As I mentioned here, I’m going through a little bit of a Colorado withdrawal, and I realized a few days ago that I have a few photos from some of my last little solo adventures I took while I was still living there. On the last Sunday of summer – a golden, warm September 20th – I woke up at 5am to catch the early morning magic hour along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.
“I’d been hiking in RMNP a number of times this summer, but stuck entirely to hiking trails easily accessible from the Estes Park entrance on the eastern side of the park. My plan for this golden Sunday morning in late September was to drive along the park’s famous Trail Ridge Road, which would take me west from Estes Park all the way through the park to Grand Lake along US-34.
The distance between Estes Park and Grand Lake is just under 50 miles, but it took a little more than 2 hours to drive the entire road due to winding roads next to steep cliffs and no guard rails — my frequent stopping for roadside photo-taking slowed me down a little too.”
The beauty of late summer in Colorado didn’t end once I reached the western side of the park. I located the trailhead for the East Inlet Trail, parked, and hit the trail. I didn’t know what this hike would look like, but it was as though the universe had been saving the best (and most beautiful) Rocky Mountain adventure for last. I only wish I had discovered the quieter, lesser-known and less-visited natural brilliance of western RMNP earlier in the summer. It was the perfect day.
I don’t know this guy, lol
I could have watched this fly-fisherman and stared at the mountains and soaked up the sun and eavesdropped on this little outdoorsy family all afternoon
What is your favorite photo from the East Inlet Trail hike?