Colorado Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails - Wild Basin & Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park

Finch Lake
Finch Lake
4.5 miles
Elev. Gain 1442 ft
moderate
Trailhead
Horse Trail

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.

Pear Lake
Pear Lake
6.5 miles
Elev. Gain 2112 ft
difficult
Trailhead
Horse Trail

Copeland Mountain rises dramatically from the edge of the lake. 2 backcountry sites.

Lily Lake
Lily Lake
1 miles
Elev. Gain 0 ft
easy
Trailhead
Fishing Access

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.

Lily Mountain
Lily Mountain
1.5 miles
Elev. Gain 1006 ft
easy
Trailhead

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.

Chasm Lake
Chasm Lake
4.2 miles
Elev. Gain 2360 ft

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.

Estes Cone
Estes Cone
3.3 miles
Elev. Gain 1606 ft

Hike through the forest to beautiful views from the fortress-like summit of this cone shaped peak, with a short, near vertical scramble to the top. You'll pass the remains of a log cabin and the Eugenia Mine.  Awesome view of Longs Peak.  Estes Cone trail...

Eugenia Mine
1.4 miles
Elev. Gain 508 ft
moderate
Trailhead

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.

Granite Pass
4.2 miles
Elev. Gain 2680 ft
moderate
Trailhead

On the trail to Longs Peak before reaching the Boulder Field.

Boulder Field
Boulder Field
5.9 miles
Elev. Gain 3360 ft
difficult
Trailhead

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.

Longs Peak
Longs Peak
8 miles
Elev. Gain 4855 ft

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.

Sandbeach Lake
Sandbeach Lake
4.2 miles
Elev. Gain 1971 ft
moderate
Trailhead
Horse Trail

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.

Homer Rouse Memorial Trail
miles
Elev. Gain ft
Trailhead

From Lily Lake to Fish Creek. Open to runners, cyclists, hikers, and horseback riders.  Favorite trail for locals wanting to get outside.

Twin Sisters
Twin Sisters
3.7 miles
Elev. Gain 2390 ft
moderate
Trailhead

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.

Wild Basin Trail
miles
Elev. Gain ft
Trailhead

Provides access to Bluebird Lake and Thunder Lake trails. 5 backcountry sites.

Calypso Cascades
Calypso Cascades
1.8 miles
Elev. Gain 700 ft

Named for the beautiful Calypso orchid that grows along its banks and on the trail to Ouzel Falls. Pass Copeland Falls at .3 mile and superb river scenery.  Calypso Cascades trail...

Copeland Falls
0.3 miles
Elev. Gain 15 ft
easy
Trailhead

Along the trail to Calypso Cascades, you'll find this beautiful, small falls - worthy of a much longer hike!  Pictures...

Ouzel Falls
Ouzel Falls
2.7 miles
Elev. Gain 950 ft

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.

Bluebird Lake
Bluebird Lake
6 miles
Elev. Gain 2478 ft

Former reservoir, excellent wildflower displays. 1 backcountry site.  Horses not permitted on the last 1/2 mile of the trail to the lake.

Ouzel Lake
Ouzel Lake
4.9 miles
Elev. Gain 1510 ft
moderate
Trailhead
Horse Trail

Lightning strike started a large fire in 1978, unique landscape 1 backcountry site.

Thunder Lake
Thunder Lake
6.8 miles
Elev. Gain 2074 ft
moderate
Trailhead
Horse Trail

Great base area for exploring stunning scenery. 3 backcountry sites.

Boulder-Grand Pass
Boulder-Grand Pass
8 miles
Elev. Gain 3561 ft
difficult
Trailhead

Past the Lake of the Winds, it's a windy walk on the tundra, trail faint

Lion Lake No. 1
Lion Lake No. 1
7 miles
Elev. Gain 2565 ft
difficult
Trailhead

Awesome views of high peaks, remote, well worth the long hike

Lion Lake No. 2
Lion Lake No. 2
7.5 miles
Elev. Gain 3021 ft
difficult
Trailhead

Snowbanks last late into the summer

Snowbank Lake
Snowbank Lake
8 miles
Elev. Gain 3021 ft
difficult
Trailhead

No established trail, best views from tall rock outcrops nearby

Trio Falls
Trio Falls
7.3 miles
Elev. Gain 2800 ft
difficult
Trailhead

Three different waterfalls in one area, great wildflowers

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