Rocky Mountain is my favorite national park. This is despite the fact that I had my scariest experience there. It encompasses about 265,000 acres, with over 60 peaks topping above 12,000 feet. 350 miles of meandering trails through the park makes it a paradise for a hiker.
Having all these in mind, I set out on the adventure on an early Saturday morning. I flew to Denver with 6am flight, then drove for one and a half hours to Este Park. I did the hiking alone, then got altitude sickness while on the hiking trails by the cliff due to the elevation. It was the highest elevation that I had ever been to. That was the moment I could not stop thinking "what if I died today?"
|one of the narrow hiking trails by the cliff|
I had not told my family of the hotel in which I would be staying in and the thought of never being found if I fell off constantly haunted me. Lessons learned. Ever since that time, I send my family all my travel itineraries and confirmation. And no more long distance hiking alone.
The different conditions in the Rocky Mountain national park make the experience there more exciting. Some of the hiking routes that I found to be among the best were Ute Trail and Chasm Lake. Ute Trail has amazing panoramic views that one can enjoy without having to climb to the high altitudes. Chasm Lake on the other hand allowed me to have a perfect view of the Long Peak wall, famously known as the “Diamond”. I would go back to the Rockies for hiking in a heartbeat.
"The mountains are calling, and I must go" -John Muir