Lulu City Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Did this trail yesterday. Gorgeous scenery and fall colors starting to come out. Very nice as it goes along the river most of the way. Easy with little ups and downs - great for out of town guests not used to altitudes as super easy and hardly any elevation gain at all. The only negative was a fair amount of horse poop - which was gross. Horses should be required to have bags on their bottoms in my opinion. Watch where you step! That was the only reason I didn't give 5 starts.
Nice trail. Lots of elk. Rainy in afternoon.
Fairly easy trail. This trail follows along and is at the beginning of the Colorado river. I took this trail to Shiplers cabin, which basically is the wooden remains, and also some old mining carts and materials can be found in the area.
Mostly flat and mostly wooded trail. About 2 miles in you'll see some yellow bellied marmots. Also saw a couple deer. Not much at Lulu City except a sign and one cabin ruins.
Main trail was under the river. There is a high trail, but it was very muddy. We turned around because not everyone had waterproof shoes. Enjoyable hike for the time we were on it.
Fairly easy trail that you can take out to Shipler's cabins (2.3 miles) or to Lulu city (3.7 miles) and then back. If you are adventurous you can continue past Lulu City and make it into a loop trail which I'm guessing would be about 10 miles. I suggest you get a trail map from the Kawuneeche Visitor Center. My wife and hiked this trail in the late afternoon and saw a mule deer and a young male elk (not sure what they are called). It was a nice hike along the Colorado River.
Good easy hike for the family. Beautiful meadow and scenic views. Watch out for moose in the meadow.
Short out and back trail. The trail is on the north side. Starting at the Colorado river.
Did not make it to Lulu, trail flooded and bypass trail was too muddy for us beginners. Trail up to the flooded area was very easy.
Great trail for warming up to elevation. Mostly flat with a nice lunch spot at lulu city. Mileage is more like 7.4 from Colorado river trail head.
The Colorado River Trail isn't very exciting on its own. It is an out and back trail, mostly on double track. However, it is criss-crossed by many excellent single track trails of varying difficulty. The trails wind through tight trees, with short climbs and descents. One section, called The Maze, enters the forest and then forks. Each of those trails fork. Only one choice takes you all the way through, and the rest take you back to the start.