Lily Mountain Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Estes Park: Go south on Hwy 7 about 5.8 miles. Just before the 6 mile marker there is a small pull-off area by the trailhead sign. Be careful because parking space is limited and the pull-off sits just off busy Hwy 7.
The juice is worth the squeeze! A little tricky at the last 5% due to the boulders you need to climb on, especially for smaller children or dogs. Once you get to the top the 360 views are fantastic.
Nice day off hike (resting to do Chasm Lake tomorrow). Was a fun hike and met some interesting people along the way - including the four young men that drove from Chicago and hiked with a machete as protection from the bears. Plenty of well behaved dogs on the trails - however the woman hiking with her two kids that had her two pit bulls off the leash and running freely is an idiot.
Isn't technology great! Tracked the hike with the AllTrails app; watched part of the Penn State football game on the BTN2GO app; listened to the remainder of the game on XM app on the way back to the parking lot.
Beautiful hike! Last 120-ish yards were scrambling up rocks. Totally worth the view! We're from Ohio so the altitude kicked our butts - kept having to stop to catch our breath. What has been said before holds true - if you are afraid of heights, do not feel the need to get to the top. We also lost the trail a couple times going up but didn't have any trouble seeing the trail on the way down.
Short and pretty views at the top.
Beautiful view from the top!
Good little hike. The top is narrow, so if that freaks you out, don't go all the way to the summit. You have to scramble over rocks and boulders to reach the top. The trail disappears a bit, so just follow the cairns for the easiest way up. This is one of the few trails that allow dogs in Estes Park. Parking is limited to a handful of spots on the side of the road, so get there early.
First mile is a rolling up and down pretty close to the road. The second half of the trail is more secluded and steeper. Great summit with beautiful views. A nice trail if you're already in the area. I'm not sure it's worth the drive just to do the hike.
Nice trail. Not very crowded today. Little scrambling at the top but worth the 360• views.
Close to Estes, one of the view trails that allow dogs since it isn't in RMNP. Really steep in parts, also very rocky at the end.
Awesome scenic views at the top! Moderate hiking difficulty but pretty steep incline toward the end..we took several breaks. The very top is a lot of quite large rocks/boulders you have to climb. Just keep going and you'll realize once you see the awesome views!!
The scenic payoff at the top is worth the effort. The final ascent is rather precarious -- just keep heading for the last tree. Would not recommend the final rock climb to the top for dogs or people with anxiety or acrophobia. Magnificent vistas and a short drive from downtown Estes.
Very good trail. Good view at the top
We hiked the Lily lake section and then the Lily Ridge trail afterwards. The ridge had a lot more elevation although still easy and well paved. If you start it on the North side of the lake, the elevation increase is spread out further whereas on the South side, the elevation is more vertical at the start. It levels out near the top of the ridge and provides some spectacular views out to the West. Our day was great. We started early in the AM and finished just as the shops were opening down in town. We will be back.