The Walter Tishma Way 2017-01-03T10:34:51+00:00

The Walter Tishma Way

The beauty of this self-guided trip is that everything is done for you. I often say, “Just do the next thing.”  Yet, even with all this planning, your trip is your own. You walk your own pace and spend time with your own group. Trip is offered from the end of May to the end of September. You can hire a private guide ($120 per day) for your entire trip or just for the harder days.  **3night/2day trips are available early May and through November.

  • A 42-mile inn-to-inn route with world-class Rocky Mountain scenery
  • Self-guided trips available May to the end of September
  • Hike 7-11 miles per day
  • Luggage is transferred so that you’ll only carry a day pack
  • A unique adventure with good food and wine!
  • A full-service Outdoor Company keeping track of you and making sure you arrive!
How to get there:

From DIA – Denver International Airport:

  • Arrive by Estes Park Shuttle – will drop you in Estes Park and pick you up in Allenspark
  • Arrive by car. All cars are parked at the Estes Park Visitor’s Center with a voucher
  • We will return you to your car at the end of your trip

Reservations:

Have the following info ready

  • Preferred length of trip (there are four offerings)
  • Preferred dates – is there any flexibility with the dates?
  • How many people • How many rooms – how many beds per room
  • A $300 deposit per room is due at time of booking
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to your trip date.
  • Once paid, you’ll receive a full packet with your route guide, maps, gear guide, park information etc.
  • Upon arrival you’ll receive another packet with your luggage tags, car voucher if needed and park passes

Overview:

  • Arrival day: spend the first night at your lodge, begin hiking the following day
  • Hiking days:the WTW route is a continuous line, but over the years we’ve taken out sections that made the day too long and weren’t necessary. Typically a shuttle takes you to the trailhead, then you hike all the way to the next lodge. We have found this to be a good thing as the shuttler makes sure you have everything and gives you tips for the day.
  • Last day of hiking: finish the day, spend the night at your lodge, enjoy a wonderful breakfast. You’re done!!
  • Be sure to make your flight reservation to allow for enough time for your transfer back to DIA. If taking the shuttle, a 10:00 pick-up in Allenspark is perfect.

Keep in mind, we don’t just throw you out there. We’re all over this project. If you don’t arrive by a certain time, we get a phone call. Anything you need along the way, we’ll see that it’s taken care of. We have been owners of The Warming House, a full-service outdoor store, for over 30 years. We specialize in “real” boots, hiking gear and travel. Any other questions, feel free to e-mail us at info@footpathsoftheworld.com.

Inn-to-inn hiking is not just about the hiking, the lodging should be fun, diverse and representative of the area. It’s like a smorgasbord with every night being a little different.

A normal 5night/4day trip goes as follows.

Arrival Day:

Estes Park Resort. This modern lodge located on Lake Estes is the perfect arrival destination. Rooms are large, modern and spacious and the resort has an in-house bar and restaurant. If you’re driving, you can keep your car the first night and go anywhere you want in town. If arriving by shuttle, you have access to the summer shuttle system mid-summer or you can walk to town via the Lake Estes Trail.

First Day from Cow Creek Trail

We have two options depending on availability and room needs.

  • Gilded Pine Meadows B&B is a victorian house located about 1/2 mile from town in a very peaceful setting. There are three rooms that share a sun porch and living room/dining room. B&Bs are always noted for a scrumpuous breakfast. Twin Owls Steakhouse is just across the street and offers fine dining in a beautiful, log building.
  • The Stanley Hotel. This neo-Georgian style hotel was built in 1901 and sits above the town of Estes Park. The in-house bar and restaurant make it easy to “stay-put” for the evening. You’ll be about 1/2 mile from downtown if your legs need more hiking.

Second Day from Aspen Glen Trail

Most guests will stay right off the trail at the Eagle Cliff House B&B. Nancy has been taking care of our guests since we started the trail and this is a favorite. Unfortunately, there are only two rooms so if we have a bigger group, we shuttle a little ways down the road to the Alpine Trail Ridge Inn. This is the big white motel, like the one you stayed in with your parents. While it doesn’t have cute pillows or quilts, the rooms are large, spacious and super-clean, the bar is next door, you’re within walking distance of Dave’s BBQ (a local favorite) and right on the shuttle route which will take you to the National Park Headquarters or downtown. Perfect for walkers- what’s not to love.

Third Day from Storm Pass/Estes Cone

This is your hardest day of hiking and nothing beats arriving at the warmth of the Baldpate Inn. This old historical lodge oozes with Colorado charm. A large soup and salad buffet is served throughout the day and evening. Make sure you get some of Lois’s famous cornbread and pie.

Fourth Day from Wild Basin

We’ve saved the most beautiful day for last and what fun to walk into the small village of Allenspark and the Allenspark Lodge. This is another historical lodge and a WTW favorite. There’s a hot-tub and two living spaces to relax in before heading for the Fawn Brook Inn for your celebration dinner. Save a little room. Juanita’s breakfast is huge.

Cow Creek

This day begins in the foothills east of Estes Park, an area of large rock formations and green forests. The highlight of the day is the arrival at little Gem Lake where just beyond, the view stretches across the Estes Valley. In the distance are the high Rocky Mountains and your next four to five days of hiking. Your route will take you right into Estes Park and your night’s lodging in town.

  • Distance: 9 miles to the lodge
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft.
  • High Point: 8830 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Aspen Glen Meadows Day

We love this day and often use it for a guided day hike. The route begins at the northern end of the park near the Aspen Glen Campground, then winds its way south through three beautiful meadows: Little Horseshoe Park, Beaver Meadows and Moraine Park. Not only is this the easiest day on the route, you’ll have most of it to yourself.

  • Distance: 8.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft.
  • High Point: 8802 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy Moderate

Storm Pass/ Estes Cone

On this day the WTW leaves the Estes Valley and makes its way south over Storm Pass to the higher elevations of the Tahosa Valley. This is our gateway south. Elevation gain for the day is just over 2600 feet in 9 miles so taking it slow and steady is important. If you’ve got plenty of steam, there’s an opportunity to climb Estes Cone from the Pass which will add an additional 700 feet of elevation gain. Views, views, views. The trail then descends to Lily Lake and The Baldpate Inn.

  • Distance: 10.5 miles with Estes Cone, 9 miles over the pass
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft to the Pass, 3,300 ft. to the Cone
  • High Point: 10,300 ft. at the Pass, 11,006 ft. at the Cone
  • Difficulty: More Difficult

Twin Sisters

Twin Sisters is added on all trips with 6nights/5days. If you’re ready to see forever you’ll love this hike. The switch-backing trail rises gradually before reaching tree-line and the last half mile to the rocky summit. Longs Peak, RMNPs highest peak, rises to the west and the Colorado plains stretch out to Kansas to the east.

  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2,338 ft.
  • High Point: 11,428 ft.
  • Difficulty: More Difficult

Wild Basin

This is a splendid day with a great system of trails and over-the-top rewards awaiting your arrival in Allenspark. The trail follows a rushing torrent to beautiful Calypso Cascade. At this point walkers have the option of a side-trip to Ouzel Falls. Then it’s one more uphill climb out of the basin and over the ridge before dropping into Allenspark. As you make this final assault, don’t forget to turn around and soak in some of the best views in the world.

  • Distance: 7.9 (shorter and longer available)
  • Elevation Gain: 1.800 ft.
  • High Point: 9,472 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Deer Mountain

We added this day a couple of years ago as an alternative to the Aspen Glen Day and will take walkers staying at Alpine Trail Ridge Inn right to the doorstep.  The trail follows a lovely set of switchbacks to the Deer Mountain summit with views toward the Front Range to the southwest and Estes Park to the east. Walkers will enjoy the quiet solitude of descending on the North Deer Mt Trail which seldom sees much traffic.

  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2,444 ft.
  • High Point: 10,013 ft.
  • Difficulty: More Difficult

To book the Walter Tishma Way contact us with your preferred dates and let us see if we can accommodate you. Let us know the number of people and whether they are double or single occupancy.

If booking a double occupancy room let us know whether you prefer a room with one or two beds. Older lodges have mostly double beds if you’re booking a room with one bed. A twin room may give you more space. Also, these older lodges try to book rooms with bathrooms for us, however, if these rooms are booked, bathrooms are down the hall. This may be part of your “roughing it” adventure.

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