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HikeMilesVerticalTimeRating
Rocky Mountain National Park
Toll Memorial Trail
1.0
180
1:10
8
A great little walk through the tundra with excellent views of the surrounding mountains, as well as some interesting rock formations.
Cub Lake Loop
5.8
760
7:00
8
A wonderful loop hike to a beautiful alpine lake, a great place for a picnic that feels miles away from all the crowds at Rocky Mountain.
Alberta Falls and Mills Lake
5.6
930
5:18
7
A crowded hike to a mediocre waterfall, but then a beautiful, much less crowded alpine lake.
Alpine Ridge Trail
0.6
200
0:20
7
A short but very steep hike up some steps to a nice view of the surrounding mountains.
Forest Canyon Overlook
0.2
30
0:25
7
A very short stroll through the tundra to a beautiful overlook with views of forested valleys and snow-covered mountains.
Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake
3.6
740
3:58
7
A hike to three beautiful lakes, and a bonus lake near the trailhead; if only it weren't so crowded.
North Cheyenne Cañon Park
Mount Cutler
2.0
480
2:02
7
A steady climb up to the top of Mt. Cutler, with some great views of interesting rock formations, red cliffs, the city of Colorado Springs, and a distant view of Seven Falls.
Helen Hunt Falls
0.6
230
0:24
5
A short, crowded, steep hike starting at the base of a waterfall with some decent views of the surrounding area, but not much else.
Grand Canyon National Park
Bright Angel Point
0.5
30
-
8
Cape Royal Trail
0.6
0
-
8
Ken Patrick Trail (Cape Royal Road To Point Imperial)
3.0
790
1:27
6
North Kaibab Trail (to Supai Tunnel) Mule Ride
3.6
1200
-
6
Transept Trail
3.0
100
-
6
Bryce Canyon National Park
Navajo Loop/Peek-a-boo Loop
6.0
1770
5:20
7
Zion National Park
East Rim Trail (Plateau to Weeping Rock + Observation Point)
8.0
1220
4:50
8
East Rim Trail (Weeping Rock to Stave Spring)
6.0
2250
4:35
8
Middle Fork Taylor Creek
5.4
670
4:11
8
West Rim Trail (Cabin Spring 3 to Grotto Picnic Area)
5.0
500
4:00
8
West Rim Trail (Grotto Picnic Area to Cabin Spring Camp 3)
5.0
3330
5:51
8
West Rim Trail (Cabin Spring Camp 3 to/from western edge of plateau)
2.0
100
-
7
Riverside Walk
2.0
57
-
5
Arches National Park
Delicate Arch
3.5
690
3:35
8
A moderate hike up slickrock to popular Delicate Arch.
Landscape Arch
2.4
300
3:00
7
A short hike to one of the longest arches in North America, with nice views of the Devils Garden area.
Courthouse Towers/Park Ave.
1.6
340
2:44
7
A short hike through a wonderfully scenic series of towering rock formations.
Capitol Reef National Park
Hickman Natural Bridge
1.5
450
2:23
7
A short hike to a pretty arch, with some nice views along the way.
Capitol Gorge Trail to the Tanks
2.1
290
3:13
6
A mostly flat hike through a narrow gorge to the disappointingly dry Tanks.
New Mexico
Ceremonial Cave
[Bandelier National Monument]
2.0
380
1:57
8
Tent Rocks
[Northern New Mexico]
3.0
850
3:27
8
Tsankawi Trail
[Bandelier National Monument]
1.5
270
1:25
7
Rancho de San Juan Hike
[Rancho de San Juan]
2.0
730
1:20
6
Northern New Mexico Trip
[trip report]
Other
Utah Trip 2009
[trip report]
A 10-day trip to Utah in the spring to visit Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef National Parks, with 5 day hikes, and a stay in Dead Horse Point State Park.
Colorado 2008 Trip
[trip report]
A 9-night trip to Colorado, including 5 nights camping in Rocky Mountain National Park, 6 hikes in Rocky Mountain, 2 hikes in North Cheyenne Caņon Park, and a drive to the top of 14,110 foot Pikes Peak.
Zion/Bryce/Grand Canyon Trip
[trip report]



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