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Gems in Northwest Rockies - 9

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gem Favorite View towards Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain NP

Trail Ridge Road Summit

(57) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite View of Chasm Falls

Chasm Falls and Old Fall River Road

(30) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite Start of East Inlet Trail RMNP 3/16.

Adams Falls

(20) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite Tundra Communities Trail.

Tundra Communities Trail (aka Toll Memorial Trail)

(17) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite The sheer rock walls of the Continental Divide loom majestically over open meadows and early summer snow.

East Inlet Vista

(3) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite An elk grazing near Coyote Valley Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Coyote Valley

(13) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite The shore of Upper Rainbow Lake.

Rainbow Lake

(2) Steambo…, CO
gem Favorite Estes Park

Holzwarth Historic Site

(9) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite Colorado River, Lulu City remains. with permission from Ed Ogle

Lulu City

(10) Grand Lake, CO

Recommended Routes in Northwest Rockies - 20

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Favorite Wildflowers and Aspens near the trailhead
Intermediate

Spring Creek Trail

10.4 mi 16.7 km 1,435' Up 437.4 m Up 1,435' Down 437.26 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite The trail weaves in and out of the canopy and on the switchback, peeks out for this clear view of the valley below.
Intermediate

Thunderhead Trail

4.1 mi 6.5 km 2,110' Up 643.25 m Up 0' Down 0 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite Clear Lake.
Difficult

State Forest State Park North Loop

29.6 mi 47.6 km 5,654' Up 1723.39 m Up 5,652' Down 1722.83 m Down

Walden, CO
Favorite Lower Fish Creek Falls from the overlook trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

2018 Continental Divide Trail Run

31.4 mi 50.5 km 4,606' Up 1403.99 m Up 2,987' Down 910.33 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite Top of the saddle before dropping into Kelly Lake
Intermediate/Difficult

Kelly Lake Out-and-Back

9.2 mi 14.7 km 2,628' Up 801.14 m Up 2,629' Down 801.38 m Down

Walden, CO
Favorite Lower Fish Creek Falls from the overlook trail.
Very Difficult

Run Rabbit Run 100 - 2018

109.4 mi 176.1 km 17,203' Up 5243.34 m Up 17,188' Down 5238.93 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite The trail just above the Pony Express lift.
Difficult

2019 Continental Divide Trail Run - 16-mile

16.0 mi 25.7 km 3,501' Up 1067.11 m Up 3,512' Down 1070.34 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite View of Nohku Crags as you come off the steep climb.
Intermediate/Difficult

Crags Campground to American Lakes

6.5 mi 10.4 km 1,348' Up 410.76 m Up 1,347' Down 410.53 m Down

Grand Lake, CO
Favorite Clear Lake.
Difficult

Never Summer 100km

66.3 mi 106.8 km 13,026' Up 3970.46 m Up 13,026' Down 3970.42 m Down

Grand Lake, CO

Northwest Rockies Running

  • 1,388 Miles 2,234 Kilometers of Trail
  • 20 Recommended Routes
  • 9 Gems Gems
  • 86 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 144 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 51 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Northwest Rockies - 261

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3.7 mi 6.0 km #1American Lakes Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Grand Lake, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Grand Lake, CO 15 
1.2 mi 1.9 km #2Pennock Trail
Easy
Walden, CO
Easy
Walden, CO
1.3 mi 2.2 km #3Lumberjack Trail
Intermediate
Walden, CO
Intermediate
Walden, CO
2.7 mi 4.4 km #4Yurt Trail
Intermediate
Walden, CO
Intermediate
Walden, CO
8.0 mi 12.9 km #5Clear Lake Trail
Difficult
Walden, CO
Difficult
Walden, CO
5.6 mi 9.0 km #6Kelly Lake Trail
Difficult
Walden, CO
Difficult
Walden, CO
2.8 mi 4.5 km #7Hidden Valley Trail
Difficult
Walden, CO
Difficult
Walden, CO
2.6 mi 4.2 km #8Ruby Jewel Trail
Intermediate
Walden, CO
Intermediate
Walden, CO
1.4 mi 2.3 km #9Lake Agnes Trail
Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO
Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO 17 
1.9 mi 3.0 km #10Lake Agnes Access (Winter Route)
Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO
Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO

Photos of Northwest Rockies - 635

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Rocky Mtn National Park with permission from Peter B. Pearman
Jan 15, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Landscape
Jan 19, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Bighorn Sheep
Jan 28, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Sleeping Under the Stars
Feb 18, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Views on East Inlet Trail
Jul 18, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
Rogers Pass Lake
Aug 30, 2020 near Winter…, CO
Breathtaking views in the Flat Tops
Nov 11, 2020 near Gypsum, CO
Mt Ida trail, Rocky Mountain National Park
Jul 19, 2022 near Grand Lake, CO