Hikes in the Rockies

Hikes in the Rockies

Hiking is our identity for us here at the channel and the entirety of the communities surrounding Rocky Mountain National Park and our National Forests. Some hike long, some short, and some do what they can as long as they can. Whatever your speed, we love these mountains and the creatures that share the precious environment. Hiking is described here in ultra-scenic short videos meant to entice, encourage and educate. See it all through the magic lenses of cinematographer Sean Doherty.

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Hikes in the Rockies
  • Alberta Falls

    Roundtrip Length: 1 mi Difficulty: Easy

    Alberta Falls, named after pioneer settler, Alberta Sprague is a great introduction to hiking in Rocky. This short journey is rewarded by a scenic waterfall where families share smiles and stories while relaxing to the sound of Glacier Creek.

  • Andrews Tarn

    Roundtrip Length: 10 mi Difficulty: Strenuous

    Andrews Tarn and the magnificent Andrews Glacier are found at the end of one of the more difficult and equally breathtaking hikes in Rocky. After leaving the Glacier Gorge trailhead and the short hike to Alberta Falls far behind, you will eventual...

  • Bierstadt Lake

    Roundtrip Length: 3 mi Difficulty: Moderate

    Named after the famous artist who captured these exceptional views on canvas, Bierstadt Lake is a short ascent over Bierstadt Moraine. The roadside trailhead sends us up through the evergreens and into groves of aspens that are striking in the fall m...

  • Black & Blue Lakes

    Roundtrip Length: 9.4 mi Difficulty: Strenuous

    The Glacier Gorge trailhead is one of the most popular places in the Park. One way to shed the crowds is to find your way to Black Lake and on to Blue Lake.
    After the short jaunt to popular Alberta Falls, your visits with fellow hikers will

  • Black Lake

    Roundtrip Length: 9.4 mi Difficulty: Strenuous

    Black Lake is for the adventurous who choose to go beyond the classic popular hike to Mills Lake. As if the charm of Mills isn’t enough the pleasant continuation through seasonal wildflowers never ceases to blow my mind when it opens up at the b...

  • Bridal Veil Falls

    Roundtrip Length: 6 mi Difficulty: Moderate

    Hike with us to Bridal Veil Falls!

  • Chasm Falls

    Roundtrip Length: 2.5 mi Difficulty: Moderate

    Early one morning we drove up Old Fall River Road to do some filming. Here are a few shots of Chasm Falls and the Alpine Tundra. It was a beautiful morning.

  • Chasm Lake

    Roundtrip Length: 8.4 mi Difficulty: Strenuous

    The charm of Chasm Lake is not only the spectacular setting but the
    notoriety of the trail that it shares. Leaving the Longs Peak trailhead
    and immediately climbing through the trees, we twist and turn past a
    couple of historic mining sites and p...

  • Crosier Mountain Trail

    Roundtrip Length: 7.7 mi Difficulty: Moderate

    Hike the Crosier Mountain Trail with us!

  • Deer Mountain Trail

    Roundtrip Length: 6 mi Difficulty: Moderate

    We shot this footage on Deer Mountain Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. The views were spectacular!

    Easily accessible and a very short drive from the entrance stations, Deer Mountain is an excellent moderate trek to a summit of this moderate mo...

  • Fall Colors in Rocky

    One of the most beautiful times to visit Rocky is during the Fall Colors in September and October. Here's a short film showcasing the breathtaking scenery you will witness.

  • Fern Lake & Odessa Lake

    Roundtrip Length: 8.8 mi Difficulty: Moderate

    Join us on a virtual hike to Fern Lake and Odessa Lake with narration by Nick Molle.

  • Flattop Mountain

    Roundtrip Length: 8.8 mi Difficulty: Strenuous

    The view of Flattop Mountain begins interestingly enough at Bear Lake looking nothing like flat. What we see is the craggy side of the mountain where the trail fortunately takes a few twists and turns on the way up. Fortunately because the views ...

  • Gem Lake

    Roundtrip Length: 4 mi Difficulty: Moderate

    We are so lucky to have Gem Lake so close to town. I often joke that this short steep jaunt up to this lake has a difficulty level that is relative because if you just came from sea-level, it is relatively difficult. It is also relative because this ...

  • Hollowell Park to Cub Lake

    Roundtrip Length: 8.6 mi Difficulty: Moderate

    There’s good news and not so good news concerning this hike. The not so good being that this area is closed following the fires of 2020 while still recovering from the fires of 2013. The good being that it will open again, and finding my way to Cub...

  • Lake Helene

    Roundtrip Length: 6 mi Difficulty: Moderate

    Lake Helene under the right conditions is a beautiful spot at any time of the year, but it is also a very sensitive paragon of an alpine lake. Tread lightly here where the beauty is balanced by the fragile landscape. Perhaps the most difficult part ...

  • Lawn Lake & Crystal Lakes

    Roundtrip Length: 10 mi Difficulty: Strenuous

    The stunning shores of Lawn and Crystal Lakes are well worth the effort of this pleasantly long trek.

  • Lily Lake

    Roundtrip Length: .04 mi Difficulty: Easy

    Lily Lake is an absolute treasure. It is a virtual and exquisite classroom of wildlife biology at whatever level you wish to study. Perfectly accessible for just about anyone, just off the highway with plenty of parking across the road. In the warmer m...

  • Lily Mountain

    Roundtrip Length: 3 mi Difficulty: Strenuous

    Enjoy this hike up Lily Mountain in Roosevelt National Forest!

  • Lion Gulch Trail

    Roundtrip Length: 6 mi Difficulty: Moderate

    Take a step back in time on this moderate rated hike on Lion Gulch Trail to Historic Homestead Meadows where you'll see the ruins of homestead cabins that were established between 1889 and 1923. This is a great history filled hike for the whole famil...

  • Lookout Mountain

    Roundtrip Length: 4.6 mi Difficulty: Strenuous

    The hike to Lookout Mountain is a steep climb, but the views from the top are nothing short of spectacular! Mount Meeker, Twin Sisters and Longs Peak (among others) can all be viewed from Lookout Mountain.

  • Mills Lake

    Roundtrip Length: 5 mi Difficulty: Moderate

    The very popular trek to Mills Lake is well worth the slightly more than moderate effort. As with most hikes, an early or late in the day departure will reduce the number of albeit friendly hikers you meet on the trail (almost everyone on a trail is ...

  • Odessa Lake

    Roundtrip Length: 8.8 mi Difficulty: Moderate

    My favorite way to enjoy this fantastic hike to Odessa is to begin at Bear Lake and take the trail up to the connection to the mesmerizing views at Lake Helene and continue down to the classic shores of Odessa. From Odessa, I continue down to Fern ...

  • Ouzel Lake Hike

    Roundtrip Length: 10 mi Difficulty: Moderate

    Hike with us to Ouzel Lake!