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Cub Lake Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park

Cub Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Cub Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Location: Moraine Park area of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Trail Length: About 6.5 miles, loop trail

Elevation Gain: About 700 feet

Link: Cub Lake Trail on AllTrails.com

Notable Features: A great longer trail right in the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park. After hiking past a meadow and up a ridge, you’ll hit the trail’s namesake lake. If you keep following the loop, you’ll parallel the Big Thompson River as you circle back to the trailhead.

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Lily Lake Ridge Trail

Lily Lake Ridge Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Chasm Falls via Old Fall River Road

Chasm Falls via Old Fall River Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Bierstadt Lake Trail

Bierstadt Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Bear Lake Loop Trail

Bear Lake Loop Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Dream Lake Trail

Trail to Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Alberta Falls Trail

Alberta Falls Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Turtle Rock Loop Trail – Vedauwoo

Turtle Rock Loop Trail

Turtle Rock Loop Trail

Turtle Rock is a popular hiking and climbing spot in the Vedauwoo area of Wyoming, about 15 minutes east of Laramie on I-80. It’s a fairly easy 3.5-mile walk around the rock, with the elevation of over 8,000 feet the the March snow/mud bumping it up into the moderate range. There are a few ponds to make a dent in the woods, and it’s a scenic break from the rest of the southeastern Wyoming plains.

Check out the giant Abe Lincoln head and the Ames Brothers monument nearby as well.

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Niedrach Trail – Barr Lake State Park

Niedrach Trail at Barr Lake State Park

Niedrach Trail at Barr Lake State Park

The Niedrach Trail heads south from the nature center at Barr Lake State Park near Brighton, Colorado. The trail goes around the whole lake – 8.8 miles in total and is essentially flat the entire way. I went to the two-mile marker, but in that span I saw a herd of 20 deer, two bald eagles and scores of ducks and geese.

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Rio Grande Trail in Glenwood Springs

Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

The Rio Grande Trail connects Glenwood Springs to Aspen, but I just walked a brief section of it in Glenwood. Starting in Two Rivers Park, I walked by the junction of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers, passed under the 8th Street Bridge, and headed downtown for pizza.

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