Some of the best high altitude hiking can be found here with most of the trail averaging at about 10,000 ft to as high as 12,000. Full of meadows, gorges, fields of flowers, snow caped peaks, mountain streams and peaceful forest of aspen and pine. And there is no shortage of areas to explore here as this 479 mile trail passes through 8 major mountain ranges, 7 national forest and 6 wilderness areas. The northeastern half closer to Denver (Waterton Canyon to Monarch Pass) is considered easier as opposed to the Southwestern half, where you must confront the San Jaun Mountains and the epic assent of mountains such as the 13,334 ft (4,064 meter) mt. Coney.