The Walter Tishma Way

Estes Park, Colorado.

The Walter Tishma Way is a s self-guided trip with a great perk: 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. All trips are offered from the end of May through September.  4nights/3days and 3nights/2day also offered from October 19th to November 9th arriving Saturday, Sunday or Monday. 

You can hire a private guide ($140 per day) for your entire trip or just for the harder days.  

  • A 42-mile inn-to-inn route with world-class Rocky Mountain scenery
  • Self-guided trips available May through early October
  • 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!

“I thoroughly enjoyed the inn-to-inn Walter Tishma Way hiking trip. Each day starts with a great breakfast, a sack lunch for the trail, shuttle to the trailhead, a route guide and pointers about the trail and route to your next lodging. The hikes were just challenging enough to give a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day…” Client from Houston, TX

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.  Can be booked at
  • Arrive by car. Cars parked in Glen Haven or Estes Park.
  • We will return you to your car at the end of your trip


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


  • Arrival day: We will make contact about a week prior to your trip to confirm your arrival plans.  You can arrive by shuttle or by car and will meet us at The Warming House, our outdoor store.  Cars are parked there.   We will see that you get to your first destination.  We try very hard to make your arrival easy and well-planned.
  • Hiking days: The WTW route is a continuous route, but over the years we’ve taken out sections that made the day too long or difficult.  This required a morning shuttle.  What we found out was that the shuttle was a great idea and has become a signature of our style of trip.  Shuttlers are like coaches or managers and keep everyone on track.  This makes the trip run much smoother.
  • Last day of hiking: Your last day of hiking will take you to your last lodge.  After breakfast the following morning, 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.
  • We do have a luggage limitation of one carry-on size per person to be transported.  If you’re traveling further, we will keep additional luggage for you and deliver it to you at the end of your trip.  We realize that airlines limit the number of pieces so we suggest you bring a packable duffle for the trip and let us store the bigger piece.  If you have any questions or needs concerning this, please just email.

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 Difficulty

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:

The Inn Glen Haven- What a lovely place to start.  Located in the village of Glen Haven just east of Estes Park, this inn will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into an English B&B (the owner is English).  Full of warmth and charm (and plenty of wallpaper) this is a great way to start to unwind.  We lost this inn in the 2013 flood.  So glad to finally welcome them back!  We use the inn on most of our 5night/4day or 4night/3day trips.

First Day from Cow Creek Trail

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.  We use the Stanley for most trips either as the second night or arrival night.

Second Day from Aspen Glen Trail or Deer Mt Trail

Aspen Glen is the easiest day of the trip and ends at  Eagle Cliff House B&B. Nancy has been taking care of our guests since we started the trail and this is a favorite. Eagle Cliff is small and we’ve grown quite a bit through the years so we now offer the Deer Mt or Deer Mt Circular Day to  Alpine Trail Ridge Inn.  This simple motel-style lodge is perfect for walkers.  It has always been good with a pool, hot-tub and fantastic staff, but now it’s even better with newly renovated rooms.  Dining choices tonight are fun with the new up-scale Bird and Jim next door (quite the buzz in town), The Other Side and Dave’s BBQ.  You’re also right on the shuttle route if you want to visit Park Headquarters or go into town.

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 adn rustic 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.  Don’t be scared of the bathrooms and shower rooms down the hall- there are plenty of them.  If booking a 6night/5day trip you’ll hike Twin Sisters Peak right behind the lodge for your fourth day.  With a two night booking at Baldpate we’ll move your own cabin in the woods.   Lodge rooms have bathrooms down the hall.

Fourth Day from Wild Basin

What a great way to finish.  Wild Basin has lots of water, forest, and quiet ending in the 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 to Rock Creek Tavern for a celebratory dinner.  Save room.  Juanita’s breakfast is huge.  The Allenspark Lodge is another historical rustic lodge.  There are some rooms with bathrooms down the hall.

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.  If you’re tall, large or snore, you might want two beds.  Please let me know this at the very beginning when I start booking.  The Baldpate Inn is an old historical lodge and will have bathrooms down the hall.  Allenspark Lodge might be the same.  This may be part of your “roughing it” adventure but don’t be deterred- these lodges are fun.

If you have any other questions concerning the trip, you can submit your questions here

If you’re ready to book, please fill out our booking form.


5 Nights / 4 Days

• Double occupancy: $1030 pp
• Single Occupancy: $1530 pp

• lodging with breakfast
• sack lunches on hiking days
• luggage transfer
• trekking poles during trip
• map and route guide
• Rocky Mountain National Park Pass (if needed)
• GPS waypoints (for fun, not needed)
• shuttling within trip and return to Estes Park if needed

• evening meals
• alcoholic beverages
• trip Insurance
• transportation outside of trip

• Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday

• Cow Creek, Aspen Glen or Deer Mountain, Storm Pass/Estes Cone, Wild Basin

4 Nights/3 Days

• Double occupancy: $930 pp
• Single Occupancy: $1330 pp

• Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

• Cow Creek or Aspen Glen Meadows, Storm Pass/Estes Cone, Wild Basin

Other Options:

3 Nights/2 Days

The perfect “short” trip to include in your vacation. This trip begins in Estes Park and finishes at The Baldpate Inn.

• Double occupancy: $690 pp
• Single Occupancy: $890 pp

•Any day

• Aspen Glen Meadows Day or Deer Mountain, Storm Pass/Estes Cone

6 Nights/5 Days

Includes 2 night stay at Baldpate Inn that allows us to upgrade to a private cabin

• Double occupancy: $1190 pp
• Single Occupancy: $1690 pp

• Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

• Cow Creek, Aspen Glen Meadows Day or Deer Mountain, Storm Pass/Estes Cone, Twin Sisters, Wild Basin