hiking

views

wildlife

wild flowers

walking

forest

nature trips

birding

no dogs

lake

river

horseback riding

waterfall

kid friendly

trail running

snowshoeing

camping

fishing

backpacking

fly fishing

wheelchair friendly

cross country skiing

dogs on leash

This section of the Rocky Mountains has ecosystems varying in elevation from the over 150 riparian lakes to Montane and subalpine forests to the alpine tundra. Large wildlife including mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bears, and cougars inhabit these igneous mountains and glacier valleys. The fourteener Longs Peak and Bear Lake are popular destinations.

The trail is lovely, but many people weren't respecting the park signs and rules (common sense really). Lots of groups with kids running off trails into protected tundra. I picked up litter that was left behind. Adults also wandering where they shouldn't be. I spoke up and hope you do too if you see this behavior. I love RMNP and we should be able to see it without Coca-Cola cans & Smart Water bottles!

I really enjoyed this trail but it was much more challenging than I expected! I would mark the difficulty as hard! You go up 1400 and then down 1400 on the other side before you reach the river. We only saw a handful of people on the trail, which appears to be much less traveled than others in RMNP. Limited parking but it was easy to get a spot at 8am.

Be prepared for a lot of stairs! There are many great views above Estes Park along this trail and the little lake is incredibly beautiful. If you go early around 7am, you shouldn't have trouble with parking. The sign said parking full on the way in but was 70% empty when we arrived.

backpacking
1 day ago

Fairly easy if you are half way in shape. It is an uphill climb. Spent the night at the Upper Mill Creek site then visited Bierstadt lake before hiking out.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
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hiking
1 day ago

easy climb, very crowded trail. The falls are beautiful to sit next to and you can get quite close to the waters edge. The rolling and crashing sounds of the water are relaxing to listen and watch.

had a beautiful day to hike. very crowded trail... lots and lots of chipmunks crossing the trail-- not much other wild life to be seen. When we got to Emerald lake, a Park Ranger was there and pointed out 2 climbers ascending Halletts's Peak, they were about 1/3 of the way up. It was nice to sit there by the lake and watch them... with the occasional chipmunk running across the rocks. Those little ones were everywhere!!

on Mount Ida Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Got to the trailhead at 730, got back down at 130. Nearly missed a thunderstorm that rolled in around 1. Awesome hike!!!!