All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip

Estes Park, CO 80517, USA

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Karina Safari
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Sep 29 - Oct 3, 2021
Group size: 10 - 12
All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip
Estes Park, CO 80517, USA

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
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30 reviews

Sep 29 - Oct 3, 2021
Group size: 10 - 12

About this trip

Have the Rocky Mountains been calling you? 🏔🤩

Join our Team and Experience the Great Outdoors of COLORADO in the time of golden fall colors, breathtaking views, gorgeous mountain scenery, rushing waterfalls, and serene mountain lakes that Colorado is famous for! Bring back a unique photo-memories of the most emotional moments of the trip captured by talented photographer Alex Mironyuk who will assist our team as a true Colorado expert! 


HIGHLIGHTS: 

🥾 Explore the best hiking trails of Rocky Mountains National Parks 

🍁 Enjoy Colorado unique fall colors because of the golden aspens that paint the mountains with shades of gold and yellow each autumn

🚙  Drive the Scenic Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in the United States that offer the most breathtaking views of autumn foliage

👻 Visit the Historic Stanley Hotel: built in 1904 this once remote lodge served as the inspiration for Steven King’s best-selling novel, “The Shining.”  

🏡  After daily hiking challenges relax in comfortable quaint lodge in the historic mining towns of Estes Park , the gateway to Rocky Mountains National park wilderness

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✈️  Trip start/end: Denver, CO 

🥾 Average Daily hiking distance:  ~ 10 miles/day 

😫 Level of difficulty:  Intermediate with some Advanced portions

🏔 Base altitude:  7500 feet , Maximum altitude: up to 12.000 feet 

🏡  Accommodation:  Standard hotels & lodges (dbl sharing rooms w/ bathroom)

🍭  Kids:  16+ (assisted by parent and having a previous hiking experience)

Weather

Hikers should always be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions while hiking in Rocky Mountains & Estes National Parks. Temperatures in the mountains typically fluctuate as weather patterns change, especially at the higher elevations. Be prepared for rain , shine, strong wind and even snow. 

In the fall season (September-October) average daytime temperatures can vary between 55-65F degrees; however, overnight lows throughout the park can drop to near 40 degrees and even lower, and snow can fall anytime. Bring warm clothes, no matter the season.

We will update you on expected weather forecast before departure.

Packing list

Gear items:

- Suitcase OR Duffel for your MAIN luggage - PLEASE NO BULKY LUGGAGE ITEMS,  PACK COMPACT as we don’t have much room in the van trunk. Carry-on size is preferred. 

- A small backpack 28-35L for day-hikes (it should fit the following: your water reservoir, an extra layer, your personal hiking snack,  sunblock, and your personal first aid kit)

- A rainproof cover for your day-pack

- Head lamp (it is good to have light when your hands are free always keep it in your backpack on a hiking trail)

- Trekking poles – a must have for steep downhill trails  (collapsable are better. Note: Standard hiking poles are not allowed in carry on luggage during flights, collapsable ones haven't been a problem however it depends on airline rules)

- Water bottle or camelback reservoir (1.5 to 2L)

- Small bags for your personal trash/leftovers for hiking days

- Sunblock (UV 50+)

- Lip balm (UV protection)

- Personal toiletries : toothpaste, toothbrush etc.

- Mosquito repellent (must have!)

- Mosquito net to wear over your sunhat - recommended (Cost around $15 USD on Amazon)

- Your personal first aid kit (your personal medicines you can’t do without)

- Sunglasses 

- Face mask (needed on a flight and indoor public places, visitor centers etc)

- Ear plugs, if you are a sensitive sleeper

- Gaiters (protection for your boots and pants from mud, wet and dust) - recommended


Hiking Outfit:

- Good sturdy high-ankled and waterproof hiking boots, well-worn before the trip  (!) Please no brand new boots, try them a few times on hiking trails before the trip to avoid painful blisters while on travel

- Comfortable tennis shoes (it's good to have a change of shoes for off-trail activities)

- Windproof hiking pants  (long pants, no shorts please) 

- Optional: thin thermo or leggings to wear under hiking pants if you get cold easily  

- Light long-sleeved loose shirt  for hiking (protection from sun, insects)

- A change of long/short-sleeved t-shirts as a base layer for hiking (preferably a quick-dry fabric, not cotton)

- A change of long hiking socks (not cotton. merino wool is the best) 

- Fleece jacket or light sweater

- A windbreaker, better if waterproof  fabric

- Rain poncho (must have) - lightweight is better, any rain-cover will work

- A lightweight down-jacket (650-700 down fill) for chilly evenings and mornings

- Sunhat 

- Fleece/wool beanie for chilly evenings and mornings, as well as windy days

- Waterproof lightweight gloves for chilly weather

- Optional:  lightweight quick-dry personal towel & swimsuit (if you planning on swimming in the mountain lakes :)

Trip Cancellation Policy

You can cancel your trip anytime prior departure with the following penalties: 

- Registration deposit (if applicable) is non-refundable after being paid;

- Cancellation 30 to 21 days before departure - up to 50% of the Trip cost 

- Cancellation 20 to 0 calendar days before departure – non refundable

Trip cancellation insurance is advisable; it protects all registration deposits and payments for both air and land cost.

What’s included

  • Comfort Lodging
    2.5* hotels/Inns Twin room sharing
  • Transportation
    7-seater comfortable vans
  • Professional Assistance
    2 team leaders: Karina Safari & Alex Mironyuk
  • All arrangments
  • Air-fare
    Average $200-250USD Roundtrip flight from SFO to/from Denver (CO)
  • Meals
    Allow a budget of $200-250

Itinerary

Day 1 / Wed
Arrival in Denver > Estes Park

Arrival in Denver (CO).

Drive to Estes Park (2 hours). 

Estes Park is a small town in northern Colorado. It’s known as a base for the Rocky Mountain National Park, home to wildlife including elk and bears, plus miles of epic  trails with breathtaking views.

Check in to the lodge, twin rooms.

At dinner: Team introduction and team briefing on the following days of our trip. 

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
30 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

NH
I had a great time! Thank you for everything, Karina and Sasha!
By Natalie H for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 26 Jul, 2021
GL
It was my second hiking adventure organized by Karina (the first one was to Patagonia). Everything was awesome: hikes, guides, lodging, transportation, schedule. I'm sure I would not be able to pack as many activities in 1 week if I planned the trip myself. Above all, Karina assembled an amazing group of people who made the time extremely enjoyable. I'm sure I'll be back for another trip.
By Grigory L for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 19 Jul, 2021
AK
I've heard of Karina's adventure traveling company from many of my friends who had a fantastic experience! I wanted to give it a try and wasn't disappointed. The trip was planned and organized very well, and as one of my friends said after reading Karina's bio " you will be fine, your guide looks legit " . ;) We have seen great nature, challenged ourselves daily, and at the end of the day ate great local food in a company of new friends. This trip combined it all for me! It's very important to have a professional leading the pack and Karina is indeed that. She is also very much of a peoples' person and makes you feel at home. I valued her input and enjoyed our many talks on this trip. We also had a second leader on the tour with whom she cooperated, Alex Mironyuk , who is an experienced adventurer, fantastic photographer and last but not least, a very fun guy. Kudos to Karina's leadership for putting together a great group and making all of us feel safe and welcome. I look forward to going on more trips with her!
By Alona K for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 17 Jul, 2021
We had a great time. Wonderful people. Thank you for a fantastic experience!
By Yulia V for Meet your Inner Mountain (Retreat Lodging) on 22 Jun, 2021
It was a great trip -again!!! Wonderful trails, people, accommodations and everything was will organized and thoughtful. Highly recommend! Thank you Katya and Karina!
By Natasha K for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hiking trip on 09 Jun, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
GL
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019