By Jerome Malitz

Rocky Mountain nationwide Park is one in all our best average treasures. In phrases and colour images, this consultant describes thirty-three of the simplest dayhikes within the park, emphasizing not just the vacation spot of the hike, but in addition the outstanding positive aspects alongside the way in which. The advisor comprises course descriptions for Longs top, Calypso Cascades, Ouzel Falls, The Loch, Hallett top, Sky Pond, Lulu urban, and plenty of extra. Cross-referenced with "Trails Illustrated" topographic maps.

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To reach Glacier Gorge Junction, head south from the Beaver Meadows entrance on Bear Lake Road for about 9 miles. m. on summer weekends. 4 mile trail connects the two lots. 8 miles from the Beaver Meadows entrance. Here you can park your car, and take the bus to Glacier Gorge Junction. 6 milesAltitude gain:160 feetElevation at destination:9,400 feet The walk from Glacier Gorge Junction to Alberta Falls may be the most popular in the parkin part because the trail is short and easybut mainly because it's beautiful and varied.

To enjoy it fully, explore the side path that parallels the main trail within a few feet of the banks, occasionally vanishing onto huge slabs of granite hundreds of square yards in extent. But take care to avoid those places where signs designate revegetation areas. Snow-melt in the high country peaks during the heat of June and early July, and brings the rivers to their fullest. But by midsummer, the flow decreases, there is less whitewater, the cascades are less boisterous, and the falls less rambunctious.

The first view of the cascades is from an overlook a few steps to the right of the trail. A huge, split boulder perches on the other side, and Page 26 water from some tributary divides and foams around it. Between boulder and cascades a small group of pines has found a precarious perch protected, yet perpetually threatened. Further on, the cascades come crashing down through a sluiceway of enormous boulders, and passes under the footbridge that continues the trail. Upstream, the thrashing water is split by massive, rock outcroppings, the largest supporting miniature gardens complete with trees and shrubs, and all along the banks the forest is lush and verdant, in response to the abundance of water in the area.

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