This is the original road over the Continental Divide thru Rocky Mountain NP, and is accessible in summer via car ONE-WAY (east>west from Endovalley to the Alpine Visitors Center), but until July (normally) is open only for hikers & bikers. Access the road thru the US34 entrance to Rocky Mountain NP and park in the picnic area at Endovalley. Then hike up the road as far as you can without post-holing (every step up to your thighs in snow!) This year on Memorial Day weekend, it was to the 6 mile mark, still well short of the continental divide. Yet this is spectacular scenery, and not to be missed if you're a serious hiker. You'll be walking on dirt & gravel at first beyond the Chasm Falls Trail [closed now (May 2013) for re-construction,] then on patchy snow, and finally, in deep snow. If you're careful, you won't even need snowshoes and can get by with ordinary footwear! But come prepared for changing conditions with extra clothing layers in your backpack, sunglasses, a hat and emergency equipment. Any trek on the Old Fall River Road in late May or early June will normally end in a section of road where you are post-holing every step without snowshoes. Be sure to dress and pack accordingly, with multiple layers, and plenty of water (4oz/mile/person MINIMUM!) & food. Elevation is well above 10,000' so allow more time to hike and be prepared. There's a picture every few steps, so bring a big memory card for your camera as well. You'll enjoy this hike. I ALWAYS do!
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