“A spur that leaves from the Mirror Lake trail and summits Comanche Peak.”
— Brian Smith
Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Comanche peak is the northernmost peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. This trail spurs off of the Mirror Lake Trail
and makes its way to the summit of Comanche Peak (12,591'). It climbs nearly 2,000 vertical feet in just over two miles, making a fairly steep and rugged trail.
Take in the views of Mirror Lake from above as you run up the ridgeline towards the summit. At the top of the trail, make your way (scramble) through the rocks towards one of two high points. The northeastern peak is the true summit from which the views are astounding. If the vastness and beauty of your surroundings are not enough to take your breath away, the altitude will be.
Flora & Fauna
RMNP is a massive park that is mostly characterized by a montane ecosystem. Here are some of the Flora and Fauna that you may encounter along this trail:
Flora: Ponderosa pine, douglas fir, wildflowers, shrubs
Fauna: Elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, coyotes, black bears, cougars, butterflies.
For more detailed information regarding the park's diverse ecosystems, click HERE.