The second edition of the hike of the week is back for Winter Park, Colorado. This week the hike takes a little drive from WP up to Rocky Mountain National Park. This week’s hike is a relatively easy and short hike that goes to a beautiful waterfall and continues to a stunning meadow with great mountain views and small ponds teaming with fish. There is a charge to get into Rocky Mountain National Park but this hike is a hike in and there is no fee. If you continue to drive into the Park there is a charge
On the way back stop in Grand Lake and check out Colorado’s biggest natural lake with some of the best views in Colorado.
Adams Falls, East Inlet Trail – Winter Park Hike of the Week
(Rocky Mountain National Park)
BEGINNING ELEVATION: 8400ft.
ENDING ELEVATION: 8480ft.
Miles one way: .5 miles to Adams Falls, 1 mile to the glaciated valley
Trailhead Location: From the Winter Park Visitor’s Center drive north on US HWY 40 19 miles through Granby to US HWY 34 and turn right. Continue for about 15.3 miles to the Grand Lake Visitor Center and turn right in to the village of grand Lake. At the Mountain Food Market, the road will veer to the rights into Grand Lake (a wooden sign days “Welcome to Grand Lake”) veer left and follow the road for 2 miles to the end of the road to a parking lot, the trailhead is well marked.
Trail Information: This is an easy hike up to a beautiful waterfall. It is suitable for all ages. Be careful at the top of the waterfall as the water is fast and strong. Keep small children well away from the water’s edge at the falls and stay on the trail only. If you decide to, you can continue on another .5 miles past the falls in to an alpine meadow with gorgeous views of “Mt. Baldy” and ponds full of fish.
Special Trail regulations: This hike is in the Rocky Mountain National Park so no dogs or bikes are allowed.
Stay tuned next week for the third installation of the Winter Park Hike of the week.
Chris June 5th, 2010