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camping/hiking

going to RMNP in mid august- suggestions for tent camping-prefer showers-want quiet

any suggestions on hikes- thinking about Long's peak- any other non technical hikes-suggestions-thanks

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1. Re: camping/hiking

I've tent-camped in the park on the west side, and although it's gorgeous camping in the park, it's primitive and there are no showers. Check out the park's website for more info on the various campgrounds: http://www.nps.gov/romo

I've not stayed here, but have read about this campground a little outside the park which does include showers: http://www.nationalparkretreats.com/

Please do your homework before you attempt to summit Long's Peak - it is not for amateurs! You do realize hikers need to be off the summit by noon to avoid dangerous afternoon thunderstorms, which requires a 2:00-3:00 am start. This is a great website with a section devoted to climbing Long's Peak, as well as very detailed information on other hikes in the Park:

thespiritoftherockies.net/spirit/HikingRMNP.…

When you arrive in Estes, be sure to give yourself a day or two to acclimate yourself to the altitude before you attempt any serious hikes, and to drink water like crazy to avoid any dehydration and altitude sickness problems.

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2. Re: camping/hiking

As said above, there are are no showers at the campgrounds in the park. Quiet might be hard to come by as well in August. But Aspenglen on the east side has some walkin spots down by the river that are very private. There are no reservations taken at that campground though, so you have to get there early and probably on a week day to get one of those spots.

There are so many good hikes in the park - where to even start? The Wild Basin area is great and also around the lumpy ridge area. Since both of these are accessed by different means other than the main park entrance, they tend to be a little less crowded. Both of these are on the east side. On the west side the East inlet area is beautiful as well.

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3. Re: camping/hiking

I'll second what Shaken_Bake said about climbing Longs Peak. This is NOT a good choice for your first "fourteener"! But, if you are very fit, don't mind hiking along narrow ledges with huge drop-offs, can scramble up and down fairly steep rocky slabs, and can deal with working your way up a rocky gully where people above you may let loose some rocks, then it's a fantastic experience!

Be sure to heed her advice to start very, very, very early in the morning. August is especially notorious for early afternoon thunderstorms. Even if you choose to hike trails at lower elevations, assume you WILL have a thunderstorm each afternoon. They usually pass fairly quickly, but temperatures will plummet, and the lightning and thunder can be quite intense. Been there, done that.

Here are a few links that may help you with your planning:

www.nps.gov/romo/parknews/upload/HCH.pdf

The above link describes winter hikes (right now -- this is the park newsletter, so that could change), but these are available in the summer as well.

Here's a description of one of our favorite hikes:

www.onedayhikes.com/Hikes.asp?HikesID=98

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thanks for the info-would like to great mtn hike- any less travelled spot in RMNP than Long's Peak-thanks

any tent camping suggestions in Estes Park-

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