Rocky Mountain National Park
Submitted By: DanF on April 23, 2010
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- Flattop Mountain
- Hidden Valley
- Mini AK
Notch Top Couloir
- Terrain Park
The descent can start from the summit if you're eager to huck your meat off a 10 ft ledge into the couloir. I imagine most people choose to start at the prominent notch just below the summit ridge. Initially the slope is fairly mellow, but rolls over mid way down the couloir for an exciting short pitch of 40ish degree skiing. The snow in the couloir may be kind of chunky from wet slide debris from the SE facing wall above and climbers right of the chute. Not to worry though, the upper portion of the couloir itself is nicely sheltered from early morning sunhit.[more]
One of the most beautiful National Parks in the Country. RMNP is home to many great mountains, chutes and couloirs. It can give many great opportunities for backcountry skiing, ski nountaineering and pretty much everything in between.
How to Get There
Use Denver International Airport (DIA)
Use passenger station in Granby (GRA). No public transportation between train and park.
From Denver and the east, take U.S. 34 from Loveland, CO or U.S. 36 from Boulder through Estes Park, Colorado.
From Denver International Airport, Denver Tech Center, or downtown Denver it is approximately a two-hour drive to the park. From the airport take Pena Boulevard to Interstate 70 west. Continue on Interstate 70 west until intersecting with Interstate 25 north. (An alternate route from the airport to Interstate 25 is the toll road Interstate 470.) Go north on Interstate 25 to exit number 243 which is Colorado Highway 66. Turn west on Highway 66 and go about 16 miles to the town of Lyons. At the first traffic light U.S. Highway 36 willl come in from the left. Continue to the right - west - (now being on U.S. Highway 36) all the way to Estes Park, about 22 miles. U.S. Highway 36 intersects with U.S. Highway 34 in Estes Park. Either highway leads to the national park, west of the town.
From west or south, take Interstate 70 to U.S. 40 between Georgetown and Idaho Springs, then to U.S. 34 in Granby, Colorado through Grand Lake, Colorado.
From the National Park Service Website: http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/directions.htm