toward the second lake. DSCN1692 DSCN1708 DSCN1707

 

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A couple of miles later, we reach Bear Lake.

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How fantastic is it?

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It’s a popular spot in the park with a shuttle that heads directly to it so it’s a bit crowded but we found a spot near the water to have a light lunch and take a break…. DSCN1732DSCN1773

As soon as we got comfortable a family of birds swooped in around us and started asking for some of our seeds! We decided to share a couple with our new friends (don’t know how kosher that is in NatureLand…). A few minutes later, a squirrel was hanging out overhead and I was really starting to feel like Snow White…

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We decided enough was enough and set off to continue our hike.

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The hike was about 6.6 miles round trip and could be finished in around 5 hours, including stopping for lunch and photo ops. If you’re planning a morning hike, I highly recommend this trail! It’s steep but definitely doable and a good butt workout (~5.3 in difficulty). Set out early to avoid crowds and don’t forget a couple power bars and plenty of water!

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Colorado’s Backyard: Rocky Mountain National Park

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