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Friday, August 21, 2015

Rocky Mountain Scootering

Rocky Mountain National Park, breathtaking at any season, really sparkles in October.  And it has accessible trails.

Coyote Valley Trail   is a mile long trail on the west side of the park.   I have not scootered this one, so have to take their word for the accessibility of it.

Path to Sprague Lake

Sprague Lake  trail is a ½ mile ride around a man made lake. At
the far end you can see the continental divide. You can also see rainbows if you get there at the right time.   You can find this trail located on Bear Lake Road, one mile west of the Park and Ride shuttle bus parking lot.

If you are really lucky, you will find a double rainbow at Sprague.

Lily Lake   This hike is spectacular. It’s not at nosebleed altitude, so you can breathe a bit easier as you walk or scooter.  Watch for wildflowers in spring and early summer. See a beautiful bridge as you walk the mile hike. Oh, no water lilies here. Ever.  Find this trail six miles south of the town of Estes Park on Highway 7.  I love the fall season here. Photographers will delight in the golden light at Lily Lake.

Bear Lake   Sure, they call this accessible if your scooter or wheelchair is equipped with tank treads.  The loop around the lake at the top of the trail is flat, but the getting there is difficult if you are in the best shape and not much more than 25 years old. It’s at the base of Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain.  Find it at the very end of Bear Lake Rd. Best take the shuttle as the parking lot is usually full.

Holzwarth Historic Site   This is another accessible site on the west side of the park. I have not hiked here, so can’t speak personally, but if you are on the west side of Rocky, explore a historic homestead cabin and 1920's dude ranch located in the beautiful Kawuneeche Valley. This is a 1 mile round trip walk. It’s located 8 miles north of Kawuneeche Visitor Center on Highway 34.

There's no such thing as a bad day in Rocky. This may require another visit to see the wildlife roaming free. 

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