The vast majority of those who visit Rocky Mountain National Park overlook seeing what some call one of the most private, yet easily accessible areas of this national treasure.

The drive to the Wild Basin area in Rocky Mountain National Park at the southeastern edge of the Park traverses spectacular scenery, climbing through forested areas, providing breathtaking views of the Continental Divide, Longs Peak, Mount Meeker and Twin Sisters.

Thunder Lake occupies a marshy basin deep in the Wild Basin Area of Rocky Mountain National Park. While much of the hike passes through dense forest with limited views, the lake vicinity is exceptional and notable for its excellent fishing and backcountry camping options.

An unmaintained but well-established route continues west of Thunder Lake to Boulder-Grand Pass (12,061′), which connects the east and west sides of Rocky Mountain National Park:

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  • Glad you enjoyed your trip to Rocky. I live down the road in Boulder.

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