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Bike Riding

Drive: Estes Park, Alpine Ridge, Colorado River Trail, Grand Lake.

Bike Riding · United States of America
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The drive that encompasses Estes Park to Alpine Ridge Visitor's Center Hike, Colorado River Trailhead, and to Grand Lake
Distance 78.2 km
6:04 h
1,551 m
1,276 m
3,721 m
2,294 m
This drive covers the entire day's driving route. First, from Estes Park to the Apline Ridge Visitor's Center for the Alpine Ridge Trail. Second, to the Colorado River Trailhead for either Shipler's Cabin or Lulu City hikes. Lastly, to Grand Lake for your night's accommodation. 

Author’s recommendation

Fuel up your car in Estes as there will be no gas until Grand Lake. 
Highest point
3,721 m
Lowest point
2,294 m

Safety information

Trail Ridge Road is stunning, but there are a few dangers to be aware of. 

  • Elk and other wildlife will often cross the road, oblivious of cars
  • Other drives may drive distracted with the surrounding views. Drive defensively and always be aware. 
  • Bikers sometimes take up space on the shoulder. Pass with care. 
  • There are sections without guardrails leading to steep drops. Again, drive aware. 

Start

Estes Park Visitor's Center (2,294 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.378903, -105.515235
DMS
40°22'44.1"N 105°30'54.8"W
UTM
13T 456263 4469940
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Destination

Grand Lake Visitor's Center

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 miles - Depart Estes Park Visitors Center and TURN LEFT onto US 34. Immediatly TURN RIGHT to stay on US #$ following signs for Fall RIver Visitor Center. 

 

5.00 miles - cross STRAIGHT ON through the toll center at the Fall River Entrance. Present your Park Pass. 

 

9.10 miles - TURN RIGHT onto US 36 / Trail Ridge Road. 

 

26.10 miles - TURN RIGHT into the Alpine Ridge Visitor's Center. 

 

Complete the Alpine Ridge Trail hike. 

 

26.10 miles - Return to Trail Ridge Road and TURN RIGHT to contine in the same direction as before. 

 

33.50 miles - Be aware of numerous switch backs over the next few miles. 

 

36.90 miles - TURN RIGHT into the Colorado River Trailhead and park. 

 

Complete either the Shipler Cabin or the Lulu City hike from this trailhead. 

 

37.00 miles - Return to Trail Ridge Road and TURN RIGHT to continue toward Grand Lake. 

 

46.80 miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON through the Grand Lake Entrance toll center

 

48.60 miles - Arrive at the Grand Lake Visitor's Center. Continue on to your hotel. 

 

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Coordinates

DD
40.378903, -105.515235
DMS
40°22'44.1"N 105°30'54.8"W
UTM
13T 456263 4469940
w3w 
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Distance
78.2 km
Duration
6:04 h
Ascent
1,551 m
Descent
1,276 m
Highest point
3,721 m
Lowest point
2,294 m

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