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Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« on: July 07, 2014, 01:44:41 AM »
Trip report:

After five years I got around to making a Shutterfly photo book for my August 2009 trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, so I thought I'll put up a quick pictorial trip report.

Note that this trip was the first time I took 'real' pictures, so the quality definitely isn't up to par. However I still think that there may be some good info for anyone considering a trip up there.

Click on any picture to see it in full resolution.

Day 1:

Approaching the Denver airport:







Stopping at East Side Kosher Deli to pick up some food:



Heading north:



We rented a cabin called the Bee Hive just outside Rocky Mountain National Park, on the outskirts of Estes Park (the town right by the park). It was secluded, rustic, and tiny - absolutely perfect for a mountain vacation.









The Fall River right in our backyard:



The inside was small but perfect:









Plenty of hummingbirds and deer in our backyard:











Day 2:

Heading into Rocky Mountain National Park:



Selfie mode, circa 2009:





Trail Ridge Road is the highest paved road in North America, climbing to 12,183'. It cuts across the park from east to west, and climbs from the forested foothills up to the alpine tundra, and passing many amazing scenic lookouts along the way.

Beginning of the road:





Rainbow Curve is one of the more spectacular lookouts:



Chipmunks begging for food at Rainbow Curve:



This one scored a potato chip as big as his head:



All this guy got was a tiny seed:



Clark's Nutcracker:







Pretty heart-shaped lake:



Further up the road the landscape changes. The trees start thinning out and give way to the tundra:



The weather starts getting wilder:



We stopped at Gore Range overlook, as the weather was turning bad:



At one point it began snowing (in August!), so we decided to wait out the storm at the Alpine Visitor Center, which sits at 11,796':



There were plenty of snowdrifts around here, causing some areas to be closed:





After a while it started to clear, and we headed back down the mountain. Luckily none of the snow ended up sticking:









Day 3:

Route 7, next to Allenspark, CO:



ATVing in Roosevelt National Forest.



Mount Meeker, the second tallest peak in the park, seen from Route 7:



Sunset from Forest Canyon overlook on Trail Ridge Road:












Day 4:

Back in Rocky Mountain NP, hiking Lily Ridge Trail around Lily Lake:

















Hiking 6 miles to Mills Lake:

Stopping Alberta Falls:



Alberta Falls gorge:











Mills Lake:







Keyboards of the Wide formation behind the lake. The formation is part of Longs Peak, the tallest mountain in the park at 14,259':



Heading back:



Late light over Upper Beaver Meadows and the Continental Divide:



Deer Mountain:




Day 5:

Estes Park Aerial Tramway:





Complete pano (click through for full resolution):



Very <ahem> tasteful chocolates in the gift shop:



Back to the park:



Lawn Lake flood disaster area:





View from the top:



Heading up Old Fall River Road. It starts out pretty nice...:



But pretty soon turns into a terrifying track:







And then it heads above treeline:







Elk:



Hiking up Marmot Point:





View from the top:



360-degree pano from the peak of Marmot Point - click through for the full-res version:



Heading back down via Trail Ridge Road:

View from Medicine Bow Curve overlook:



Elk:



Hidden moose:



Finishing the trip by pouring water into both the Atlantic and Pacific at once:



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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 01:55:00 AM »
Your pictures are unreal. I don't know anything about photography and anything I say would probably just sound stupid... so, just wow! :D

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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 02:15:04 AM »
Thanks for another nice TR.

You sure you didn't miss any trip from 10 years ago? :)

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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 02:25:12 AM »
It's a beautiful world out there.

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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2014, 09:04:21 AM »
Wow. Stunning

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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2014, 03:14:58 PM »
Doesn't look that nice in reality. Your pics are unreal.
I gotta go back there and do it all over again - with the SomethingFishy app installed on my Google Glass.
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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2014, 04:31:32 PM »
Thanks for the great tr
And thanks for those stunning pictures

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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2014, 09:10:33 PM »
Doesn't look that nice in reality. Your pics are unreal.
I gotta go back there and do it all over again - with the SomethingFishy app installed on my Google Glass.

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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2014, 09:16:25 PM »

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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2014, 09:16:53 PM »
Which camera did u use ?

Nikon D90.
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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2014, 09:18:42 PM »
Nikon D90.
really beautiful. Do u use that camera at the DO's ?

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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2014, 09:19:23 PM »
really beautiful. Do u use that camera at the DO's ?

That camera is long gone. It's a D600/D800 these days.
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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2014, 03:38:59 AM »
Doesn't look that nice in reality. Your pics are unreal.
I gotta go back there and do it all over again - with the SomethingFishy app installed on my Google Glass.
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I think these pictures while amazing, don't quite catch the jaw dropping beauty of trail ridge road...

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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2014, 10:32:48 AM »
went there last year,
planning some other scenic trip out there for this summer.

but I have to say, that after seeing this, I must go again..

guys, before going anywhere, pictures like these need to be seen....

just wow !

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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park (2009)
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2014, 10:37:08 AM »
guys, before going anywhere, pictures like these need to be seen....
Not so sure about that. SF could go to Syria & bring back stunning pictures.