Parika Lake and Baker Pass
Few hikes have as much to offer as this one into the beautiful and evocatively named Never Summer Range. This hike is loaded with treats. The trail is excellent through lush, gorgeous country; motor vehicles are forbidden; the trail is used by relatively few hikers; and there is plenty of flowing water along the way. Since the trailhead is located within Rocky Mountain National Park, an entrance fee is required. Most of this hike however, lies in the Never Summer Wilderness of the Arapaho National Forest. The beautiful, evocatively-named Never Summer Range is a translation from the Arapaho language. In 1914, some elderly Arapahos, invited by Oliver Toll, came to Estes Park to revisit some of their early hunting grounds. They related some of their adventures, as well as the native names for some of the future National Park's features. The equally appropriate "cloud" names for most of the major summits in the range were the idea of James Grafton Rogers, a founder of the Colorado Mountain Club
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Grand Lake|
|Elevation Gain||3,106 ft|
|Duration||168 min to Parika, 57 min to Baker Pass, 137 min back to TH|
|Season||Mid-June to mid-October|
|Trailhead Elevation||8,850 ft|
|Top Elevation||11,386 ft|
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