Additional Information about Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park: The Essential Guide

This section is for those who own the book, "Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park: The Essential Guide". In this section you’ll find links to all the updates to the book since it was first released in May of 2019. This means that regardless of which version of the book you have, you can stay up-to-date with the very latest information.

You’ll also find lots of helpful information that will give you a greater understanding into each aspect of this book such as how the mileage was calculated, what the thinking was behind the rating system, the bias that is built into the graphs, etc. This may be more information than most people want to know, but if you want the full behind-the-scenes scoop, this is the place to come.

Corrections and Updates

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Common Questions

In this section, I answer some questions you might have about this hiking guide. If you have a question that you do not see answered in this section, please send it to us via the Contact Page.

Elevation Gain

Elevation gain and loss can seem very straightforward. But a lot of consideration went into giving you the most accurate idea of how much ascent and descent you would make on each hike in this hiking guide...


Learn all about how the elevation profile scales are calculated and graphed for the different types of hikes listed in this hiking guide. You'll also learn how to interpret the graphs in your guide...


The maps in this hiking guide were all specially designed for this book. In this section, you'll learn more about the process of how these maps were made and how to read them while preparing for your hike...


Calculating mileage for a hiking guide is no walk in the park. What sounds like a simple process actually took the collaboration of many individuals and agencies, so the mileage can be as accurate as possible...


How can a shorter hike be considered more strenuous than much longer hike? This section discusses how hikes gained their accessible, easy, moderate, or strenuous classifications.