Baker Pass in the Never Summer Range crosses the Continental Divide into the Michigan River drainage to the west of Mount Nimbus. It can be reached by either the Baker Gulch trail, or from just before Parika Lake by contouring NE to the Pass.
Parika Lake lies outside of the park boundary and is one of the classic tundra lake hikes.
A long, gradual climb through thick forest to the lake.
Bowen Pass is part of the Arapaho National Forest, and is a steep, short hike from Bowen Lake.
This area has unique geological features, and resembles the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
Follows a gentle grade to the site of the old 1880's gold mining camp of Lulu City. Not much remains now, but this historic area is written up in a trail booklet available at visitor centers for a nominal price. Keep an eye out for moose. Makes a gentle ski tour in the winter.
Heads north, following the Colorado River to the Lulu City site. .9 mile beyond is the Little Yellowstone trail that heads to Poudre Pass near the north boundary of the Park, the Neota Wilderness, and Long Draw reservoir. 2 backcountry sites.
This trail offers a barren and rocky landscape, and the last section is difficult to access. 2 backcountry sites.
Past Lulu City, follow Lulu Creek to junction with Thunder Pass trail. 1 backcountry site up Skeleton Gulch, and 2 near trail junction.
Once used by stage coaches, Thunder Pass is now an excellent trail, with the Michigan Lakes beyond it a must see.
Kawuneeche, the Arapaho word for coyote, was the name given to this gentle valley of the Upper Colorado River. he trail follows the bank of the Colorado River with views of the Never Summer Mountains. Look for moose (especially during the early morning and early evening hours), songbirds and wildflowers. Features educational exhibits along the trail. Accessible. Strollers permitted. Picnic tables. In the winter, an easy choice to test those skis or snowshoes.
The East Inlet Trail leads to Lone Pine Lake and subalpine forest before reaching the soggy ground around Lake Verna. 2 backcountry sites.
Lone Pine Lake is past East Inlet meadows and Adams Falls on the East Inlet trail. The lake contains a rock island that once housed a single lodgepole pine in a crack. 3 backcountry sites near the lake.
This trail ends at the Shadow Mountain Fire Lookout, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The Onahu, Tonahutu, and Green Mountain trails intersect to form a circle route with a few steep sections of short duration. Big Meadows is a sea of grasses and wild flowers rimmed by hills. 3 backcountry sites.
The entire Continental Divide National Scenic Trail corridor is approximately 3,100 miles (4,988 kilometers) long, from the Canadian border in Montana to the border of Mexico in New Mexico, ranging from 4,000 ft to over 13,000 ft in elevation. The 30 miles of trail looping through RMNP pass through beautiful alpine tundra and scenery. 17 backcountry sites. More on the Continental Divide trail...
Flattop Mountain can be accessed from either side of the Park, thus provides a cross-park route from Estes Park to Grand Lake.
Long, beautiful hike on a trail mostly used by backpackers. Llamas allowed, but no other stock. 3 backcountry sites.
Easy loop through the Kawuneechee Valley.
A wide, roaring waterfall with great picnic spots on the flat rocks. The trail passes through lodgepole pines and follows North Inlet Creek.
Branches south off of the Green Mountain trail through Big Meadows, and connects to the Kawuneeche VC.
Spur trail off the CDT to a high mountain lake at the base of Andrews Peak.
Lake Nokoni is a glacial tarn surrounded by beautiful landscape, including great wildflowers.
Pass through Summerland Park and North Inlet Meadow on the way to the falls. Cascade Falls is 3.5 miles up this trail.
The Green Mountain Trail once was a wagon road used to haul hay from Big Meadows. Summit of Green Mtn is at 10,313 ft.
The hike to Timber Lake travels through dense forest and crosses several creeks, and uses the flank of Jackstraw Mountain. The rugged terrain of the lake hides the summit of Mount Ida. 5 backcountry sites along the Timber Lake trail.
Because the trail disappears in the marshes of Long Meadows (it's swampy), it's termed by the Park Service a "cross-country experience".
A quiet loop highlighted by Big Meadows. 3 backcountry sites.