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trisgo


May 1, 2012, 3:47 PM
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Highest Road?  (North_America: United_States: Colorado: Northern_Colorado)
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Hey all,

Me and a friend are going to be climbing at Lumpy Ridge around the end of May, and on one of our rest days, we wanted to see how high up we can drive. Can anyone tell me what's the highest point in RMNP that you can drive to and what road?

Peace


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The highest road in RMNP is the Trail Ridge Road. It goes up to over 12,000 feet. If you want to go even higher and are willing to drive a few hours from RMNP, the Mount Evans Road goes up to 14,000ft.

Both of these roads should be open by Memorial Day weekend, but that could change if there is a late season blizzard. Check the road conditions before you head out.


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trisgo wrote:
Hey all,

Me and a friend are going to be climbing at Lumpy Ridge around the end of May, and on one of our rest days, we wanted to see how high up we can drive. Can anyone tell me what's the highest point in RMNP that you can drive to and what road?

Peace

Trail Ridge is a great drive and will get you well above treeline with lots of pull-offs to get out and enjoy the views. Near it's top is a gift shop where you can get something to eat or buy tchotchke. You can follow it all the way to Grand Lake and back for a nice drive, just be mindful of predicted thunder storms...

On the way up and if it's open, I highly recommend Fall River Road which is the original road into the park interior. It is one way only (up) and is narrow with lots of tight hairpin turns i.e. don't bring your RV up there. It joins Trail Ridge just above tree line.

There are some nice hikes all along the way as well.


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