Hiking - YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park, CO
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Looking for beautiful and educational hikes in or near Rocky Mountain National Park? We have the guided hikes you are looking for! During the summer season, our expert Hikemasters lead hikes of varying difficulty to many different locations in the area. From strolling around the “Y” grounds to climbing peaks and trekking around beautiful alpine lakes, there are hikes available for everyone. Each week’s hikes are listed in the Activity Prompter [during summer months] and on our Activity and Program Registration site.

Guided hikes are currently offered every day throughout the summer and are free to guests staying on grounds. A knowledgeable Hikemaster will be at the hiking desk in Sweet Memorial Building each day throughout the summer (until 7 pm weekdays, 5 pm on weekends) to answer questions and discuss hiking options with you.

For those hiking on their own, Sweet Memorial offers maps and recommendations of trails in the surrounding area.

All guided hikes leave from Sweet Memorial Building. For safety precautions, there is a 9:1 ratio* limit for on-trail hikes and a 5:1 ratio* limit for off-trail hikes. Make sure to sign up early, read the requisites, and come prepared to have fun! If you have more than 5 in your party, we ask that you talk with a Hikemaster before signing up to determine the best hike to fit your group.

*Ratio = Hikers to Hikemaster

Join us for the informative Hikers Huddle at 7:00 pm every Sunday throughout the summer in Hempel Auditorium. Our experienced Hikemasters will provide details about upcoming hikes for the week — including pictures — and will give a short presentation on the history, ecology, and geology of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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We want all children, parents, and other guests to enjoy all we have to offer. It is recommended that children under the age of 12 only sign-up for hikes under 4 miles. The Hikemaster will have discretion for hikes over 4 miles. A parent must accompany children under the age of 15 on all program hikes.


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