Sunday, September 6, 2015

Estes Cone, Rocky Mountain State Park

September 5, 2015

Distance: 6.6 miles
Time: ?
Elevation gain: about 1,606'
Max altitude: 11,070'

Year to date miles: 569.3

Map: National Geographic Longs Peak (301)

Parking: Longs Peak trailhead
This parking lot gets full very early due to people hiking Longs Peak. Overflow parking goes down the road. We got the last parking space at 6:30 am.

Rocky Mountain National Park Dayhiker's Guide by Jerome Malitz

Fabulous hike! We took our time, walking slowly so that we wouldn't have problems with the altitude. The last .5 mile is a rock scramble with a climb at the very end. The top is windy and has 360 degree views, including a great view of Longs Peak. We had the peak to ourselves since we started early.

After we finished the hike, we stopped by the ranger station, which had interesting information on Longs Peak.

Starting the rock scramble

The climb - you need your hands, but it is very doable

Almost to the summit

Looking down at Glen


Brr, it's cold up here 

Glen excited about our elevation

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