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? 2016-11-16T16:57:13-07:00

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, at least two liters of water. And don’t forget that camera!

What about transportation at the end of the trip?2020-03-05T12:09:50-07:00

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 where to pick you up in Allenspark or Baldpate upon departure. If your car has been parked at the 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?2014-12-16T19:52:16-07:00

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?2014-12-16T19:51:53-07:00

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?2020-03-05T12:15:26-07:00

For each length of trip there are suggested arrival days listed.  Please look at the WTW page for this information as it can change from year to year.  If these don’t match your travel plans, you might want to contact us and see what we can work out.

How hard is the hiking on the WTW?2014-12-16T19:50:45-07:00

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 25 years.

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

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

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

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