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“Don't overlook this overlook!”

Forest Canyon Overlook
Reviewed August 10, 2012

The quality of the view from this stop is not apparent from the road, and many folks drive right on by. It's worth a stop to see the forested canyon, the surrounding mountains, the marmots that inhabit this area and seem to be as curious about the tourists as the tourists are about them, and the alpine tundra that surrounds the overlook and its short trails.

A plea from someone who has seen that tundra visibly degraded over the years: Please, please respect the signs saying that visitors must stay on the trails at that overlook, due to the exceptionally fragile nature of the soil. Almost everyone does stay on the trails, but there are frequently a few who seem to think "That doesn't mean me," and their damaging footsteps can last a long time. I have never actually seen it happen, but I've heard that if a Ranger catches someone off-trail at this site, a walloping fine can result.

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Reviewed June 28, 2012

This overlook is well worth a stop when driving the Trail Ridge Road as the views are spectacular, particularly of the valley. At the time that we visited there were many marmots roaming close to the path.

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Reviewed February 10, 2012

If you are driving Trail Ridge Road, get out of your car and take the short walk to this overlook.

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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Great area to hike in iff you can handle the altitude

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Reviewed August 23, 2009

This overlook is on Trail Ridge Road a few miles east of the Alpine Visitor Center. There is a small parking area here. From there, a paved trail about 2/10 mile long leads out to the overlook. There are beautiful views of the valley.

3  Thank Cocobam
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