Mt. Meeker, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Negotiate a climb just shy of 14,000-feet. Hike MT. Meeker's solitary trails escaping the mobs of people across the valley on Longs Peak ridge.
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Negotiate a climb just shy of 14,000-feet. Hike MT. Meeker's solitary trails escaping the mobs of people across the valley on Longs Peak ridge.
Rocky Mountain National Park

Climb on top of Mt. Meeker's rocky peak and gaze east toward the flat prairies of the front-range or south and west where Longs Peak and the Rockies truly begin. Photo by Dustin Gaffke / Flickr

Hike 13,868-foot Mt. Meeker instead of neighboring Longs Peak, and you'll miss out on Fourteener bragging rights. What you'll also miss: conga lines up the tundra and crowds spilling into your summit selfie. The off-trail ascent up Meeker remains wonderfully lonely and offers plenty of high-altitude adventure in its own right: Choose the 7-mile, class 3 approach from Sandbeach Lake Trail or the 5.7 mile, class 3 scramble via The Loft. Info http://nps.gov/romo