The 12 Short Hikes Series is written for families, newcomers to the area, and anybody looking for easy access to an outdoor experience. Each book describes in clear, graphic form 12 easy and scenic hikes of less than two hours.
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The operative word is SHORT, not easy. No hike, according to the author's calculations, takes more than 2.5 hours; seven take less than a half hour. Although a number of the hikes covered are really just strolls, such as at Sprague and Lily Lakes, several offer more challenge because of elevation increases. Remember, for the most part you are starting out at 8500 feet or more: mouth breathing territory for many folks.
Although this is a slender booklet (easy to take along), there are good tips for health, safety, and comfort. A map of the park and its immediate surrounds is a useful partner to the clear instructions about reaching trailheads. Aerial photos of each trail and the "step by step" guide provide a succinct, but sufficiently thorough, introduction to each trail.
I have a number of books about hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and would be reluctant to name any as the best. But this is one I consider indispensible, especially for helping our...
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