Picture Postcard – Rocky Mountain National Park

“Seventy-four, seventy-five, seventy-six….” I passed these young hikers as they were counting their way up the Alpine Ridge Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Their goal was to reach the summit at 12,005 feet above sea level.

You can find this hike at the Alpine Visitor’s Center during the summer months. The trail is short and steep and at high altitude, earning its nickname “Huffers Hill”. It was actually made much easier when the National Park Service rebuilt the trail into a staircase with over 200 stairs to climb in just .3 miles.

The panoramic view of the surrounding mountains is well worth counting your way up.

Seventy-seven, seventy-eight…




Welcome to a new series of travel postcards that I’ll be posting once a week. Click on the card for a larger view.