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A decent hike, best quality is that it's easy to get to. There were a lot of bikers on some portions which means we had to be a bit more on edge/aware of someone needing to whip by, but it wasn't too troublesome. Views are nice once you gain some elevation, but since it's so close to town seeing so many developments detracts from the views a bit.
Did this hike on a Friday- the trail was surprisingly busy, but considering how close to town it is, I guess that makes sense.
The Backbone is a neat geological formation, and in October the layers of autumn colors are very pretty.
We were fortunate that it was overcast for our whole hike- not a lick of shade on the entire trail, so if you hike it in the summer be prepared for the heat.
Overall it was a pleasant hike and a great option for those wanting a nice hike without having to drive far out of town.
I took really long and strenuous hike's in Estes Park all week so I was looking for something easy and relaxing. Happy I found this spot.
It's a really easy, relatively short route. I sat next to the Lake towards the end and read a book and just enjoyed the scenery.
Be Advised: You will need a one day parking permit which will cost you 7$.
There are a number of continuous trails to Devil's Backbone. To the south of the starting area is Morrison Loop which is wheelchair accessible and about .8 miles. Starting to the north is Keyhole or Wild Loop which is the popular hike of about 2.6 miles. From there it is up to you on length. Starting at Wild Loop and going to the end is around 11 miles. Taking the longer loop portions back make it about 24 miles. Plan on encountering bikes.