Great fall color hike through a variety of landscapes, including regrowth from a 1978 burn. Tranquil lake with Copeland Mountain as a backdrop. 2 backcountry sites.
Copeland Mountain rises dramatically from the edge of the lake. 2 backcountry sites.
Lily Lake offers splendid views of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker amid rocky outcrops. A level packed gravel trail encircles the lake featuring educational exhibits. Accessible trail and fishing pier. Strollers permitted. Enos Mills, the "father of Rocky Mountain National Park," enjoyed walking to Lily Lake from his nearby cabin. Look for wildflowers in the spring and early summer. In the winter the trail around the lake is often suitable for walking in boots, or as a short snowshoe or ski.
Great trek for first time climbers and youth. Steady altitude gain and wide path. NFS trail with the last 100 feet to the summit a scramble up a granite ravine to a panoramic view.
Pass through 3 climate zones on the way to this magnificent alpine lake at the base of the east face of Longs Peak (the Diamond) - one of the most popular hikes in the park.
Site of a mining enterprise begun and abandoned near the turn of the century - leaving no one the richer. Explore the remains of a log cabin and look around for old equipment. 1 backcountry site.
On the trail to Longs Peak before reaching the Boulder Field.
The most frequently used base camp for a Longs Peak climb. 8 sites, reservation only, 5.9 miles from the Longs Peak Ranger Station and about 2 miles from the summit. Super views of the East Face and the Keyhole, 500 ft above.
The crown jewel of Rocky hiking, start EARLY (beat the weather and get a parking spot). Make a virtual visit to Longs via the video link which shows the Keyhole route in 3D.
From Copeland Lake, this trail is a steep hike through Copeland Moraine, requiring significant effort due to the steepness of the trail. The lake itself provides a pretty end to the trail. 6 backcountry sites.
From Lily Lake to Fish Creek. Open to runners, cyclists, hikers, and horseback riders. Favorite trail for locals wanting to get outside.
Spectacular views of Longs Peak from the twin summits. Trail takes you across a variety of landscapes from dense forest to spare tundra. A park radio antenna and building are near the top.
Provides access to Bluebird Lake and Thunder Lake trails. 5 backcountry sites.
Along the trail to Calypso Cascades, you'll find this beautiful, small falls - worthy of a much longer hike! Pictures...
Pass some superb river scenery leading up to Calypso Cascades, then a dramatic surprise - a burned area from 1978 on the way to the falls. Get a close in view of the falls by scrambling up the left bank to a grassy spot facing the falls.
Former reservoir, excellent wildflower displays. 1 backcountry site. Horses not permitted on the last 1/2 mile of the trail to the lake.
Lightning strike started a large fire in 1978, unique landscape 1 backcountry site.
Great base area for exploring stunning scenery. 3 backcountry sites.
Past the Lake of the Winds, it's a windy walk on the tundra, trail faint
Awesome views of high peaks, remote, well worth the long hike
Snowbanks last late into the summer
No established trail, best views from tall rock outcrops nearby
Three different waterfalls in one area, great wildflowers
Southern-most trailhead along Hwy 7. Joins Finch Lake trails. Parking area is too small for horse trailers - park on the east side of the road.
About 1,000 feet east of the bridge that crosses North St. Vrain Creek to Wild Basin Ranger Station. Wild Basin is about 12.5 miles south of Estes Park on Highway 7. Access to 5 backcountry sites.
Six miles south of the town of Estes Park on Highway 7, past Mary's Lake.
At Longs Peak Ranger Station, 7.5 miles south of Estes Park on Highway 7. Access to 4 backcountry sites.
12.5 mi. south of Estes Park on Highway 7, R at Wild Basin Road. Immediately to the R of the Ranger Station Kiosk. Access to 5 backcountry sites.
Across Highway 7 from Lily Lake.
12.5 mi. south of Estes Park on Highway 7, right at Wild Basin Road. Take right fork to Entrance station, then 3 mi. to Ranger Station. Access to 6 backcountry sites. 2 Horse Trailer parking spaces.