A September 2003 trip
to Estes Park by Bertha B
Quote: Estes Park is a quaint town that caters to tourists. The stores and restaurants were great. You'll need at least a week to visit the National Park. The scenery and diversity is amazing. We were hit by an early snow storm, so come prepared and bring plenty of film.
Backpacking through the Rockies is amazing. We saw every possible form of wildlife except a bear (which was fine with me). Many of the designated campsites have pit toilets. The trails are maintained but contain plenty of rocks, so it's often difficult to get a steady foothold.
We put in at Bear Lake, went over Flattop Mountain (12.5K feet), and into the west side of the park to follow a 40-mile loop that returned to Bear Lake. The scenery was diverse, as was the weather this time of year. Be sure and acclimate before strapping your pack on and heading over the mountain.
The rivers and waterfalls were breathtaking. There are numerous day hikes as well.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 20, 2003
Rocky Mountain National Park
1000 U.S. Highway 36
Estes Park, Colorado 80517