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    Old Fall River Road Hike

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    16.9 km
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    1,000 m
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    The Old Fall River Road was the first auto route through the Rocky Mountain National Park. Today, the primitive road remains open to motorists, bikers, and hikers alike to explore. Time travel back to the 1920’s when this state-of-the-art road was the only road that offered access to the high country. This one-way route is lengthy, but undeniably scenic.

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    Route Description for Old Fall River Road Hike

    The Old Fall River Road Hike is a scenic excursion that will immerse adventurers in the rich history of the Rocky Mountain National Park. This path is shared with cars and bikers, so be mindful of passing vehicles and speedy bikers - try to maintain along the shoulder of the road. Note the Old Fall River Road is subject to seasonal closures, so depending on the season of your adventure, you may get the route all to yourself. This hike is one way, so make sure you arrange for pickup or leave a car at the other end of the road. Located within the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), visitors are required to purchase a park pass to access the trails.

    Begin your journey along the Old Fall River Road from the east entrance off the Fall River Road. If you are hiking, there is a parking lot here. From the parking lot, track west along the dirt road. Soon after your departure from the trailhead you will pass the Alluvial Fan. If you want to add on a few steps, hike the short Alluvial Fan Trail, and learn about the history of the dramatic geological phenomenon. Continue along the Old River Road and you will cross a bridge over the Roaring River. As you travel along this trail, enjoy the sights of the encompassing Rocky Mountain peaks that flank the subalpine forest below.

    Ascend the road and you will eventually meet the Chasm Falls. Take a moment here to revel in the cascading falls and enjoy the sounds of the rushing water. Continue hiking the road alongside Fall River. As you near the end of the trail, the terrain will become increasingly steep and there are several switchbacks. Navigate the switchbacks and you will ascend Marmot Point. Enjoy the stunning overlook of the Rocky Mountain National Park from here. Continue hiking and you will meet the trail’s end when you confront the Trail Ridge Road.

    Getting to the Old Fall River Road Hike Trailhead

    The Old Fall River Road Hike is accessed via the Fall River Road.

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    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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      One Way

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