Lake Estes Trail

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Lake Estes Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.8 miles 252 feet Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


A pleasant walk around Lake Estes offers views of the valley. There are many benches available around the lake to enjoy the panoramic views.

3 months ago

A nice walk to do other than "shopping" on your day off from hiking or after a hike. Views of mountains, visit the marina, check out the dam, go by Wapiti Meadows where elk may spend the night, and possibly, as we did, have elk on the trail.

4 months ago

I wouldn't consider this a 'hike'. Very easy walk and great views of the mountains if you can see past the electrical towers.

4 months ago

5 months ago

5 months ago

Nice, easy paved route around lake.

6 months ago

We hiked all the way around the lake. Had some nice views. Very relaxing. Enjoyed it.

7 months ago

nice for a bike ride around the lake

7 months ago

Some beautiful views and dog friendly, which is t easy to find near Estes with so much of the land being the national park. Some not so good views if you do the full loop, power plant and backside of dam, but still worth it.

7 months ago

Great trail for a leisurely stroll. Enjoyed the great scenery of Lake Estes.

1 year ago

Nice dog walk with flat sidewalk. Access to Lake. Wasn't too busy in March. Just bring sunscreen. :)

road biking
2 years ago

Fun bike ride from the lodge (about 1.5 miles west of town) and around the reservoir. One morning we even ate an early breakfast at a nearby restaurant ("McDonald's") as part of the ride. The loop passes the Estes Park City Visitor Center where several helpful, friendly staff spend all day answering questions.

3 years ago

If privacy is your thing when camping, this isn't the campground for you, but it's convenient to the trails and it's surrounded by beautiful pine-filled mountains and has all the amenities you could need--a bathroom, running water, fire pits, picnic tables, hookups, and tent pads.