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.