Sunday, March 7, 2010

Hiking to "The Pool" in RMNP

The weather was warm and partly sunny today (and almost 50F), so Susan and I decided to get in a little exercise today in Rocky. We decided the relatively easy hike to "The Pool" would fit the bill.

Normally this hike, starting at the Fern Lake Trailhead, is about 3.5 miles round trip. When we headed down the road to the trailhead, we found the last .6 miles of the road was closed, so we parked and walked to the start of the hike. We got kind of a late start, leaving the car at just before 2:30pm.

We were surprised out how much snow was on the trail and although we didn't have snowshoes, we both brought our MicroSpikes. The snow was slushy and packed so Susan put hers on, but I didn't.

It was still warm enough to hike in our shirtsleeves and still partly sunny. We arrived at the pool at about 3:30pm, took a few pictures, and ate a few almonds. Then we headed back.

Got back to the car at about 4:40pm.

Total distance was almost 5.2 miles. Other details including an elevation profile are available on a map I created at Google Maps from the GPS track log.

View Hike to the Pool in RMNP in a larger map

This hike is described in Lisa Foster's book on page 37.

1 comment:

Susan said...

We saw more robins than people, which was great!