One of the highlights of visiting Rocky Mountain National Park in summertime is embarking on a day hike and exploring its incomparable beauty. It’s one of the most popular activities for Castle Mountain Lodge guests and Estes Park visitors.
With more than 50 trails within its boundaries, visitors can find trails that more than meet scenic viewing expectations and fitness levels. The difficulty levels range from an easy and nearly flat stroll around Bear Lake to the 14,000+ ft. challenge up Longs Peak.
Yet, nothing can take away that enjoyment faster than failing to be prepared for a hiking excursion. Here are six strategies to ensure outdoor safety and fun in the park.
1. Bring plenty of water or hydration drink
The best way to combat thirst is staying hydrated. Carrying along at least 32 oz. of water will help ensure this. Including a sports drink can also help to retain blood sugar levels.
Water from streams and lakes may be tempting for refills, but avoid this