Tag Archives: Rocky Mountain National Park

Gorgeous Sunrise The Other Morning in Estes Park Over Old Man Mountain

 

The sunrise the other morning was just spectacular! The cloud formation and coloring were so incredible!!

I quickly got my camera out and clicked away…it was only there for a couple of minutes.

It was so pretty with Old Man Mountain so dark in the background. What a way to wake up in the morning!

Please follow and like us:

Twin Owls On Lumpy Ridge In RMNP Is Certainly Impressive!

 

When you drive into Estes Park you can’t help but notice the huge rock formations behind the Stanley Hotel that make up Lumpy Ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a great place to hike or even just take photographs. There are so many balancing rocks and boulders that you can’t even count them.

If you’re a hiker, you can hike to Gem Lake, Balanced Rock, the Black Canyon Trail, out to McGregor Falls or the whole Lumpy Ridge Loop  from Gem Lake Trailhead. This loop will take you out out Black Canyon Trail and over the ridge to Cow Creek Trail and then back up to Gem Lake on the other side. If you do  that one, start early and bring a lot of snacks…it’s an 11+ mile hike. Each hike is equally beautiful and unique.

If you’re a rock climber, you are in for a big treat! Lumpy Ridge is one of the premier places for rock climbing in this area.

The Twin Owls rock formation is very impressive and looks just like “twin owls” perched way up high on the rocks. I take a picture each time I hike that way!

The trails from Gem Lake Trailhead are free and a beautiful part of Lumpy Ridge and Rocky Mountain National Park! If you haven’t tried them, don’t miss them. They’re a gem!

Please follow and like us:

Pipsissewa Is A Great Name For A Wildflower In Rocky Mountain National Park!

 

I came across this little wildflower on the on the side of the trail of Cub Lake Loop in Rocky Mountain National Park the other day. It was so pretty and dainty.

It was tiny, only about 4″ tall and its pretty little pink  flowers drooped over as if they were looking at the ground. I had to hold one up to see the underside of it.

What a beautiful little flower! I took a picture because I had never seen one like this before. When I got  home I looked in my Plant Book and found that it is called a Pipsissewa! What a name for such a little flower! Well, the name is so unusual, I will never forget it! Pretty, isn’t it?

Please follow and like us:

Great Hike To Arch Rocks And The Pool In Rocky Mountain National Park

 

If you want a nice, easy and very interesting hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, try the hike from Fern Lake Trailhead to The Pool. It’s about 1.7 miles each way but very little elevation gain and just a beautiful hike.

Most of your hike is along The Big Thompson River river where you can see many anglers enjoying the day. The wildflowers this time of year are just gorgeous. There are many spots along the way to explore the riverbanks or to have a picnic. Kids love to climb on the boulders nearby.

About 1.5 miles into the hike, you will come to Arch Rocks where several huge boulders form an arch over the trail. It’s fun to walk under them and the perfect Photo-Op!

In another .2 miles you come to The Pool where you can see The Big Thompson River flow through steep rocks. It’s very pretty here and a great place for a picnic on the rocks.

This is a great hike for families or for people who just want to get out into the mountains and enjoy the day. The scenery is beautiful and walking along the river is just spectacular! Don’t forget to bring a picnic lunch or snack to enjoy on the rocks by The Pool!

Please follow and like us:

Mama Duck Has 14 Babies At Lily Lake In Rocky Mountain National Park

 

Phil and I were walking around Lily Lake, looking at all of the wonderful wildflowers the other day. I saw this couple sitting on a rock, looking out on the lake. When I turned to see what they were looking at, I could see a Mama Duck and her 14 (yes, 14!) little ducklings. They were just adorable, scurrying all over the water, looking for food…and being careful not to get too far from Mama.  They still looked pretty young.

I liked this photograph with the reflection of the clouds on the lake in the background. I couldn’t get them all in the picture but they were just too cute not to get some of them!

Please follow and like us: