Explore the most popular birding trails in Elk Meadow Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
14 days ago

This is Colorado trail running at its finest for me, in the mountains but not steep, a place where 4 miles feels like you barely started.

Bergen Peak has a beautiful view. This trail didn't have many scenic views and I hardly saw any fall colors but all in all it was still a nice trail and definitely a good workout. Also, a great place for trail running.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail that’s not too difficult and well maintained. Nice short little hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike but probably not hard as it’s a steady climb. Good views on the way up and at the top especially as the clouds had rolled it giving you on top of the world feeling.
Nice to lose the traffic noise once on the far side.
Would definitely do again.

This is a well-maintained, nice trail that’s easily accessible from Denver. It’s currently starting to transition into fall colors. We went on a Saturday morning and were pleasantly surprised by how few people we saw, especially on the non-Bergen Peak Trail side of the loop. As others have said, the listing underestimated the length - my AllTrails app clocked us at 10.8 miles round trip from the parking lot.

3:02 with a minor mix of trail running. It's more moderate.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Perfect trail for those who are newer to mountain biking. Some technical terrain but more of confidence builders than anything. New favorite trail!!

Hiking up to the peak is beautiful, but the sawtooth from south trailhead to the peak has a lot of direct sunshine and it can get very hot. The trade off is a magnificent westward view.

Great views and great uphill run !

We went up on a Sunday at 10am, we were lucky to find a parking spot, but it wasn’t overly crowded as I had expected arriving late. The entire hike took us 5 hours, but that was with stopping here and there, and a break at the top. I would rate this trial as moderate. The trail is well maintained, easy to follow, and the views at the top are beautiful! Watch out for mountain bikes, and you can hear some traffic, but for such a short drive I found it easy to ignore. Great hike!

3 months ago

Good area to hike with several different trail options. Good variety with forested areas and meadow areas with good views.

Its a beautiful walk thru the woods and very peaceful. Once you marry up with the Noble Meadow trail though, you will need to watch out for mountain bikers. The vista is beautiful but can be easy to miss the turn off for - just watch for bikers coming down the trail!

Beautiful and challenging trail!

Great for so close to the city

Hiked this morning and it was pretty good! Restrooms at the beginning of the trailhead were clean and the trail was not very crowded which was nice! There are a good amount of bikes but everyone was super nice. As far as seeing wildlife we saw one mouse (lol) and some deer on our last three miles out. The trail is very well maintained and definitely a Moderate degree of difficulty. I highly recommend you have a GPS map of the trail as it was a little confusing on how to get back to the parking lot.

Gorgeous trail and extremely well maintained. The views throughout the hike make every step worthwhile. In my opinion, there isn't much of a point to do the loop without heading to the summit. It's only an additional two miles, out and back, and isn't very steep at all. The view at the peak is one of the best around, so make sure you pack a bit more water and a snack for the peak before you head back down. People complain about the mountain bikers, which is absolutely redundant as the trail is meant to be shared for hikers, bikers, and runners alike. The complaint about the highway noise also falls under the same redundant category. Hardly an issue and definitely not a reason to second guess this trail. Awesome workout, awesome views, and a consistent grade all the way up with plenty of level areas to catch your breath. Just get out and do it.

trail running
5 months ago

Busy day on the trail. Beautiful scenery however. Run the trail clockwise from the lot if you want a ton of vert right away. It’s about 600ft gain. Run it counterclockwise if you want a slow steady incline most of the way. There was a massive amount of mountain bikers when I was there with very little trail etiquette. I imagine this place is peaceful in the early morning hours and during the week.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a great hike both in beauty and a workout. I went today and RT was 2 hour 57 min of movement. (I don't count the lunch/time spent at the summit.) Wildflowers are stunning right now and around the many switchbacks you'll find spectaculars view of the mountains! This is one of my favorite hikes! I would not rate this as 'easy' however, more like 'moderate' depending on where you are on the trail. Like and easier black diamond on the slopes is how I describe it. It climbs about 2000' in elevation to around 9700 at the top so if altitude bothers you on a 14'er this is a good one to do. Part shade and sun. Meadow View portion (1 mi starting from Stagecoach TH) is easy. Once you take a left onto Bergen Peak Trail (2.7 mi) is begins to climb at a steady pace. No steps and some flatter sections but it gets the heart rate up. Then left another mile up to the summit is a climb as well. Not outrageous but not 'easy' in my opinion. Worth every grunt and groan though! Views of Bergen Peak, Mount Evans and Pikes Peak. Check it out! Love it.

hiking
5 months ago

Fairly exposed for the first 2 miles, so you’ll want to get an early start because it can get HOT. Some great little vistas scattered along the route which make for excellent snack/water stops. Trail is simple and well-maintained, very minimal stair-stepping and fairly low grade so I’d call this an easy trail but with the length consideration you should estimate it as moderately challenging. Reminds me of Evergreen Peak trail but quite a bit longer.

hiking
5 months ago

We went on a Wednesday and started hiking around noon. Plenty of parking and very few people on the trail. The meadow at the beginning was probably the best part. My phone logged 10.5 miles going to the top and back.

Easy trail with good views

be sure to look at other reviews for the same Trail, but listed as "hard". I would say this is somewhere between moderate and hard, and I'm not in the best of shape. I'm a bit older and still getting used to the altitude, so it took me 3 hours up in 2 hours down, and I was definitely ready to lay flat by the time I was done. Great views and well worth it, I would do it again

on Bergen Peak Trail

5 months ago

I think this is somewhere between moderate and hard. I'm not in great shape and still adjusting to the altitude. I had to stop several times to catch my breath and let my legs rest. for Young Folks who are active in the mountains, moderate is probably accurate. For older folks who may not get out quite as much it may border on hard

This is a great trail. I went on a Saturday 5/12/18 and got there at 9am it wasn't too busy and only crossed paths with people a few times.
The trail was nice and I look forward to running it next time. It offers amazing views at multiple points, and the meadow was amazing to look at while finishing the hike.
Also passed people walking donkey's which was a bonus.

Great hike. Wouldn’t consider it hard...more moderate. Started at Stagecoach...start to finish time was about 5.5 hrs, but we took our time eating lunch and taking pics at the top.

hiking
6 months ago

Did a quick little out-and-back trail on the Meadow trail because I didn't feel like I would have time to summit Bergen Peak. Very serene walk through the trees. Lots of mountain bikers but most of them were very polite and communicative (plus, I never have a problem ducking out of the way for people), one of them even told me to have a great hike. Looking forward to coming back and summiting.

hiking
6 months ago

Decent hike on a nice sunny day. Nice and easy, minimal incline. Last mile or so of the hike is along the highway so does get noise pollution. Looks like a great mountain bike trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this today, 5/13. Nice trail, surprisingly dry. No views, due to mist.

Beautiful bike or hiking trail! Elk herds can be seen if you’re lucky!

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