Hike: Mt Alice (3 day)
For those looking to climb a classic Colorado peak within Rocky Mountain National Park over a long weekend Mt. Alice is a great adventure!
For those looking to climb a classic Colorado peak within Rocky Mountain National Park over a long weekend Mt. Alice is a great adventure! With rugged architecture, 3rd class off-trail climbing, and remoteness, Mt. Alice is the perfect peak for those who are training for bigger objectives such as Kilimanjaro, Kenya’s Meru Peak, Mt. Elbrus, or Pico de Orizaba. Mt. Alice is a challenging, secluded and seldom climbed peak in a spectacular wilderness setting. At over 13,000 feet tall, it boasts spectacular views over Rocky Mountain National Park , the eastern plains and on a good day as far off as Wyoming.
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2023 RMNP PERMIT DATES
- Thursday, July 6th to Saturday, July 8th
- Friday, July 7th to Sunday, July 9th
- Friday, July 14th to Sunday, July 16th
- Saturday, July 15th to Monday, July 17th
- Wednesday, July 26th to Friday, July 28th
- Thursday, July 27th to Saturday, July 29th
- Saturday, July 29th to Monday, July 31st
- Sunday, July 30th to Tuesday, August 1st
- Thursday, August 3rd to Saturday, August 5th
- Friday, August 4th to Sunday, August 6th
- Monday, August 7th to Wednesday, August 9th
- Tuesday, August 8th to Thursday, August 10th
- Thursday, August 24th to Saturday, August 26th
- Friday, August 25th to Sunday, August 27th
- Friday, September 1st to Sunday, September 3rd
- Saturday, September 2nd to Monday, September 4th
Click the link for more Rocky Mountain National Park Permit dates: RMNP 2023 Permit Dates
Please note that we can create a trip for you outside of these permit dates. Call us at (720) 242-9828 for more details!
Day 0: Meet and go over gear, food, and itinerary in afternoon. Plan on meeting for 1-1.5 hours the night before to make sure all gear is double-checked and backpack is packed and ready to go for an early morning departure. Note: Some companies include this day as part of the total trip length, thus making it a four-day trip. However, we only include it as Day 0 due to building rapport with your Colorado local guide and helping with acclimation.
Day 1: This day starts on the southeastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail begins at 8451′ under Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pines and follows a beautiful stream for 7 miles to our camp at the sub-alpine lake situated below the Continental Divide and the mighty Mt. Alice. This is a great hike where the day is spent walking in a thick canopy of trees with the occasional glimpse of the valley below and mountain above. Elevation gain: 2110′. Distance: 7 miles.
Day 2: This is a great opportunity to climb Mt. Alice, one of the seldom climbed peaks at the Southern end of Rocky Mountain National Park. This day will start with a lung-burning ascent to the Continental Divide. We generally start early to get to the Divide by 10 am and be descending before the afternoon thunderstorms roll in. The hiking begins on faint trails and then as we get closer to the Divide, we do some class 2 -3 scrambling to complete our ascent to the Continental Divide. If everyone is still feeling strong and the weather is cooperating we will make the final mile ascent to the top of Mt. Alice(13,331′) . Elevation gain: 2700′. Distance: 5.2 miles.
Day 3: We spend a leisurely morning getting up and packing camp after our big day on Mt. Alice the day before. Our route retraces day 1 in reverse and follows the stream downhill for 7 miles back to the Trailhead, on the south-eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Drive back to Estes Park, Boulder, or Denver. Elevation loss: -2110′. Distance: 7 miles.
Very Difficult – Very difficult trips take place on rugged, unmaintained trails with larger backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking is often steep and steady with daily distances of up to 10 miles and an elevation change of up to 4,000 feet. For these trips, you should be comfortable hiking for several hours (3 – 6 hours) without many breaks and have previous experience exercising and sleeping at elevations of 7000’-11, 000’. Trips take place at altitudes of 7000’ – 13,000’.
What to Bring: Sent with trip confirmation
Included: The services of a professional backpacking guide, Rocky Mountain National Park permit and back-country Colorado camping permits, transportation between Boulder and the wilderness trail heads, all food during the backpacking trip, a re-supply drop, if necessary, gear for water purification and cooking, bear canister, tent, medical kit, CB radio and contingency and emergency support.
Not included in our rates: Meals while in the front country (breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on the last day), laundry, alcoholic beverages, hotel overnight before your trip and at trip’s conclusion; personal equipment (a sleeping bag, pad and the basic essentials – these items are available to rent), and gratuities for your guide(s) – while this is at your discretion, the recommended amount is 20%. If you want to add fly-fishing, cost is $100 extra per person (rod, reel, and flies for the trip and backpacking – angling guide).