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For planning star gazing and photography in the park, and for those long hikes that can extend into the night, we made a 2019 Solar and Lunar calendar for RMNP.

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Boulder Brook - Glacier Gorge Loop
2019-06-28 Bridge over Boulder Brook

2019-06-28 Bridge over Boulder Brook

On June 28, 2019, we hiked from Sprague Lake up the Boulder Brook Trail, then northwest on the North Longs Peak Trail to the Glacier Gorge Trail, then west on the Glacier Gorge Trail to the unofficial Fire Trail, then down the Fire Trail to the old Glacier Gorge Trailhead, then east to Sprague Lake along the trail that parallels Bear Lake Road.

Here's video we took:

Total distance was about 9 miles. We forgot to take the GPS so the distance is approximate. Elevation change from low to high was about 1,800 feet.

2019-06-28 Intersection of Boulder Brook and Granite Pass trails

2019-06-28 Intersection of Boulder Brook and Granite Pass trails

2019-06-28 Glacier Creek

2019-06-28 Glacier Creek


Hollowell Park - Cub Lake Loop
2019-06-19 Big Thompson River in Moraine Park

2019-06-19 Big Thompson River in Moraine Park

On June 19, 2019, we hiked from the east side of Moraine Park, just off Bear Lake Road, to Cub Lake, then took the Mill Creek Trail to Hollowell Park. At Hollowell Park, we took the left branch at the trail intersection, where the sign said "Horse trail to Moraine Park". From the horse trail, we eventually hiked up to the top of the moraine, which forms the south rim of Moraine Park, heading east along the top of the moraine until we reached the horse trail again which took us down to Moraine Park.

Here's video we took:

Total distance was about 9 miles, with elevation change from low to high of about 1,600 feet.

2019-06-19 Cub Lake from Mill Creek Trail

2019-06-19 Cub Lake from Mill Creek Trail

2019-06-19 Sign on Mill Creek Trail

2019-06-19 Sign on Mill Creek Trail

2019-06-19 Hollowell Park

2019-06-19 Hollowell Park

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Cook Mountain from Button Rock Preserve
2019-04-09 Helicopter with water bucket at Button Rock Preserve

2019-04-09 Helicopter with water bucket at Button Rock Preserve

On April 9, 2019 we hiked from Button Rock Preserve to the Cook Mountain summit. Along the way we watched the Colorado Army National Guard conducting helicopter firefighting exercises using a bucket at Ralph Price Reservoir. Here's video we took:

On the Cook Mountain summit we found the old summit register which we have signed many times before. It's the oldest summit register still in use that we've ever seen, placed there on March 16, 1974. As you can see, it's in bad shape, but there are still blank pages for more signers.

2019-04-09 Old summit register on Cook Mountain

2019-04-09 Old summit register on Cook Mountain

Elevation gain from parking place to summit was about 1600 feet.

The ascent of Cook Mountain was from the south side, and the descent was the north side, then followed dirt road back to the reservoir. Distance traveled was about 10 miles.

See GPS tracks


Lefthand OHV Area Loop
2019-02-28 Point 7201 from northwest

2019-02-28 Point 7201 from northwest

Parking off Lefthand Canyon Drive where bicyclists often park, we hiked a 5.4 mile loop with an elevation gain of 1800 feet, on U.S. Forest Service roads and trails, in what the U.S. Forest Service calls the Lefthand OHV Area.

2019-02-28 Fairview Peak from high point of loop

2019-02-28 Fairview Peak from high point of loop

Since there's no bushwacking involved, this would be a nice loop for trail runners. We sometimes see people running up and down Mt Sanitas multiple times. The elevation gain on this one is 50% more than Sanitas, so it's a good one for staying in shape.

Note that on this loop there are so many Forest Service, as well as unofficial, roads and trail intersections that it's difficult to describe every turn to do the complete loop.

GPS tracking was slow to start, but it tracked to the end, showing where we parked.



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