One of my favorite hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park is the East Inlet trail.

If you haven’t been to RMNP in a while (ie since the pandemic started), in the summer, timed reservations ARE REQUIRED, so if you’re planning a trip, keep that in mind.

The East Inlet Trail is on the southwest part of the park, outside of the park entrance. It’s actually just next to Grand Lake. There are many spots to hit on this trail, and actually leads to some beautiful alpine lakes. I was short on time, so I decided to just hit the first few spots. Like Albert Falls, and the Meadow.

It had been pretty smoky that day, so the mountains were pretty hazy. During the summer months, Colorado does see quite a few wild fires. It was quite evident driving through the park.

This area is the Never Summer Wilderness.

But regardless of the fire damage, the mountains were still breathtaking. Especially once you drive all the way up to the top of the park. The road get’s about 12,000 feet above sea level, and you just see all of the huge mountains!

And these are the Never Summer Mountains.

When most people visit RMNP, they tend to gravitate towards the Bear Lake region and Glacier Gorge Road. Don’t get me wrong, that side of the park is gorgeous, but don’t skimp out on the rest of the park! Happy Travels.

Mary Jane xx

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