Rocky Mountains National Park
Thursday, July 23, 2015
We had one day to see the park. The plan was to get up early, drive for two hours to the park, hike a couple of short hikes, and drive along the road through the park. We would get back about 8:30 pm. The plan went pretty much as expected.
We went straight up I-25 through Denver and got through about 6:30 to 6:45 without getting stopped in a traffic jam. After stopping for breakfast, we got to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center about 8:40 am. I asked the ranger at the desk about light hikes due to my wife's problems with altitude. He suggested a hike around Sprague Lake. He said the trails around Bear Lake and the other lakes nearby were great, but that the parking lot there was already full, and we would have to park and ride the shuttle bus to get there. There were lots of cars, and nearly every parking lot on the east side of the park was full, all the way up to and including the Alpine Visitor Center parking lot.
Anyway, here's a section map the ranger gave us for the Sprague Lake hike. Apparently they have these nice little section maps, available upon request, for their hiking trails.