A great training hike to get acclimated on in prep for the higher and longer trails.

hiking
11 days ago

I’ve been hiking the Estes area for 20 years. Don’t know how I missed this little gem of a hike! Kruger rock tops the ridge that forms the eastern wall of the Estes park. So, it affords a tremendous vista down to the valley and to all the peaks of RMNP to the west. It’s 2 miles up with easy footing on well-maintained trail. Starting through sloping, sparsely wooded meadows the trail crests the ridge and turns upward about halfway. The trail opens periodically to some vistas. There are a few short pitches that may demand a moderate push but no real difficulty. The rock formation at the top is a short scramble up but worth doing with care. From there you get the big payoff for such a short hike.

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail, beautiful view at the top, not very crowded the day we went.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice trail, partly shaded and not a lot of traffic on a Tuesday morning. Climb all the way to the top the views are so worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

We loved this trail. Although it is only 2 miles up and 2 miles back, we found parts of it challenging. You begin right away with a moderate climb. The last 100 yards it is fairly strenuous—especially to a novice hiker. However, it was well worth the effort. There are beautiful views as you make your way along the trail. At the top you have an amazing 360 degree panoramic view of RMNP Estes Park and points east. I would highly recommend this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hiking trail with a few steep pitches thrown in to keep your heart rate up. Awesome views of the Estes Valley, Prospect Mtn., Twin Sisters, and Long’s peaks, as well as the continental divide.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun family trail. Not too challenging, with moderate traffic on a Saturday. Beautiful flowers along the way.

Great hike. We started at 8 am on a Saturday and only encountered a few hikers until our descent a couple of hours later. Beautiful wild flowers and amazing views.

Pretty crowded - maybe better as a fall or early spring for more snow capped mtn views. Good trail though overall!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and well maintained trial with many amazing views and wildflowers along the way. The last short stretch up and between rocks was challenging for my pup. He’s just over 20 lbs so I was able to lift him over steep rocks. The view at the top is 360 degrees of beauty.
It cost $6 to get into the area.

Great 360 view from the summit...

hiking
2 months ago

5/27/18: Begins in a meadow with multiple varieties of wildflowers blooming, winds through a small aspen grove, then into the forest with a moderate incline, and a very short scramble to the summit. A few gorgeous rest spots on the way with views of Estes Park. The summit was large enough for a few groups of hikers to be there and not feel crowded, and the summit view is amazing--the entire eastern border of RMNP. Good hike for kids as it's short and not unreasonably challenging (incline steps aren't too steep). Well marked. May be moderate + for visitors from lower altitude, and easy + for local regular hikers. Moderate traffic for Memorial Day weekend.

hiking
2 months ago

5/21/18 Well marked trail. Nice views off and on, spring wild flowers, and nice rock formations. Last 1/10 of a mile you will rock scramble up to the top. Amazing 360 views. Lots to see given a short 2 mile hike up.

5/10/18 Start: 12:45PM Great views of Estes Park from the top! Worth such a short trek. We ran about half up and ran all the way down- great workout! Enjoy.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful scenery, nicely maintained trail with excellent views. We could see Estes Park from the west end of the trail and it was lovely. Conveniently located and they allow dogs!

hiking
3 months ago

The views are incredible, especially after the little rock scramble. I started hiking around 10:00 a.m. yesterday (Saturday, May 5) and was a bit surprised at how few people were there. I had about 20 minutes at the top all to myself and left before anyone else was anywhere near the top. Most of the snow from the storm earlier this week had melted, but there were a couple patches here and there that got a bit slick as the temperature rose during the day. I'd imagine most, if not all, will be gone after this weekend.

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes! Not crowded on a Saturday, and beautiful rewarding views at the top! Hike is pretty easy overall, but some steeper parts that get your heart rate up and make it a good workout.

hiking
4 months ago

My wife and I just moved to Colorado and are trying to embrace the outdoor culture. We weren't huge hikers back on the East coast. However I have loved every hike I have taken in Colorado because of the grandeur of the mountains. Kruger Rock was no exception! What a fantastic hike with amazing views! It wasn't too difficult but was challenging enough to give us a workout. The only downside was the icy and slushy areas at this time of year that made one a little hesitant on certain parts. However we made it and it was well worth it. My wife didn't do the rock scramble at the end bc she was too tired but I did and I'm glad I did! Our dog loved it and loved all the smells! I would do it again but maybe once the snow is so gone. Do it!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike to do with my 10yr old son. Great views of Estes Park!

hiking
4 months ago

Lovely, easy hike 3/31/18. No need for snow spikes; slushy and icy just a bit. Nice opens views throughout the hike. Beautiful views at the top.

hiking
4 months ago

Some snowy patches but very few, was a beautiful view, was difficult at times!!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked 3/15/18: There was some snow in very small patches, no need for microspikes or crampons. Such beautiful views. Easier than moderate. I hope to return in spring /summer.

hiking
7 months ago

Some switchback climbing but overall easy to moderate. Complete in ~ 2 hours. Some short icy spots but easily done without traction. Windy and cold at the summit, but amazing 360 degree views!

hiking
8 months ago

A short hike but absolutely fantastic views from the top. It's worth the little rock scramble at the end to reach the very peak.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views from the top. Fair amount of snow on the shaded parts of the trail today. A little slippery coming down.

hiking
9 months ago

Started around 11 and only saw two other people. Great view at the top, snow was beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

Many lookout points along this trail providing amazing views of Estes. The final peak allows for a 360 degree lookout which is well worth the hike to the top.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views of Estes Park. Dogs must be leashed. Lots of rocks on the trail. Great early morning birding. Beautiful fall foliage.

hiking
11 months ago

On our last attempt, we were about 15 minutes from the top and the August thunderstorms rolled through, so we were thwarted. My daughter and I persevered and came back again to tackle Kruger Rock. And it was a blast. This trail has a deceptive start in a lovely mountain meadow, but gets very steep and very rocky. Not ideal for the number of little kiddos we see starting it. Very dog-friendly, our pal Sisko had a blast smelling every stump and whimpering at every mini-bear in the area. A wonderful journey that is on par with RMNP, without the ridiculous crowds of RMNP. Just make sure to stop in Estes for fudge and $2 mini-golf.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Beautiful views! While there are trees, there's not a lot of shade, so in the summer take plenty of water (especially for dogs).

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