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Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) in north-central Colorado contains some of the most popular hiking trails in North America. Situated between the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake, the park hosts 76 mountains over 10 thousand feet high within its 412 square miles. The national park service runs five visitor centers with the headquarters at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center— just off highway 36 in Estes Park. In addition to amazing hikes, the park has some great scenic drives, including Trail Ridge Road, which takes visitors along the continental divide on the highest paved road in the country, and Old Fall River Road, a challenging dirt road that takes you to the Alpine Visitor Center at Fall River Pass - the highest national park visitor center in the United States at almost 11,800 ft. The park has four distinct ecosystems: montane, subalpine, alpine tundra, and riparian where lucky visitors can see wildlife such as mule deer, bighorn sheep and cougars. The high country of the park features many crystal clear alpine lakes, fantastic summits, and stunning views. The Estes Park Shuttle provides service from Denver International Airport to downtown Estes Park, and many shuttles run between the various trailheads, the Moraine Park Visitor Center and even the Glacier Basin Campgrounds. Many visitors use Bear Lake or Glacier Gorge as their starting point into the park.

2 hours ago

We were able to park in the trailhead parking even though it said it was full. Several people on the trail. It is a National Park though. Definitely a hike to try and get in during the morning! Moderate trail. Fantastic views! The waterfalls between the three lakes are beautiful! Take your time to enjoy all the sights and sounds!

3 hours ago

Hiked 6/21.Awesome trail. Got blessed with perfect weather. Agree w others - get there early. Arrived at 820a, and took the last parking spot. The turn off from hwy7 to the park entrance is bit tricky (immediately past the RMNP sign)

If you like trails with creeks and waterfalls, this trail is one of the best...When you get to the fall (just before the bridge) go up 20-30yards to the left for a close up spectacular view. Continued up to the lake which is another couple miles from the fall. Definitely less crowded... wildflowers and the views are awesome. Just be aware, no tree cover for the last 1.5miles to the lake - take plenty of sunscreen.
There were plenty of young children hiking to the fall, however I would not recommend young children to continue past the fall (no shade and elevation).

4 hours ago

Hiked on 6/20. Beautiful trail. Went up to Emerald lake first. If you do Emerald lake, take the extra time to do this trail, it’s worth it - I liked this lake better than Emerald. The views all the way up are spectacular, and less crowded than Emerald. started at 6am, by the time I finished (around 9), parking lot was full. Get there early.

Alright hike nothing special
Views are ok from top

Great views early on and at summit. Continued down the backside of the mountain to the visitors center and only saw two people (vs 3 dozen on way up from deer mountain trailhead).

Easy, nice flat walk with our baby and grandparents.

Relatively easy hike with fantastic views.

7 hours ago

Real pretty trail. Lots of wildflowers (6/21).

Did this hike yesterday and it was incredible! Beautiful scenery all the way around. Went all the way to Black Lake starting from the Glacier Gorge trailhead. I was surprised at how remote the hike was despite having such ease of access to the trail. I think it's because most people go to Dream and Emerald Lake (both great too). Saw many turn around after hitting Mills. Keep going! The last mile has the best scenery for sure. Highly recommend

The number one issue I had with the trail was that it was labeled a 5.6 here and 6.0 total. I truly think that it was longer. But so worth it for the early views. The final views are gorgeous but ones you can see on easier trails.

19 hours ago

6/21/18 - Well this hike is all about the journey! Trail is well marked. You hike along beautiful forest for about 2.75 miles. Then you start to get above tree line. The views along the trek to flattop are just stunning. Take time to stop and look around; enjoy this journey. Lots of flowers at this time; no real snow to mention. Once you reach the destination expect strong winds. At the top you have a 360 degree outstanding views.

Great easy to moderate hike, the crowds did not bother us at all....it really thins out as you pass dream lake. Bring a long sleeve shirt, cold steady breeze up at emerald lake

22 hours ago

Great trail! Beautiful views, lots of water, streams, fast river and several lakes. Dream Lake is gorgeous! Worth the effort. Starts at 9500’ and climbs to 10,000...not a lot of oxygen so can be slow-going. It is a moderate, not easy, hike.

Lots of fun start early to beat the crowds

Great hike waterfall was fun great views all around
One of the best hikes in RMNP this was my 38th hike
In the Park well worth it

1 day ago

Beautiful views, wildflowers, and often lots of wildlife (elk, moose, bears). Love this hike every time. Difficulty: easy.

Amazing trail! Overlooks The Loch Vale and down across the valley of mountains. The only part that became challenging was about a mile after the Loch. The incline was fair, but the waterfall climb was interesting! All in all, amazing hike. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

Hiked 6/20/2018. Beautiful vistas past the tree line and switch backs. Definitely challenging for inexperienced hikers, but very doable. Many marmots and pikas. Amazing views of Dream Lake, Emerald Lake, Odessa Lake, Lake Helene, and Two Rivers Lake. Also cool views of Longs Peak. Definitely worth the effort!

1 day ago

Was beautiful and there were a good amount people. I got there around 8:45 and had to walk a mile and a half to the trail head. Heads up that there is a $25 parking fee for the day. Great hike for seeing awesome waterfalls.

Beautiful falls and fun rock climbing. Easy hike, more scrambling than hiking, although the first section is more like a gravel driveway and doable for everyone. East parking lot has better view of the falls without the climb.

It's a stroll not a hike. but it is absolutely beautiful. We went late around 4 or 5 pm and there were very few people, so it was a serene and wonderful end to the day. If it was very crowded, I don't think I would have enjoyed it.

Hiked this on 6/18, what a great route! I would say this is an easy to moderate trail most of the way. I ran a lot of it, if not in shape maybe more of a moderate. The last mile or so at the top gets more difficult due to the scrambles, it is not as intimidating as it may look but be prepared to get your feet a little wet. I went around 11am and had to do the park and ride which really slowed me down but there was no parking at the top. There are still some patches of snow but nothing too rough to handle, I walked over the patches in my trail runners and made it just fine. The day as a whole was only around 70 degrees so it was a little chilly at the Sky Pond. This took me just over three hours but again I ran a lot of it. Enjoy!

1 day ago

Great hike, consider making a loop past the falls to Dream Lake total 6-7 miles but worth the views and still easy.

1 day ago

Nice, easy hike with some nice views. Not too many people when you get there early.

1 day ago

This hike is the reason I moved to Colorado five years ago. I’ve summited in March, Summer and October. Hike it for views or for time. Just do it.

1 day ago

Decent hike, you could trail run it. The views were great of Estes. The lake at the top was pretty, the squirrels were intense , they come right up to you expecting food as other hikers must have given them. I would rate it as moderate if you’re trail running, easy if you’re walking if you’re in shape. If you’re not in shape, then it will be more difficult.

1 day ago

Amazing views

Beautiful from start to finish. A taste of everything. Waterfall, wildflowers, Mountain View’s, and rushing water along the way!

2 days ago

Beautiful and easy hike. Left trailhead at 09:30. Plenty of people out there today. Saw both male and female moose just on the other side of the river.

Great trail. We did the Alberta Fall Trail and cut over to Bear Lake. Our 3 and 5 years old loved it.

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