August 20, 2012

Hike Review: Beaver Meadow and Moraine Park Loop

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park near Upper Beaver Meadows Picnic Area
Distance: 2.3 miles
Difficulty: very easy (kid friendly hike)
Elevation Change: 150 feet
Time of Year Best: Late Spring to early Fall
Recommended MapsRocky Mountain National Park  

Directions: From the Beaver Meadow Visitor Center, drive into the park, pass Bear Lake Road and take the next left to the Upper Beaver Meadows Trail-head and Picnic Area, but as soon as you do, park at the first and immediate dirt turn off on the left side of the road.  From here, you will see a trail heading southwest, follow this over the little hill and down to the Beaver Brook crossing.  Once you cross the Brook, you will hit a well maintained trial, you can start your loop heading either left or right.  With map in hand you should be able to find you loop trail.

Summary:  This loop hike doesn't really have a name.  I looked at my map and decided this looked good to get in an easy hike, with at least one stream crossing, for the kids.  For the newborn, it was his first real hike, but I think he slept the whole time, but whatever.  The hike was quick and flat.  There were great views of the surrounding mountains.  There was nothing spectacular about this hike, but it met all my objectives of being fun, fast, and friendly for the toddlers and the baby toting parents.