FAQ 2017-11-07T10:34:40+00:00

Hiking in the Rocky Mountains – Frequently Asked Question

What clothes should I wear?  2014-12-16T19:57:33+00:00

Hiking in the Rockies in the summer can be as hot as 90 degrees Fahrenheit, or it can be snowing up in the high country. Dressing in layers is essential. There is also a good chance for rain most late afternoons, so waterproof and breathable rain gear is essential. A hat to keep the sun off, and a sturdy pair of hiking boots will give you a great trip. Click here for more details about recommended hiking clothing.

What should I pack in my backpack?  2016-11-16T16:57:13+00:00

The safety items recommended for all hikers include headlamp or flashlight (even if the plan is to hike in the day), compass, map, knife, first aid kit, and space blanket. Also plan on bringing sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks, at least two liters of water. And don’t forget that camera!

What does the hiking day trip include? 2014-12-16T19:56:54+00:00

Guided day hikes include private guide, backpack rental, and sack lunch.

What are the qualifications of my guide? 2014-12-16T19:56:33+00:00

Our guides have years of hiking experience, especially in Rocky Mountain National Park, where you will be going. All guides are first aid and CPR certified by the American Red Cross, and our guide service is authorized by the National Park Service. Our guides have extensive knowledge of the area, and can take you on the safest hike that matches your ability level.

Can you handle large groups?  2014-12-16T19:56:12+00:00

Absolutely! We love large groups, and have numerous guides available to tackle the task. If requested, we can divide the group up by ability level, giving each group different goals and accomplishments. Large groups do need to bring their own lunch. Large groups need to have a central contact who is the “group leader”, responsible for coordinating with us and arranging payment.

What kind of clothes should I wear? 2016-11-16T16:57:13+00:00

You will want to dress warm as if you were going skiing or sledding. Dress in layers. You will be quite warm when you’re moving and quite cold when you stop for lunch so you’ll want to dress accordingly. Sturdy hiking boots or warm snow boots are recommended. Gaiters are good for keeping snow out of your boots, but they aren’t necessary. Gloves or mittens are a must, as is a winter cap or earband. A parka or coat will be worn part most of the time. Waterproof pants will keep you much drier, lighter and more comfortable than jeans.

What should I pack in my backpack? 2014-12-16T19:55:00+00:00

You’ll want to bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, gloves, hat and snacks.  If you’re dressing lightly, you might want to include a layering piece.

What are the qualifications of the guides? 2014-12-16T19:54:39+00:00

Our guides have years of snowshoeing experience especially in Rocky Mountain National Park where you will be going. All guides are first aid and CPR certified by the American Red Cross and our guide service is authorized by the National Park Service. Our guides have extensive knowledge of the area and can take you on the safest hike that matches your ability level.

What’s included with a private guided snowshoe trip 2014-12-16T19:54:09+00:00

Guide, snowshoes and poles, overshoes if needed, backpack if needed, hot soup, hot cocoa and sack lunch.  Group rates include all of the above except lunch.  Rocky Mountain National Park pass is not included.

Can you handle large groups? 2014-12-16T19:53:46+00:00

Absolutely! We love large group, and have numerous guides to tackle the task. If requested, we can divide the group up by ability level, giving each group different goals and accomplishments. Large groups do need to bring their own lunch, but we still provide the cocoa. Large groups need to have a central contact who is the “group leader”, responsible for coordinating with us and arranging payment.

What about transportation at the end of the trip? 2014-12-16T19:53:15+00:00

If you’re coming by shuttle from the airport and not renting a car be sure and make arrangements with the Estes Park Shuttle. They will need to know where to deliver you in Estes Park upon arrival, and where to pick you up in Allenspark or Peaceful Valley upon departure. If your car has been parked at the Estes Park Visitor’s Center, we will see that you are returned to your car.

What about our evening meals? 2014-12-16T19:52:52+00:00

Breakfast and pack lunches are included in the self-guided package. Evening meals are not included with the exception of trips that end in Allenspark. During the week you’ll be eating at the lodge you’re staying at or at a restaurant within walking distance.

What are the lodges along the WTW like? 2014-12-16T19:52:16+00:00

Most likely your trip will include a modern lodge, a small B&B and several historical lodges. Please note: Old lodges do not have the typical motel rooms with two large beds and a bathroom. Many of the rooms have double beds and bathrooms may be down the hall. When doing the WTW, you might stay at least one or two nights in a place you would never have booked on your own. Don’t be surprised if these turn out to be your favorites.  After a long day of hiking, you’ll be so happy to get your boots off, shower, eat, drink, slip into pajamas and sink into a bed, that you may not even notice how rustic the lodging is.

If we’re driving, can we leave our car in Allenspark? 2014-12-16T19:51:53+00:00

No. The lodges we use don’t have space to store your car for the week. But, more importantly, to really experience inn-to-inn hiking at it’s best, you want to arrive in Allenspark on foot, not in a car. There is a sense of accomplishment and an unfolding of your final destination that you don’t want to spoil. You don’t want to see the bride before the wedding or read the ending of the book first.

On the WTW, what day of the week can we start? 2014-12-16T19:51:19+00:00

Below are the best starting days (arrival days).

  • 4Night/3Day Trip- Any day but Tuesday
  • 5Night/4Day Trip- Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday
  • 6Night/5Day Trip- Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
How hard is the hiking on the WTW? 2014-12-16T19:50:45+00:00

Most of the hiking is moderate to more difficult.   On several days there are easier options. For some people, hiking over Storm Pass and hiking several days in a row will be strenuous. But there are no high mountains to climb and nothing is technical. As with all physical activities, good fitness is key. If you question your physical abilities, please consult with your physician. If you have questions about the terrain and your experience level, call us and we’ll be happy to consult with you. We’ve been matching people to appropriate hiking trips for over 25 years.

I’m not sure I can hike everyday. What happens if I cannot hike on a given day? 2014-12-16T19:50:20+00:00

On the WTW, you can always go ahead with the luggage if you just don’t think you can hike.

What do I need to do to prepare for the higher altitude? 2014-12-16T19:49:44+00:00

Hike as much as you can where you live, wear your hiking boots and carry some weight in a backpack. It’s always a good idea to build in an extra day at the beginning of your trip to get acclimated. While on the trail, drink at least two liters of water per day while hiking. Take hydration drinks such as Cytomax and carry Gu. Eat regularly and stay away from alcohol during the day. Don’t smoke.

What if we want to travel on the WTW with a guide? 2016-11-16T16:57:13+00:00

Keep in mind that even on a self-guided trip, you have a trip manager that keeps track of you.  If you would prefer a guide, we are an authorized Rocky Mountain National Park guide service.  Contact us.

Can I do this? 2014-12-16T19:48:54+00:00

Absolutely. We always say, “If you can walk, you can snowshoe!”

What kind of special equipment is required for snowshoeing? 2014-12-16T19:44:41+00:00

Snowshoeing requires snowshoes and hiking poles in addition to warm clothes and good snow or hiking boots. (If you don’t have boots, we can rent you a pair of overshoes) Gear rental is included in the price of your snowshoeing trip.

What are the plans for the future of the WTW? 2014-12-16T19:49:01+00:00

We continue to work on the route, improve it and expand it in both directions.

What time of year is best for the WTW? 2014-12-16T19:42:43+00:00

Early summer, late August and September are favorites. Mid-summer is beautiful, but busy in Estes Park. This is the Colorado Rockies and you can have all kinds of weather. While certainly uncommon, light snow in the summer is not unheard of.

Can we take our dogs on the Walter Tishma Way (WTW)? 2014-12-16T19:42:36+00:00

You cannot take a dog on the trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, nor in most of the available lodging.