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Bible Point

One of the most popular hikes on the Estes Park Center grounds is up to Bible Point. While relatively short (under an hour to the top), it gets fairly steep. At the top, hikers will find the grave of Edwin Bradt. According to the book, YMCA of the Rockies: Reflections, Traditions and Vision, by Jack and Lulabeth Melton, Edwin Bradt led quite an adventurous life.

Edwin traveled the world with his parents at age 12 to visit missionaries. He first came out to Estes Park in 1914, and returned in 1916 to attend the YMCA Student Conference. He stayed in Estes Park after the conference to help his father build a cabin on the land. In 1918, Edwin was driving from Chicago to Seattle for his brother’s wedding, when he was killed in a car accident in Nebraska.
His funeral took place at Estes Park Center. YMCA employees carried his casket from the Assembly Hall to the top of Bible Point (then called Buena Vista), where he was buried.

At the top of Bible Point, the Bradt family erected a mailbox with a bible and logbook for hikers. Below are some photos from a recent hike up to Bible Point:

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Hailing from the great state of Minnesota, Martha joined YMCA of the Rockies in 2010 and has been enjoying life in the Rockies ever since. When she's not at work, you'll find her hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, at a yoga class, or dog sledding, depending on the season. Occasionally, she can sit still long enough to read a book. Martha is passionate about the YMCA's mission to build strong families and strong communities.

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