Alpine Ridge Trail
|Trail Name||Alpine Ridge Trail|
|Nearest City||Estes Park|
|TH Amenities||Template:Ranger Template:Food|
|Distance||0.6 Miles Round Trip|
|Elevation Gain||164 Feet|
|Low Point||11,764 Feet|
|High Point||11,957 Feet|
|Trip Reports||Alpine Ridge Trail|
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Throw away the stairmaster and come hike the Alpine Ridge Trail. Most of the trail is a rock staircase made from huge rock slabs stacked on top of each other forming a staircase. The trail climbs up to the top of a small nob to the north of the Alpine Visitor Center giving you a great 360 degree view of the valley below and the peas above. To your east is the smaller nob known as Marmot Point.
How to get there
Trail leaves from the Alpine Visitor Center.
- From the east side of the park take either the Old Fall River Road or UT-34(Trail Ride Road) to the top of the pass and the Alpine Visitor Center.
- From the west side of the park follow the CO-34(Trail Ridge Road) to the top of the pass and the Alpine Visitor Center.
Easy out and back, the top can be seen from the parking lot.
Trail is paved and has man made stone stairs.
Fees, Permits, etc.
- Rocky Mountain National Park entrance fee required at the park entrance. RMNP Fees & Reservations
- Dogs are not allowed on trails in Rocky Mountain National Park.
- Rocky Mountain National Park offers a free shuttle from Estes Park to Bear Lake Trailhead, Glacier Gorge Trailhead, Bierstadt Lake Trailhead, and Cub Lakes Trailhead. RMNP Shuttle Bus Routes
After the Hike
Alpine Visitor Center has a ranger stations, small gift shop/book store, and bathrooms. There is also a small restaurant in the parking lot.