This past 4th of July, Michael and I took a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park! We flew out on Wednesday night, so we’d have 3 full days in the park. Since 4th of July is one of the busiest weekends for the park, we opted to stay in the west side of the park in the small city of Granby and avoid the crowds coming from Estes Park. We booked an airbnb, a studio at The Inn at Silverlake. We were right across the street from a grocery store and gas station. Lion Head Coffee in Granby became my go-to coffee shop– highly recommended!
Coming from Houston where we’re just above sea level, I figured we should take it easy with the elevation (8,390 feet at the trailhead), so I planned an easy hike for our first day. We did a short hike to Adams Falls and part of East Inlet Trail to East Meadow Camp. Just 0.3 miles in, Adams Falls is very easily accessible, so there were a lot of other people at the falls. Our hike was a total of 2.8 miles and relatively flat with a total of 235 feet elevation gain. We spotted a mule deer in East Meadow, so I switched out my usual lens to my new (used) telephoto lens — a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens.
Hike info: East Inlet to East Meadow Camp Trail