Rocky Mountain

Ecodharma Retreat Center

A Home for Meditation in Nature

Enjoy Solitude, Nature, Peace, and Beauty: Take A Hike At RMERC

In spring before we open, and between residential retreat programs after we do, you can come hike, meditate, and enjoy the land at RMERC. Avoid the overcrowded trails in Boulder and Indian Peaks, and enjoy real peace, quiet, and solitude just 30 minutes from N. Boulder.

We allow just one group reservation per day on our two shorter trails (Bill’s Loop and Glacier View Loop), and two per day on our two longer trails (South Forest Loop and Outback Loop). Each group reservation is for 2 to 5 people total (no solo hiking), including children, in 1 car. Dogs (including service or support dogs), pets, animals, and bikes are not allowed. We ask for a small donation that helps RMERC with our expenses (see below). Reservations are first come first serve, and you can come back as often as you like.

Note that the lodge is closed to hikers, so you will be on your own while up there. The resident managers and perhaps self retreatants are at the lodge, so please be courteous: they may be practicing inside or on the deck.

Trails. There are four trail loops available (see map below). All are easy to moderate, flagged, and clear to follow. Pay attention for junctions; they have a cairn (small rock pile) and flags in each direction.

Bills Loop, about ¾ mile, our easiest trail, offers lots of creekside access, and wonderful views from the top. You can also cross the bridge and enjoy The Meadow.

Glacier View Loop is about 1.5 miles round trip, and after a few switchbacks up to the ridge is gentle rolling terrain to a wonderful view of Indian Peaks. You can also take a side trail to The Rockpile; there are great views there too.

South Forest Loop Trail, just over 2 miles round trip, easy to moderate climb and descent, goes up to Mariposa Bluff, with more great views of Indian Peaks. You can also enjoy The Meadow, and sit by the creek at Aspen Bend.

The Outback Loop, our longest trail, is almost 3 miles including a side trip to Schmoll’s Knoll, with amazing 360 degree views. The Outback Glade, at the NE apex, is a beautiful place to sit or have lunch as well. (Note: the Knoll requires a bit of scrambling to get to the top.)

Hiking Donations

Hiking donations help RMERC with expenses, and maintain a pristine, private and safe environment for hiking. You can offer in several amounts, including a Benefactor tier for those who can contribute more. For those that need to, you can make a smaller donation or even nothing. We appreciate your support! Donations are per group in one car up to 5 people.

Reservations are on a first come first serve basis. The donation is non-refundable. You must pay in advance for all persons on your reservation.


Please consult the Hiking Reservation Calendar below before making a reservation. If there is already a reservation for a trail on a certain date, you will see it in the calendar. Six hiking options are available each day hiking is open, so any day with less than 6 reservations still has availability. The six options are:

  • Bill’s Loop
  • Glacier View
  • Outback #1
  • Outback #2
  • South Forest #1
  • South Forest #2

(Calendar best viewed in Chrome or Edge on a PC, or Chrome or Safari on a Mac)


RMERC Hiking Policies:

To keep myself, the land, and others safe; all members of our group agree to adhere to the following, and understand this permit is valid only under the following conditions:
  1. The persons named in the reservation and signed below are the only people allowed in the group. Groups are limited to a minimum of two people (no solo hiking, there is no cell service at RMERC if you get lost or injured), and max of five people, coming in one car.
  2. Only adults over the age of 18, or children in the care of a parent or legal guardian are allowed. YOU MAY NOT BRING A DOG, HORSE, OR ANY OTHER ANIMAL, EVEN IF IT IS A SUPPORT OR SERVICE ANIMAL, NOT EVEN IN YOUR CAR. We have many moose, and they will freak out and can become dangerous if they hear, see, or smell a dog.
  3. Everyone in the group stays together (do not split up) on the designated trail and date of our reservation. Walking or snowshoes only, no bikes.
  4. Parking is in the guest lot; please close the gate if you are the last car out.
  5. Stay far from wildlife and make noise in areas where animals may be hidden, so as not to surprise them. Moose can become dangerous if they feel surprised, cornered, or threatened. Check yourself for ticks, and do not keep any food or cosmetics in your car, which should be locked, as bears may be around. Never feed or touch a wild animal.
  6. The lodge is off limits or locked, so bring everything you need: food, water, toilet paper, first aid kit, etc. While you can urinate anywhere, bury feces at least 6” deep in soil, and take out all used toilet paper; do not bury it, it won’t decompose but will get dug up by animals.
  7. Fires, smoking, flames, weapons, or firearms, of any type, are not allowed at RMERC.
Our east neighbor has a very friendly black Lab, “Raven”, who loves to play fetch. If he shows up, please do not throw anything, or encourage him: just ignore him so he goes home.
We hope you have a great hike at RMERC!

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