Living in Fort Collins, when we hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, we typically hit up trails on the eastern side of the park. With Trail Ridge Road opening this past weekend, we decided to check out the Colorado River Trail on the Grand Lake side of the park. As much as we love the snow and winter activities, we’ve been itching for some of the trails in the high country to thaw out and be snow free.
When we parked at the half-full lot and then hit the dry trail, we thought we’d lucked out. Sitting at an elevation of 9040 feet, the Colorado River Trail is a gently climbing trail that runs parallel to the river, the trail alternates between heavily forested stretches mixed with high country meadows and marsh land.