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Rocky Mountain National Park: Mills Lake

The must-see list for this 5.7-mile dayhike to Glacier Gorge is long: raging waterfalls, alpine lakes, and a skyline of humbling mountain views.

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INFO For information on permits, current trail and camp conditions, and wilderness guidelines, go to

PERMIT A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry. Reservations accepted ($20 administrative fee for permits during peak season).

CONTACT Rocky Mountain National Park, (970) 586-1206;

-Mapped by Andrew Matranga

To Trailhead

From Estes Park, take US 36 W to Beaver Meadows Entrance. Turn L onto Bear Lake Rd. Go 8.3 mi. to Glacier Gorge trailhead. Park in roadside lot.

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