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.
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.
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