We've come to the Rockies for each of the past couple of years in late June. We've always had a great time, and plan to return again this year. However, due to frequent rain and snow at higher elevations, we'd like to try visiting in late summer.
I'm struggling to decide on a particular date. I've heard the crowds can get busy in summer, and so I'd like to travel when they start to thin out. However, I don't want to wait so long that we run into problems with the days getting short and the weather getting bad at higher elevations. We'd like to do some of the other popular hikes in the LL area that we haven't done yet, especially Fairview Mountain. Ideally, we'd like to get to the top of Fairview and find it free of both snow and crowds.
If we plan to arrive around Sep 3, which is just after Labour Day, will the crowds be mostly gone by then, or do things still stay busy at that point? If we delayed another week, will it be noticeably less busy?
Thanks for your thoughts.