Estes Cone Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.
The summit of Estes Cone trail offers some of the best views found in the area. Getting to the summit takes a bit of effort, but it well worth it. The summit offers a 360-degree view that includes Estes Valley, Mummy Range, the Continental Divide, Longs Peak, Mount Meeker, Twin Sisters, and Lily Lake below.
Gorgeous area. Finally part of the hike is pretty steep but worth it.
Excellent hike. We went on a Sunday afternoon in late October and caught the trail at an off time (passed only a couple people the whole time) with perfect weather. 4 hours round trip at a leisurely pace. Be sure to look for the cairns on the way up the final ascent, though I think there's several ways to get there. Following the trail down is more difficult, so be sure to look for markers/memorable trees, etc. Excellent views at the top, which comes as a surprise after a mostly tree-covered hike. Plenty of scrambling at the top for those who want it, and plenty of easier outcroppings for those who don't.
Really enjoyed the hike. Going past the old mine was really neat. Once you get to the cross roads with stormy pass you go straight up the hill and we lost the path for a large portion at the top. However once at the top the views are incredible!!
Did this for 1st time today-Friday-inch space in parking lot. Nearly all trail is covered until the very top. Not as hard as I anticipated. Views at top are amazing--even on a cloudy day. Definitely would recommend.
This was a beautiful trail that was mostly in the forest. Beautiful scenery at the top, and we barely ran into anyone while on the trail. We left the parking lot at about 7:30am on the Sunday morning before labor day, and probably got back around noon. This is a great trail to try scrambling at the top, although it is a little hard to follow the trail. No exposure, except if you want it at the peak. The top was great- no one else there, although it was so windy, we lost a hat! Always be sure to bring a jacket for the peak. Since we went last weekend, the leaves were just starting to change on a few trees. We thought that the clouds from over Longs were going to come meet us at the top, so we turned around sooner than we usually would have. By the time we got back to Lily Lake, however, the parking lot was PACKED with tourists from RMNP, so we wanted to leave town ASAP.
Did this hike today (8/30). we kept a fast paced and only braked once. we started at 8 am and ended at 12:30 pm. including a 30 minute break up top! Loved this trail. Its through the woods for most the hike. It is a wide trail with a slight incline. The last mile up is pretty straight up. But when you summit, you get a 360 view of beautiful mountains. Really really gorgeous. We heard a lot of elks around us on this hike too.
I did this today (8/27). I started at 4:30pm and got back to my car at 7:30 with about 20 minutes on top. There was parking right at the trailhead and no one on the trail at this time which was great and rare for a Saturday hike. The first 2 1/2 miles are a piece of cake but the last .75 is a steep scramble up rocks with the trail being difficult to follow at times. Take it slow and keep an eye out for cairns. Gorgeous panoramic views at the top make it very much worth the sweat! Take your time going back down for the first mile back as the same steep trail can be easy to slip on; trekking poles are highly recommended for this hike.
Great! Last .5 mile on the way up is challenging.
We started out at 7:15, which meant we had to park way down the road from the trailhead, due to the very early parking for Long's Peak. Pretty trail through pine forest then a serious scramble at the top. My wife and I are in good shape for 54 year olds and we completed the trail in 4 hours, with 30 minutes at top. We were alone at top but passed 9 groups heading up on our way down. We did the Lily mountain trail after we did this one, so you know it doesn't kill you.
Left Ranger Station at noon, got back by 4:15 with about 20 minutes at the top. Hiked with two boys, a 13yo and 9yo, who can both hammer a hike like this so we kept moving. Last mile takes guts and could be equal in time to the first 2.1 but homerun at the end. Enjoy!
Spectacular views! Easy trail except for last 0.7 mile where there is steep 800 ft elevation gain over very rocky trail. Cairns guide the way. Fun scramble to the summit and jaw dropping 360 deg views of Longs, Meeker, Mummy Range on one side and Twin Sisters peak, Lily Lake, Estes park on the other. Caught a glorious weather day and spent an hour at the top.
Just remember 2 things-
1) Go very early to park at Longs Peak TH. We got there at 8:15 am and had to park way further down the winding road and walk up the hill to the TH. Summer is here and Longs TH is pretty popular, especially on the weekend. Long line of cars parked all the way down the winding road.
2) just be prepared for steep climb at the end. 0.7 miles can seem like 2 miles when going straight up rocky trail. Great cardio exercise.
Totally worth it for the views.
Easy hike up until the last half mile- very steep, rocky switchbacks.