Location: Roosevelt National Forest into Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearest town: Estes Park
Distance from Denver: 78 mi / 1:45
Trail distance: 10.6 mi out and back
Elevation: 7,800 ft at TH; 9,235 ft at Kettle Tarn (turnaround point)
Directions: From Estes Park, go north on Wonderview Ave. In 0.5 miles, go right (north) on Devils Gulch Rd. In 9 miles, go left (west) on Dunraven Glade Road. Go 2.2 miles to the Dunraven TH.
Dates hiked: 09/2012 and 02/2010; photos from 09/2012
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Trail notes and photos:
This is a nice hike close to Estes Park which passes through the Comanche Peak Wilderness into Rocky Mountain National Park. I never did find the Kettle Tarn ProTrails describes, but this was a lovely hike nonetheless. The fall colors were just kicking in, I had a nice rest and snack on a rock by the river, and it was a nice balance of climbing and more mellow trail. I could imagine backpacking 2-4 miles to one of the campsites outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, then hiking further west to Lost Falls and Lost Lake or south to West Creek Falls.