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Was a great trip

Do you like rolling your ankle? Do you like busy trails? This is the trail for you then. The trail is clearly visible until the scramble to the top on the near peak, I stayed on the northwest side and found a route suitable for me without any issues. The worst part of the trail, other then being really rocky, was a stretch right after the washed out area. Lots of incline there. For me slow and steady wins the race. Great views from the top. I wanted to go to the second peak but I could see storms moving in so I left.

1 day ago

Good, fairly easy hike. Bring plenty of water. Weather changes quickly. Very pretty views of the valley.

Great trail, rained on us but other than that it was awesome!!!

This was a great hike with breathtaking views... My partner and I started around 7:45 AM and reached the summit just after 9:30. We spent about an hour at the peaks before heading back down, and we reached our car around 12:00. We traveled at a brisk pace with a few stops to hydrate and catch our breaths. The air is thin and dry, so take your time, and (as always) bring more water than you think you’ll need. As many of the previous reviewers have stated, I would rank this hike as more moderately-difficult than hard. The trail has a slight incline most of the way with a few steep portions in between. It is rocky/jagged towards the end, at the summit, and on the way back down, so wear footwear that have protective soles lest you hurt your feet. The majority of the hike is in the forest- very shady and peaceful... Overall, this hike is a great choice for inexperienced hikers. Very doable, and the views will definitely not disappoint!

Really enjoyed this hike! From the parking lot we ended up covering about 6 miles. The view from the top is worth the difficulty. If you have a 4wd you can drive up a good portion of the trail and take a few miles off the hike. Highly recommend this hike!!!

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2 days ago

Gets slightly tougher towards the summit but the views are totally worth the hike. Moderate difficulty for some stunning views.

First time hike for my brother and I both. We went June 20th 2018 and the weather couldn't have been better. We took our time and really enjoyed the trail and everything along the way. The rock scramble at the top may seem discouraging but do not let that stop you, the amazing 360 view at the top is worth every bit of effort!!! Highly recommend this trail!

they don't allow dogs so if you plan on bringing your first baby don't go here

A great hike! 4 stars instead of 5 because the first ~2.8 miles of the route got a little boring with all the trees (which were pretty! Just the same view for a while), but the view at the top was gorgeous. If you’re comfortable with it, definitely climb up the rock peaks at the top to get an even better view.

It took us just under 2 hours to get to the top, and about 50 minutes to get back down. However, we normally walk fast, and passed many people both ways. There were some pretty steep parts, especially halfway through, but nothing too difficult or unsafe. If you’re regularly active and in good shape, you’ll find this trail to be moderate and not “hard.”

Great first hike in estes. Amazing views at the top. Pretty easy to navigate the entire route. Saw a lot of dogs on the trail. Weird bugs at the top but none on the trail. Good spot if you want to get a quick hike in.

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6 days ago

this was beautiful at the top but it's definitely HARD

This ended up being one of my favorite hikes of the trip. It was definitely a challenge for me and my friend, two Midwesterners who have never climbed a mountain or generally even faced high altitudes before. The elevation gain and rocky terrain are brutal at times but definitely manageable, I think having hiking poles would definitely have made it easier. It took us 3.5 hours to get to the top, going at a reasonable pace and making frequent stops to let our lungs adjust to the altitude. The views at the top are astounding, especially if you scramble up to one of the peaks to get the full panoramic view, but the first 3 miles of the hike itself isn't terribly exciting. You are surrounded by beautiful huge trees for most of it though, so it was peaceful, and when we began our hike around 8:30 AM we saw several elk right off the trail. All an all I would definitely recommend this hike if you're looking to summit a mountain but are an inexperienced hiker.

7 days ago

The trail itself is relatively easy. The high altitude is its greatest challenge for most. Beautiful scenery in all directions!

The entire elevation gain is the 3ish miles closest to the lake, where the incline hits you like a wall! We found ourselves scrambling quite a few times up and around rock walls. The lake is underwhelming, not sure if the final climb was really worth it. The weather was beautiful though, and friendly hikers and packers that we passed along the way.

Great hike. Decently steep towards the top before the lake but gem lake is beautiful. Went further to balanced rock which was an 8 mile round trip and had some good views along the way. Would hike again!!

The hike up isn’t the most interesting, but the view at the top is definitely one of the best in the park. The trail gets pretty steep at a bunch of points, and the altitude can really get you if you are not used to it, but if you can, hike Twin Sisters.

Part of the RMNP but start outside of park. Started at donut shop on the way to trail. Great donuts but made hiking a little tougher.

This hike is different than being in the RMNP, the rocks-boulder different shapes and sizes. Made for numerous little caves, which the 2 and 5 year old loved.

On the way up, get some good views of Estes park.

There is a actual toilet near the top. My 5 yr old loved this!!

Lake is very ok. Also leaches in the lake, so don't get all the way in. But plenty of exploring and climbing near the lake for the kids.

Did this hike with wife and kids (2 and 5). 5 yr old hiked off and on.

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8 days ago

Awesome hiking but not for the faint of heart. Be well acclimated before heading out on this beautiful hike.

Was a pretty good workout for this Nebraska boy, but enjoyed the views and the little rain shower. Recommend the hike overall!

Excellent hike! We did this on August 7, 2018.

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13 days ago

Did this hike on the afternoon of 8/1 after flying in to Denver in the morning. No altitude issues despite the lack of acclimatization. Much less crowded than the Bear Lake area; no difficulty in finding parking across from Lily Lake and up the road a bit, and only a few people on the trail. The hike itself is mostly fairly easy switchbacks through the woods. Lots of pikas and a few marmots after getting above the treeline. The views at the top weren't amazing because it had gotten pretty overcast by then, but the summit certainly had a nice view of Longs & the surrounding valleys and would probably have been marvelous earlier in the day. All in all, a good hike but not one of our favorites in RMNP.

14 days ago

8/5/18 - Lovely hike through the forest, up and down on the trail. Trail is well marked. Very nice babbling creek along about 1/2 of the trek; wild flowers are pretty much on/off along the entire trail. The waterfall is quiet nice. Great hike to do if you dont have a lot of time only 2.5 mile out/one way. Definitely will do this hike again.

is a hard trail, and the lake is not to awesome like the Snow Lake, is to long way!!

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15 days ago

Steep climb for a nice, but not spectacular, lake. I am glad I did it but do not need to do it again.

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16 days ago

Did this hike on Wednesday, 7/25. Parked at lower trailhead - across the street from Lily Lake - at 7am. It was me and one other car in lot but there were 5 cars parked at the upper trailhead. The Hike was great, a steady incline, and the summit was cool. Did a short rock scramble up both peaks. Only saw ~8 people on ascent but lots on way back down.

From GAIA GPS: 7.60 miles, 3:53 hours (13 minutes of stoppage time), and 2384' ascent.

Great views but it seems like every other time I do this hike I'm swarmed by bugs. they're only at the top- nowhere else!:-). if you like this hike you'd also like Old man Mountain near Estes Park. It's very short and very steep but a really fun rock scramble and has views almost as good as Lily Mountain.

This hike was pretty beautiful. The hike is all uphill until you get to the lake. The hike is Rocky and has lose rocks, so good grippy shoes would be ideal for the hike back. Hike has many many stairs but doable, many kids on this trail. At the lake there are Chipmunks that will crawl on you for food ❤. There are bathrooms at the trail head and a toilet way up in the mountain almost getting to the lake. No parking fee.

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