Estes Park, CO
From the Ute Crossing on Trail Ridge Road, a delightful and easy tundra walk passes through most of the tundra plant communities: disturbed areas, snow-accumulated areas, mature meadows, marshes, and krummholtz (wind-distorted trees). A good destination is a tor—a mass of disintegrating, flower-filled bedrock—in Timberline Pass. As the trail undulates across the tundra south of the road, hikers’ eyes naturally turn to the highly glaciated peaks to the south (right) rising near at hand above trackless Forest Canyon and farther away above the Bear Lake area and Glacier Gorge. The flat-topped tower that rises above all others far to the south is Longs Peak, the highest mountain in the national park at 14,255 feet. Highlights: Open vistas, various tundra environments with many flower species.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Estes Park|
|Skill Level||Easy to moderate|
|Season||Best summer and fall|
|Trailhead Elevation||11,440 ft|
|Top Elevation||11,484 ft|
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