Trail Ridge Road

Above Milner Pass
Above Milner Pass

I heard Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opened on Wednesday afternoon of the 5th of June. I got up early on the morning of the 6th and drove up to take a look. If you’ve never been there early in the season, it’s worth the trip. Not quite as crowded, and the snow is unbelievable. There were a few elk along the way, a marmot just waking up from it’s long winter nap, and did I mention snow?

Here’s a selection of photographs to give you a feel for the highest paved continuous road in the lower 48.

Above Milner Pass 2
Above Milner Pass 2

I drove from Granby by Grand Lake, and had to take a shot of Mount Baldy along the way.

Mount Baldy
Mount Baldy

Once I got up above the valley floor the Never Summer Mountains dominate the view

Never Summers
Never Summers

The Kawuneeche Valley below(valley of the Coyote)

Kawuneeche Valley
Kawuneeche Valley

Next stop is Milner Pass and Poudre Lake, on the Continental Divide

selfie at the Divide
selfie at the Divide

Poudre Lake
Poudre Lake

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Snow Blower
Snow Blower

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The Alpine Visitors Center wasn’t yet open, but it’s worth a stop to view the snow banks around the parking lot!

Alpine Visitors Center
Alpine Visitors Center

Rock Cut and the highest point of the road at 12,183 feet above sea level!

Rock Cut
Rock Cut

My farthest point was the overlook for Forest Canyon, with a grand view of Longs Peak, highest mountain in the Park at 14,259.

Longs Peak
Longs Peak

A sleepy marmot was out taking a look at all the commotion, she’ll be a popular critter now that the roads open

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On the way back down I stopped for a trip to Lake Irene. It was still frozen, but gorgeous

Lake Irene
Lake Irene

On the way back into Grand Lake, below the snow line, I spotted an Elk herd far out in Harbison Meadow

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Thanks for looking, here’s some links to the road and area!

https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/road_status.htm

https://rockymountainnationalpark.com/trails-maps/trail-ridge-road

https://www.visitgrandcounty.com/explore/towns/grand-lake/

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1COMMENTS
  • KC Lukow

    Great early season pictures of the high county and the snow from an awesome winter.

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