Hiking in the Rocky Mountains – Frequently Asked Question

What clothes should I wear? 2020-04-30T08:16:02-07:00

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? 2021-12-30T16:01:58-07:00

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 and at least two liters of water.

What about transportation at the end of the trip?2021-12-30T16:03:27-07:00

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 for departure. If your car has been parked in Estes Park, we will see that you are returned to your car.  We will be in contact with you about a week prior to your trip to confirm arrival and departure plans.

What about our evening meals?2020-03-05T12:11:27-07:00

Breakfast and pack lunches are included in the self-guided package. Evening meals are on your own.  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?2021-12-30T16:09:36-07:00

As of 2022 we will only be booking three lodges.  These are the places we count on for consistency.  Blue Door Inn and Alpine Trail Ridge are both good solid lodges in Estes Park.  They’re not fancy, but they’re clean, convenient and perfect for what we’re looking for.  The Allenspark Lodge is an old historical lodge and it’s a winner.  Be warned- some of the bathrooms are down the hall so it’s first come, first serve.  Also, most of the rooms with one bed have a double/full bed.  If you need more space, ask for two beds.

If we’re driving, can we leave our car in Allenspark?2021-12-30T16:11:15-07:00

No as there is not enough space to store your car for the week.  We’ll take car of parking your car in Estes Park and then getting you back at the end of the trip.

On the WTW, what day of the week can we start?2021-12-30T16:16:46-07:00

Arrival day for a 5ight/4day is Sunday.  We may be able to squeeze in a couple of Mondays.  For a 4night/3day trip, you can arrive on Sunday or Monday.  Weeks where the trip is not offered are posted.

How hard is the hiking on the WTW?2021-12-30T16:18:07-07:00

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 35 years.

I’m not sure I can hike everyday. What happens if I cannot hike on a given day?2014-12-16T19:50:20-07:00

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?2014-12-16T19:49:44-07:00

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 time of year is best for the WTW?2014-12-16T19:42:43-07:00

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)?2014-12-16T19:42:36-07:00