High above the Rocky Mountains and the city of Denver, lies a road that takes you up to 12,183 ft above sea level. This is higher that almost every day-hike that most people can do. You can experience it from the seat of your car, but you should come out and hike a couple of trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. In 2016, I planned a trip to take me there.
First, you’ll drive north west from Denver and then slightly west via US-36 to bring you into the park. You begin to see some of the peaks of the Rocky’s rise up into view as you get closer.
Once your in the park, the crest of the mountains are always in view. We decided to do one hike to Emerald Lake
You’ll continue up stopping at a few viewpoints, whats really nice is that if you’re hiking here in the Spring or Summer, theres lots of wildlife on the trail.
After about 1-2 hours of hiking, you arrive at Emerald Lake
Now at this point, you can get back in your car and continue up to Trail Ridge Road, This road takes you into Alpine territory, and you gradually ascend to over 12K Feet!
Bonus Meal : Mike Bar and Grill!
We drove up towards Yellowstone after Rocky Mountains, if your passing through i highly suggest stopping off at Rawlins, WY and have a meal at Mikes Bar and Grill (1711 W Spruce St Rawlins, Wyoming 82301)