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Estes Park, Colorado

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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Oldman Mountain

    5.0
    0.54 mi / 374 ft gain
    Oldman Mountain trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Estes Park, Colorado.
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Lumpy Ridge to Gem Lake

    4.3
    3.12 mi / 950 ft gain
    Begin by parking at the Lumpy Ridge trailhead, which is a couple miles outside of Estes Park on McGregor Avenue. At the trailhead, there are numerous signs indicating hiking trails, climbing routes, and other information about the area. After parking start hiking on the trail to the right of the ...
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  • Lyons, Colorado

    Hike the Kruger Rock Trail

    4 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Cutting through the forested hills surrounding Estes Valley, the Kruger Rock Trail is a well-marked 4 mile loop to the top of Kruger Rock. The trail begins in Hermit Park Open Space, located just a few miles southeast of Estes Park and is a moderate hike with around 1000 feet of elevation gain. C...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Photograph Elk in Moraine Park

    The perspective here is vastly different from other areas in Rocky Mountain National Park as Moraine Park is essentially a large, very flat valley surrounded by tall mountains. You'll want to come during the elks' rutting season, which is between mid-September and mid-October. Park at the lot on ...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Camp at Aspenglen Campground

    5.0
    Aspenglen is one of the four main campgrounds within the park boundaries. The campground is for car camping and there are areas just for tents and then broader areas for tents and campers. There are 53 sites at this campground and it fills up quickly each year. Reservations are available six mont...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Hike Deer Mountain

    6.03 mi / 1200 ft gain
    Beginning in Rocky Mountain National Park near the Deer Ridge Junction (where US 34 & US 36 meet), park your car in one of the 20 spots on either side of the road. Start at the trailhead booth and head north, keeping to the right-side trail at the first intersection about a tenth of a mile fr...
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  • 40.387035,-105.610770

    Rocky Mountain NP's Trail Ridge Road

    4.9
    39.06 mi
    Start by entering Rocky Mountain National Park through Estes Park, Colorado. After acquiring a map start your ascent on Trail Ridge Rd (the road is closed in winter). The Road will take you up in elevation into the mountains so a good car is strongly recommended. As you wind up the switch backs,...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Hike along Tombstone Ridge

    4.3 mi / 3250 ft gain
    Tombstone ridge can be accessed via the ute trail from two directions. The lower trail starts at upper beaver meadows and is ~4.3 miles with 3250 feet of elevation gain. It can also be accessed at the Ute trail crossing along trail ridge road, which leaves you a 1.1 mile hike with just under 300 ...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Estes Cone

    4.0
    8.22 mi / 2275 ft gain
    The trail begins on the left on a park service road before reaching a junction with the Storm Pass Trail just past .2 miles. Follow the trail as it enters the forest and continue past the private property signs and over a footbridge. Past the bridge the trail climbs more steadily for just under 2...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Twin Sisters Peak

    5.0
    7.48 mi / 2470 ft gain
    The trailhead starts close to 9,000 ft elevation. It continues at a gradual slope through the forest for a long way. The trail does not exit the tree line until close to the top, where there is a boulder field, of sorts (slightly over 11,000 ft). Don't worry, there is a nice trail all the way to ...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Hike to Cub Lake

    5.0
    4.6 mi / 645 ft gain
    Rocky Mountain National Park showcases 355 miles of hiking trails, 6 campgrounds, and hundreds of backcountry camp sites. The cost to enter the park is $20.00 per vehicle, I recommend buying the annual National Parks Pass for $80.00. Cub Lake is an excellent trail for viewing wildlife. There ar...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Hike The Mummy Kill (a.k.a. Mummy Mania)

    14.31 mi / 5600 ft gain
    Wanna kill some mummies!? Of course you do! Who doesn't? Mount Chapin: 12,454 feet; Mount Chiquita: 13,069 feet; Ypsilon Mountain: 13,514 feet; Fairchild Mountain: 13,502 feet; Hagues Peak: 13,560 feet; Mummy Mountain: 13,425 feet The Mummy Kill is the perfect all-day hike for those seasoned h...
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  • 40.407117,-105.626146

    Hike to Lawn Lake, Rocky Mountain NP

    12.9 mi / 2558 ft gain
    This 4 to 8 hour day hike leads to Lawn Lake, located inside a large basin at tree line, and surrounded by Fairchild Mountain, Hagues Peak, and Mummy Mountain. Lawn Lake is among the largest subapline lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. As you ascend into the sub-alpine zone, you will be gree...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Hike the Ypsilon Lake Trail

    5.0
    8.38 mi / 2000 ft gain
    To get to the trailhead, enter Rocky Mountain National Park on the 36.  Keep right at the fork with the 34 and then you'll take your next left and the parking for the trailhead is the first parking area on your right.  There is an outhouse at the trailhead too, so if you need to take a pit stop b...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Backpack to Odessa Lake via Fern Lake Trailhead

    4.0
    9.65 mi / 1890 ft gain
    Odessa Lake seems to be one of the true hidden gems of Rocky Mountain National Park. Don't get me wrong, you will likely see some folks there, but it is a far cry from the other crowded Bear Lake trailhead lakes. There are two ways to reach Odessa; one, from the Bear Lake Trailhead, and the oth...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Sprague Lake Loop

    5.0
    0.81 mi / 26 ft gain
    Located in Rocky Mountain National Park at an elevation of almost 8,700 feet, Sprague Lake offers visitors great views with very little effort required. It's a short 15 minute drive from Estes Park and hikers can take the short trail around the circumference of the lake. You'll find bathrooms and...
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