Rocky Mountain National Park is one of our greatest natural treasures In words and color photographs, this guide describes thirty three of the best dayhikes in the park, emphasizing not only the destination of the hike, but also the remarkable features along the way The guide includes route descriptions for Longs Peak, Calypso Cascades, Ouzel Falls, The Loch, Hallett Peak, Sky Pond, Lulu City, and many Cross referenced with Trails Illustrated topographic maps....
|Title||:||Rocky Mountain National Park Dayhiker's Guide|
|Number of Pages||:||579 Pages|
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Rocky Mountain National Park Dayhiker's Guide Reviews
I strongly recommend against purchasing this book. While I agree that the trail descriptions and photos are well done, basic, fundamental information is missing. For example, how does one actually get to the specific trailhead? Yes, I can find this information by googling it; but a good, useable hiking book conveys this information in a succinct way. (I understand that the author does describe in general terms how to access the trailheads, but his presentation is highly uneven.) Also, the maps are not specific to the hikes; again, I can obtain maps of specific hikes on-line, but it makes me wonder why I purchased this book. The author tends to spend a lot of time discussing features of the hike (which is useful), but very little discussion of orientation and access. Note: I've been to RMNP many times, have climbed Long's Peak...but for some of the hikes discussed here, it would be very difficult to determine what the access point for the hike is relative to wherever one is staying in or near the RMNP. Very disappointed in this book overall.
I used this book to plan four days of day hikes for our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park during the summer of 2016. It greatly helped me in choosing hikes that interested us, and we ended up having a great time. It especially came in handy for describing less popular hikes that weren't as clearly marked in the park, like the Chapin/Chiquita/Ypsilon hike. If you're planning on doing any of the more difficult day hikes, I'd recommend purchasing the Nat Geo topographic map at the same time. The map subsections in the book are sufficient for describing the location of the hikes, but aren't as useful as looking at a full map of the park while planning.
The author spends paragraph after paragraph describing the wildflowers you'll see, and very little time describing the trail conditions or difficulty of the hikes. For example, a "steep gravely descent" turned out to be at least a mile of nearly vertical and very dangerous rock wash which our group would never have attempted given a more accurate description.
Dayhiker's Guide does its job well, describing most of the available day hikes in RMNP in sufficient detail to allow one to make decisions. Since many of the hikes were ones we had taken, I could compare the description to my own experience, and it was quite close (except that the author probably did not have to get used to the altitude like us Flatlanders!) Author also included nice descriptions of why one would WANT to do a particular hike, the views, the options to continue, etc. The maps are not adequate, but the guide is keyed to the National Geographic map, which one should have anyway. I loved the formula for rating how difficult a hike would be, a combination of gain in altitude plus distance. The only addition I would like to see would be an incline depiction like one sees in the pocket guides. It's nice to know that there's a flat place in the middle, followed by a short steep bit, then a little downhill to the lake, etc.
We just recently returned from our first trip to RMNP (6 days) and used this guide as a basis for finding many wonderful hikes. Since we were unfamiliar with the park, it was nice to read through and pick out hikes in different areas of the park that sounded interesting, and then also get input from the Park Rangers. The hikes that were recommended by the rangers were also the ones in this book, so we felt like we were getting a nice sampling of the park. In general I found the author's descriptions of the hikes to be accurate in terms of difficulty and sights to be seen. The author uses a mathematic formula based on distance, elevation gained, to determine difficulty. In general this seemed to work well except for one hike (The Crater) which we felt was off... It stated "easy" for this 2 mile round trip hike, but due to the steep grade, it felt quite strenuous for the 75% of the hike up. As a side note- I'd still recommend the hike- beautiful views at the top!
A "fair to good" book on hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park. Leaves out some details found in better hiking books, like profile (side view) of hike elevation route, regional geology and route sketches. In the end though, I used this book for many of my hikes. Clear route descriptions, history, and regional sites were all covered well. I also got the topo maps for "Rocky Mountain National Park" and "Indian Peaks Wilderness" to give me a better idea of where I was going and for use on longer hikes.
Our four day hikes throughout the Rocky Mountain National Park this August relied heavily on this guide. We have one elementary school age child, so we wanted to be prepared yet also enjoy the more "off the beaten path" park trails. We found Malitz summary of the difficulty of the hike, the landscape, and helpful tips (e.g. arrive early to the trailheads for a parking space) to be accurate. We used 4 suggested hikes from the guide, and we enjoyed them all. Thank you, J. Malitz for making our first hiking trip to RMNP a great experience!
This was a great help as we prepared for our too-short vacation in RMNP. We particularly appreciated the detailed trail descriptions and difficulty ratings.