My trip is next week! Yea, finally. I have a few last questions I hope can be answered.
Has anyone hiked the "unofficial" trail between the Lake Haiyaha trail and the 4 way intersection of trails that go to the Lock, Mills lake, and Alberta Falls? I'm looking to do a loop from Bear Lake TH to Glacier Gorge TH. Is this unofficial trail safe to hike? I'm assuming it's more like the hiking paths I'm used to using that aren't heavily traveled or regularly maintained like a national park trail is. Am I right? Anything I should be concerned about?
If it was EXTREMELY busy at the park and you had to pick one trail 4 miles or less that is less popular (in or out of the park) which would you choose? It doesn't have to be particularly awesome, just a nice hike.
Can I pay for park admission at the visitors centers, or only at the access gates? Also, do the parts of the park that don't have access gates - like the Lumpy Ridge and Wild Basin TH's check for park admission? My daughter has a friend coming up for one night and I'd like to steer them to trails that won't require admission to the park if possible since we'll be splitting up.
Ok one last, slightly weird question! I went hiking locally in Texas a week ago and was bombarded by grasshoppers anytime we got near grassy areas. Are there grasshoppers in RMNP? And if so, are they mostly in the meadows areas? And are they excessive - as in, it's no fun to hike in that area because of the ariel assault ?
Thanks in advance for any answers you can provide :-)