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OVERVIEW

The hike to Big Meadows begins from the Green Mountain Trailhead, located 2.5 miles north of the Grand Lake Entrance. From the parking area the Green Mountain Trail begins climbing through a lush conifer forest. The climb is steady and moderate, but graduates to more gentle grades after the first half-mile, with a few short steeper inclines thrown in every now and then. As the trail levels out you’ll begin passing a couple of small meadows along the way. Keep an eye out for moose and elk foraging in these fields as you pass near them. You should note that the edge of the meadow can be a bit marshy, especially in the spring. Also, only two-tenths of a mile up the trail are the remnants of an old homesteader’s cabin from the early 1900s. Big Meadows is surrounded by numerous 12,000 ft. plus peaks. After Big Meadows, hikers will continue down Tonahutu Trail, for more amazing views

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
  • 6.1 miles trailhead to trailhead
  • 1,120 feet elevation gain
  • Highest Elevation: 9,843 ft
  • Trail Features: Waterfall, Wild Flowers, Scenic Views
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Location: Rocky Mountain National Park VIEW MAPVIEW MAP

Activities: Hiking

Duration: Full Day

Difficulty: Level 3

Minimum Age: 7 years old

Price:
from $80 Ages 13+
from $65 Ages 7-12

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

At AVA Rafting & Zipline, we believe you should know what you’re buying and how much you’re going to spend. We believe in added value to make your experience special. We don’t want you to feel “nickel and dimed” when you show up for your trip with us. That’s why we provide everything you need for your Big Meadows Full Day Hike. We try our best to prepare you with gear lists and suggested things to bring so that you don’t end up paying for unneeded add-ons.

MEALS

  • A fresh deli lunch

WHAT TO WEAR

  • Lightweight hiking boots or a sturdy pair of hiking shoes
  • Comfortable hiking socks
  • Synthetic Wicking T-shirt
  • Hiking Shorts (Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
  • Rain Jacket (Hooded, Lightweight, Waterproof, Breathable)
  • Midweight fleece/wool Jacket or Sweater

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sunglasses and Straps
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm
  • Bug Spray
  • Sun Hat or Ball Cap
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Healthy snacks
  • Gratuity for your guide

OTHER GEAR YOU MAY NEED

  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles
  • Synthetic liner socks (these can help prevent blisters)
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ITINERARY

MORNING

  • Meet your guide at our Grand Lake office at 8:30am
  • Pre-trip orientation, gear check and final details
  • Hit the road to the first section of the Green Mountain trailhead

AFTERNOON

  • Break for fresh deli lunch
  • Return to Green Mountain trailhead, then back to shop in Grand Lake between 3:00pm & 4:00pm
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DEPARTURE DATES & TIMES

8:30AM Daily

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