Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tundra Communities Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park

Tundra Communities Trail
Rocky Mountain National Park

Date Hiked: July 10, 2011

Distance: 1 mi (RT)

Elevation Gain: 200ft

Elevation Start: 12,110ft

Rocky Mountain NP Trails Page - Map link on Left of Page (NPS)

Directions:  This hike starts way up high on Trail Ridge Road.  When you enter the park, from either direction, head up to Trail Ridge Road.  About 1 mile east of Iceberg Pass is the Rock Cut Trailhead.  There is a small parking area here and the trail starts on the north side of the trail.

This is a wonderful, short, tundra hike perfect for kids and adults alike.  The trail is very popular so don't expect a wilderness experience.  This trail allows you to learn a little about the Tundra ecosystem, gets some incredible views, and get back to your car without much effort or planning.  Make sure you keep a close eye on the weather as afternoon thunder storms can be deadly here.  When we hiked this trail, we had to run back to the car to avoid such a storm.  It's very excited but can be dangerous.

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