Distance (Round-Trip): 3.8 miles
Elevation Gain: +940 feet (begins at 8,800', summit at 9,740')
This trail begins at the Lily Mountain trailhead, just prior to the Lily Lake Trailhead. There is limited roadside parking (approx. 10 cars), so if needed you can go park in the Lily Lake Trailhead parking lot and then walk about 400 feet down the road to the Lily Mountain Trailhead. The Lily Mountain trail is just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park in the Roosevelt National Forest, therefore dogs are allowed on the trail.
The first mile of the trail is relatively level, followed by a series of switchbacks to reach the summit of Lily Mountain. You wander through lodgepole pine trees on a fairly wide trail catching glimpses of the Twin Sisters and Lake Estes as you go. The last 100 feet are a scramble up some boulders. At the top you get 360° panoramic views including Longs Peak and much of the Continental Divide, sights around the Estes Valley with much of the city of Estes Park and Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes, Twin Sisters Peaks, Lion Head, Rocky Mountain National Park, Storm Mountain, and the Mummy Range.