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www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/hikes.htm or www.pwv.org. Also check out www.VisitEstesPark.com/blog for posts about hiking.

TRAIL

TRAILHEAD
LOCATION

ROUND-TRIP
DISTANCE

ELEVATION
GAIN

FERN LAKE

Moraine Park

7.6 mi./12.2 km

1,350 ft./106.7 m

L Mountain views; waterfalls; strenuous final mile

ODESSA LAKE

Fern Lake

8.2 mi./13.2 km

1,215 ft./370 m

L Striking alpine scenery. Consider using trekking
poles on this hike.

SANDBEACH LAKE

Wild Basin

8.4 mi./13.5 km

1,971 ft./600 m

L Steep ascent passes pine and aspen to pretty
panoramas of Mt. Meeker and the lake

CHASM LAKE

Longs Peak

8.5 mi./13.7 km

2,360 ft./719 m

L Strenuous hike that passes waterfalls and
concludes at the lake surrounded by Longs Peak,
Mt. Lady Washington and Mt. Meeker

TIMBERLINE FALLS

Glacier Gorge

8.6 mi./6.4 km

1,200 ft./366 m

Scenic Loch Vale is enjoyed en route to these
delicately beautiful falls on the park's east side.

BLACK LAKE

Glacier Gorge

10 mi./16 km

1,430 ft./436 m

L A rugged trail leads deep into a spectacular
glacial valley.

Alpine Visitor Center

.5 mi./.8 km

209 ft./63 m

TWIN SISTERS

Lily Lake

7.4 mi./12 km

2,338 ft./713 m

M A flood-impaired trail, with some rugged terrain
but worthy of magnificent views from the top

FLATTOP MOUNTAIN

Bear Lake

8.8 mi./14 km

2,849 ft./868 m

M Strenuous hike on a well-maintained trail to the
top of this 12,324' peak; great views in all directions

LUMPY RIDGE LOOP

Lumpy Ridge

11 mi./17.7 km

2,475 ft./754 m

M Views of wildflowers, mountains and wide valleys
reward the series of grueling false summits.

BLUEBIRD LAKE

Wild Basin

12 mi./20 km

2,478/755.3 m

L The lake is located in a large rocky bowl above
treeline at the end of the trail that is accessible from
March until November.

LAWN LAKE

Alluvial Fan

12.4 mi./20 km

2,249 ft./685 m

L Access without special gear from May until
October; abundant wildflowers; a long, but satisfying,
hike to the park's largest subalpine lake

Upper Beaver Meadows

13 mi./20.9 km

3,025 ft./922 m

M Diverse landscape with meadows, forest and
tundra. Most hikers use a car shuttle between the
starting and ending point.

ALPINE RIDGE TRAIL

UTE TRAIL

NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS

M Amazing views of the surrounding landscape

DOG-FRIENDLY TRAILS P
HOMER ROUSE
MEMORIAL TRAIL

Larimer County
at the start of
Fishcreek Road

3 mi./4.8 km

705 ft./214 m

LAKE ESTES TRAIL

Town of Estes Park

3.8 mi./6.1 km

50 ft./15 m

LILY MOUNTAIN

on CO Highway 7,
about 6 miles south
of Estes Park

3.8 mi./6.1 km

1,006 ft./306 m

Hermit Park ($)

4 mi./6.4 km

900 ft./274 m

M Includes a few steep stretches and a rock scramble
at the end; fantastic views from the top

POLE HILL

off U.S. Highway 36

4.5 mi./7.2 km

1,158 ft./352 m

M A point-to-point Roosevelt National Forest hike
close to Estes Park; also used for off-roading

JOHNNY PARK ROAD

north of Meeker Park

5.5 mi./8.9 km

374 ft./114 m

M Point-to-point trail shared by hikers and ATVs;
south of Estes Park in Roosevelt National Forest

HOMESTEAD
MEADOWS

Hermit Park ($)

6.7 mi./10.7 km

600 ft./183 m

M Now accessible only through Hermit Park; leads
to homesteads established between 1889 and 1923

LION GULCH

U.S. Highway 36, mile
marker #8

6.8 mi./10.9 km

1,200 ft./366 m

M Reopened in 2017 following flood reparations to
bridges and trails; historic homesteads

Garden Gate/Glen Haven

10.2 mi./16.4 km

2,786 ft./849 m

M Strenuous hike in Roosevelt National Forest known
for wildlife and panoramic views from the summit

KRUGER ROCK TRAIL

CROSIER MOUNTAIN

M Trail is mostly double-wide, loose material.
L Trail forms a loop around Lake Estes, providing
scenic views and accessibility for running, biking
or simply a relaxing walk.
M Challenging hike with scenic views from the
summit; inside Roosevelt National Forest

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DIFFICULTY

If hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park during warm weather months, consider taking the hiker shuttle from the Estes Park Visitor Center to
the national park's Park & Ride lot, as trailhead parking often is minimal.


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