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
  • Mount Olympus

    You've got to see the views from the top!

    In all the years I’ve lived here, I’ve always been drawn to this looming yet modest peak and now is our chance to tackle the approximately 1400 foot elevation gain to the top. The trailhead is located in Roosevelt National Forest about one mile east of E...

  • Nymph, Dream and Emerald Lakes

    Roundtrip Length: 3.6 miles Difficulty: Moderate
    Start-End Elevation - 9,475' - 9,705' (Nymph): 9,912' (Dream): 10,090' (Emerald)

    Emerald Lake is by far one of the most popular hikes in Rocky in any season. Famous for the lily pads of summer, Nymph is the first of three classic lakes. Second 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!

  • Sandbeach Lake

    Roundtrip Length: 8.4 mi Difficulty: Strenuous

    Sandbeach Lake reminds us of one of those beautiful lake beaches where you can lay out on a towel, go for a swim or take a stroll on a spacious sandy beach. The only difference is that this lake is at 10,283 feet in elevation and is surrounded b...

  • Shelf & Solitude Lakes

    There is something profoundly rewarding about discovering isolated spots in Rocky where we can disconnect from our busy lives and find inspiration from the beauty of these natural landscapes.

    Finding those places, however, can be a bit of a challenge when you’re in the third busiest National Par...

  • Sky Pond

    Roundtrip Length: 10 mi Difficulty: Strenuous

    The Sky Pond hike is beautifully deceptive. More than a pond, the destination is not deceptive, but the final portion of the journey is. After an artfully carved “stairway to heaven”, a unique slippery climb up a waterfall brings us to a magnifice...

  • Snowshoe in Rocky

    Join adventure filmmaker Nick Molle as he showcases some of the best snowshoeing trails in Rocky Mountain National Park!

  • Sprague Lake

    Roundtrip Length: 0.8 mi Difficulty: Easy

    Enjoy a short walk around Sprague Lake in Rocky!

  • Tourmaline Lake

    Roundtrip Length: 10.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous

    Tourmaline Lake is one of those hikes in Rocky where the impressive part is not just the lake itself, but also the feeling of accomplishment after tackling this challenging journey. At 10,600 feet, the small aqua colored Tourmaline Lake includ...

  • Twin Sisters

    Roundtrip Length: 8 mi Difficulty: Strenuous

    Twin Sisters has the distinctive position among our hikes of being a great lookout to see the cities in the valley to the east and enjoy an exceptional view of the high peaks to the west.