Stairs on the Alpine Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Stairs on the Alpine Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Stairs on the Alpine Trail
A visitor to the park climbs some stairs on the Alpine Trail, near the Alpine Visitor Center.

Photo taken: September 4, 2013, at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.


  1. Wow, I'm growing weary just by viewing this shot, Tom. That's some serious climbing. Nice take.

  2. LOL I am getting tired too. Nice one!

  3. I'd prefer a path, rather than stairs, but I guess the stairs keep people on the trail and not damaging the other ground Tom Gatermann Nice one

  4. Thanks, ᙅYᙖᙓᖇ ᗪOᙅ™.
    Thanks, Shelly Gunderson.

    One definitely has to take a breather at the top, especially at this high altitude.

  5. Thanks, Jim Robertson. I think they built the stairs, as you said, to keep people on the path better. This is a very high foot-traffic area because the trail is right next to the visitors center. I also think the stairs help since this is a rather steep climb over a short distance. The amount of switch/loop backs that would be needed to have made a path-only assent would have scarred the land a lot more.


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