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which trail will you choose?

OUTDOOR

TRAIL

TRAILHEAD
LOCATION

ROUND-TRIP
DISTANCE

ELEVATION
GAIN

DIFFICULTY

Fortunately, the trails near Estes Park accommodate hikers of all levels; the table below lists some of the most popular treks. The bootprints
indicate the level of difficulty by factoring elevation gain and total length: Easy , Moderate , Challenging
and Difficult
. Choose
one that is right for you. Horse-friendly trails are indicated by . Looking for a hike with specific scenery? L Lake Hike; M Mountain Hike;
Waterfall Hike. If hiking in the national park, plan ahead from June to October. Also, hike later if the weather forecast looks favorable.

NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS

INSIDE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK (Pets are not allowed.)
off Bear Lake Road

.5 mi./.8 km
loop

10 ft./3 m

end of Bear Lake Road

.5 mi./.8 km

20 ft./6 m

L Family-friendly; disabled-accessible; self-guided
nature trail onsite

Wild Basin

.6 mi./1 km

15 ft./5 m

Alluring set of cascades in the southeastern corner
of Rocky Mountain National Park; suitable for families

MORAINE PARK DISCOVERY
CENTER NATURE TRAIL

on Bear Lake Road

.8 mi./1.3 km
loop

20 ft./6 m

M Family-friendly; self-guided booklet interprets this
nature walk with beautiful views

LILY LAKE

off CO Highway 7

.9 mi./1.5 km

no gain

THE POOL

Fern Lake off
Bear Lake Road

3.4 mi./5.4 km

245 ft./74 m

Bear Lake

1 mi./1.6 km

225 ft./68.5 m

Rock Cut on
Trail Ridge Road

1.1 mi./1.7 km

175 ft./53 m

Glacier Gorge

1.6 mi./2.6 km

210 ft./64 m

Bear Lake Trailhead

2.2 mi./3.5 km

425 ft./129.5 m

Longs Peak

2.8 mi./4.5 km

508 ft./154 m

Bear Lake Road

3.2 mi./5.15 km

725 ft./220.9 m

CALYPSO
CASCADES

Wild Basin

3.6 mi./5.8 km

700 ft./231 m

A nice, shady late spring hike that passes
numerous waterfalls

EMERALD LAKE

Bear Lake

3.6 mi./5.8 km

605 ft./184 m

L Heavily trafficked out-and-back trail that's good
for all skill levels

LAKE HAIYAHA

Bear Lake

4.2 mi./6.8 km

745 ft./227 m

L Expect some rough footing. The lakeshore is
rugged and rocky.

CUB LAKE

Fern Lake

4.6 mi./7.4 km

540 ft./165 m

L Passes through woods to a mountain pond

off U.S. Highway 36

5 mi./8 km

935 ft./285 m

M A gentle, moderate walk filled with special vistas,
aspens, Ponderosa pines and wildflowers

Wild Basin

5.4 mi./8.7 km

950 ft./290 m

The most popular destination in Wild Basin
showcases a short waterfall that drops dramatically
over a small granite cliff.

MILLS LAKE

Glacier Gorge

5.6 mi./9 km

700 ft./213 m

L Offers incredible views of Longs Peak and
Keyboard of the Winds

THE LOCH

Glacier Gorge

6 mi./9.7 km

990 ft./302 m

L Follow a well-defined trail along a moderate trail
to spectacular mountain scenery.

Deer Mountain at Deer
Ridge Junction where
U.S. Hwys. 34 & 36 meet

6 mi./9.7 km

1,083 ft./330 m

SKY POND

Glacier Gorge

9.8 mi./15.6 km

710 ft./521 m

GEM LAKE

Lumpy Ridge

3.2 mi./5.1 km

1,000 ft./304 m

L Steep hike rewarded with pretty conclusion at
spring-fed lake

Bear Lake

5.8 mi./9.4 km

1,215 ft./370 m

L Traverses subalpine forests and offers the chance
to see wildlife

Storm Pass at Lily Lake

7.4 mi./11.9 km

2,369 ft./722 m

M Excellent view from the summit; strenuous ascent

SPRAGUE LAKE
BEAR LAKE
COPELAND FALLS

NYMPH LAKE
TUNDRA
COMMUNITIES TRAIL
ALBERTA FALLS
DREAM LAKE
EUGENIA MINE
BIERSTADT LAKE LOOP

UPPER BEAVER
MEADOWS LOOP
OUZEL FALLS

DEER MOUNTAIN

LAKE HELENE
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L Family-friendly; disabled-accessible; circles the lake

L Ideal for families or those with limited time or
abilities; suitable for strollers & hikers of all ages
Shaded; winds along a rushing stream
L A great hike to a small, scenic subalpine lake;
highly recommended for families
M Family-friendly; shows off the tundra
A moderate hike to a popular waterfall
L One of the most popular destination hikes in
Rocky Mountain National Park
M Leads through lodgepole pine, spruce and fir to
the site of a working mine from 1905-1912
L Climbs along a wooded ridge to an unobstructed
view of surrounding mountains

M Moderate trail that leads to the summit
L The route to the lake crosses a boulder field at the
top before stopping at this special place.


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