The Walter Tishma Way

Estes Park, Colorado.

As with many small businesses, we have faced many challenges in the last few years.  Last year (2022) was a year I’ll never forget.  After almost 20 years in business, I made several changes to the itinerary opting to give up a few of the “inn to inn” components and relying on the best trip ingredients.  We went with our three best lodges, our best and most consistant restaurants and added the new Cub Lake/Moraine Park hiking day which turned out to be a favorite.   It was the best itinerary I’ve ever offered.  I loved it.  Let’s do it again in 2023!

“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 at first lodge or Estes Park Parking Garage with overnight permit
  • We will return you to your car at the end of your trip


Have the following info ready

  • Preferred length of trip
  • Preferred dates
  • How many people • How many rooms – how many beds in each room
  • A $300 deposit per room is due once trip is booked (one couple booking one room throughout is a $300 deposit)
  • 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 and any vouchers needed.


  • 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.  We will meet you at your first lodge.  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 and in 2022 there will be two days with afternoon pick-ups.  The shuttle 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 at 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.

Deer Mountain

Deer Mountain Summit and the Deer Mountain Circular are two moderate options beginning near the Aspen Glen Campground.  The Summit Trail follows a lovely set of switchback to the top of Deer Mountain with views of 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.

The Deer Mountain Circular is a bit easier than the summit as it circles the mountain before climbing a final ridge and descending on the lower flanks of the North Deer Mt Trail.  Lots of solitude and beautiful views.

Summit Distance: 10 miles,  Circular: 7.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,444 ft.
High Point: 10,013 ft. to summit
Summit Difficulty: More Difficult, Circular: Moderate

Aspen Glen Meadows Day

The Aspen Glen Day is not on our normal itinerary, but we’re keeping it as we pull it out often if we need to insert an easier day somewhere.   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 the day fairly easy, you’ll have most of it to yourself.

Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft.
High Point: 8802 ft.
Difficulty: Easy Moderate

Cub Lake/Moraine Park- new day with three glorious options.  Update coming.

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. 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 where the site of the van will make you happy.  We will whisk you away.

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

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 assent don’t forget to turn around and soak in some of the best views in the world.

Distance: 8.2 (shorter and longer available)
Elevation Gain: 1.800 ft.
High Point: 9,472 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate

Lodging is my biggest challenge.  This year I’m only working with three lodges, but these are the ones I trust most.

Blue Door Inn in Estes Park.  We love this lodge.  It’s clean, spaceous, efficient and within walking distance of town and the Lake Estes Trail.  Has a pool and beautiful grounds.  This is a good place to start.

Alpine Trail Ridge Inn-  This simple motel-style lodge is perfect for walkers.  It has a small pool, hot-tub and newly renovated rooms.  The best thing is the location.  Bird and Jim restaurant, the best restaurant in town, is right next door.  I always know where my walkers are at 4:00.  They’re next door on the patio having a beer.  Bird and Jim Wayfinder and Dave’s BBQ round out the dinner options.  Breakfast is superb with breakfast burritos from Scratch or a sit-down at Wayfinder.

Allenspark Lodge- I’ve been working with Bill and Juanita for almost 20 years.  This is a great historical lodge and a WTW favorite.  Plenty of room to relax inside and out or talk a walk over to visit the horses and chickens.  For Wednesday nights, you’ll have pizza at the local Rock Creek Tavern.  On Thursday nights, Bill and Juanita provide a set home-cooked meal.  We did this last year and it was a big hit.  In the morning Juanita’s breakfast is huge.  There are several rooms with bathrooms down the hall.  Ensuite baths will be first-come, first-serve.

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 some 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 BEGINNING before I start booking.  Seven Keys Lodge is an old historical lodge and will have some bathrooms down the hall in the lodge.  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 Night / 4 Day Trip- 2023


• Double occupancy: $1180 pp
• Single Occupancy: $1550 pp

• lodging with breakfast
• sack lunches on hiking days
• luggage transfer
• trekking poles during trip
• map and route guide
• dinner at Allenspark on Thursday night
• shuttling within trip and return to Estes Park if needed

• other evening meals/alcoholic beverages
• park pass
• trip Insurance
• transportation to and from Estes Park

• Sundays- 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/30, 8/6, 8/20, 8/27, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24

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4 Night/3 Day Trips- 2023

• Double occupancy: $1060 pp
• Single Occupancy: $1440 pp

• 6/4, 6/5, 6/11, 6/12, 6/18, 6/19, 6/25, 6/26, 7/9, 7/10, 7/16, 7/17, 7/30, 7/31, 8/6, 8/7, 8/20, 8/21, 8/27, 8/28, 9/10, 9/11, 9/17, 9/18, 9/24, 9/25

• Same as 5/4 trip except trips arriving on Sunday do not include a Thursday dinner in Allenspark

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3 Nights/2 Days

Please contact me if you want to do a short trip.  Price needs to be customized depending on where we lodge.