Colorado Hiking Trails

Alpine Hiking Trails - Rocky Mountain National Park

Forest Canyon Pass
Forest Canyon Pass
2 miles
Elev. Gain -400 ft
easy
Trailhead

Near the top of the Old Ute Trail that once linked villages across the Continental Divide. Tundra hike.

Cache La Poudre River
8.7 miles
Elev. Gain -615 ft
moderate
Trailhead

This trail ranges from "easy," to "difficult" depending on how far you feel like walking.

Chapin Pass
Chapin Pass
1.5 miles
Elev. Gain 1814 ft
moderate
Trailhead

Climb steeply to a ridge, traverse a dense forest to beautiful views of the Chapin Creek valley and on above timberline to the western flank of Mount Chapin.

Lake Irene
Lake Irene
0.5 miles
Elev. Gain 0 ft
easy
Trailhead
Picnic Area

The Lake Irene area allows visitors access to a close-in picnic and scenic recreation area as they traverse Trail Ridge Road. There's a trail to an overlook past Lake Irene, eight picnic sites (three are accessible for people with disabilities).  More on Lake Irene trail...

Mount Ida
Mount Ida
5.8 miles
Elev. Gain 2130 ft
moderate
Trailhead

Provides an expansive view of the Continental Divide and gentle tundra slopes leading to the summit at 12,880'. Cross-country.  Pictures of Mount Ida...

Specimen Mountain
Specimen Mountain
2.2 miles
Elev. Gain 1739 ft
moderate
Trailhead

This trail is short, but high and steep and offers chance glimpses of wildlife such as marmots and bighorn sheep. The trail closes early.

Roger Toll Memorial
0.5 miles
Elev. Gain 200 ft
moderate
Trailhead

Stop on your drive over Trail Ridge Road and stroll through the alpine zone tundra and see the wonderful, tiny wildflowers and spectacular views. Rated Moderate because of the altitude!

Tombstone Ridge
Tombstone Ridge
1.1 miles
Elev. Gain 240 ft
easy
Trailhead

An easy tundra walk with stunning views.

Ute Trail
Ute Trail
6 miles
Elev. Gain ft
moderate
Trailhead

From Ute Crossing mostly downhill to Upper Beaver Meadows. Coordinate with friends to leave a car at Upper Beaver Meadows and start the trail at Ute Crossing. Starts on the tundra, goes through forest to meadow. 1 backcountry site.

Lodging Availability