Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Rocky Mountain National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
13 hours ago

Went to take the trail and it was still closed. Sad because I was really looking forward to this trail. Guess it’s only open from July to September.

Tried to reach the top yesterday (May 23, 2018), got to about 2.2 miles on the alltrails map and couldn't make it past the snow pack, kept falling through snow and the trail goes missing under snow for portions. Lots of melting snow up there now so the trail should be visible all the way in a few weeks if the sunny days keep up. Great views from where i got stopped (about 10,500 ft)

Love this hike for the 360 degree view at the top. We did it Day 1 after coming from little altitude. It was tough - would’ve like to acclimate more beforehand. Definitely worth it though.

hiking
3 days ago

Fun hike with a rewarding view at the top

Trail had outstanding views, there were only a few other people on the trail today. Be sure to check for ticks, i didnt have on any repellent, but i had on long pants tucked inside boots and long sleeve shirt and when i got back to the cabin i had a tick on my neck.

Attempted this loop 5/19. Saw 7 moose and signs of bears. Went counterclockwise with the intent of camping near Bowen lake. Made it to Bowen lake trail junction and decided not to continue due to waist deep snow. Will be back later in the summer.

We set out early on 05/19/2018. Parked at trailhead off road N 40 19.153. W 105 32.478. Very grey overcast day, trail a bit hard to follow at first for a couple of newbies, but made the trek with no problems. The fun was within 75 feet of the top, A bit of creative rock climbing involved, but we made the top even with inadequate footwear! Totally in the clouds today with no view but had the top to ourselves, with the exception of a couple of ground squirrels, for 40 minutes. Saw maybe a dozen hikers on the trail. Got back to vehicle just before a bit of rain.
Left with a sense of accomplishment !!!
(For most of the trek we had cell coverage unlike most of the trails in RMNP proper.)

A beautiful and moderately challenging hike. Not the hardest in Estes, but well worth the view at the top.

Tough. But stunning once you are on the rocks.

Read the reviews - they give great directions for following the tail.

hiking
15 days ago

This is truly a hidden gem that has a great view at the top!

The View-
Along the first half of the trail you can spur off onto some outcroppings and get a nice view of highway 7 and the southern portion of Estes. At the top you can see for miles! Clear line of sight of Longs Peak and a full 360 view of other mountains in the area.

The Trail-
Dogs allowed on leash. No snow the entire way and it took about an hour one way. The trail isn’t very well maintained has large rocks and roots sticking out along the trail, so watch out! There’s a few times along the trail where it was hard to tell if you’re on the right path, so have a map or GPS. Towards the top you’ll need to climb over large boulders and it can be a little technical for some. There’s not a whole lot of room for big crowds at the top but the view is great!

Parking-
There’s not a whole lot of parking available, it’s whatever you can find along the side of the road. If it’s packed you can find more parking downhill (north) from the trail head along the highway. During the warmer months there’s a lot of traffic along the road so be careful!

Hiked 5/11 excellent hike! Pretty challenging, but worth it. The end involves finding your own way up through some pretty steep rocks so be prepared. No snow on the trail and dry. The view is amazing, full 360 if RMNP one of the best views I’ve had short of 14er’s

Hiked yesterday. The trails had patches of snow at the top. The views were amazing. Dog enjoyed the hike.

For first time visitors: departing from Estes, if you hit Lily Lake you have gone too far. The entrance is not clearly marked but is on the west side of the highway.


I wish there was a way to remove the graffiti near the creek.

Overall, a good hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked yesterday. Packed snow and ice along the trail, but was able to do it in just hiking boots. Trail is pretty poorly marked so you definitely have to pay attention. Some scrambling toward the end of the trail. Views at the top are GORGEOUS!

It's certainly pretty, but this has to be one of the worst marked Trails I've ever seen. I got lost multiple times. I don't even know if I ever made it to the job. Very frustrating.

Fun hike with my son! Need spikes when coming down towards the top because it is slushy and snow packed in areas.

3/24/18
Trailhead parking is on the road. The trail gets hard to find a out .8 miles in. Nice overall hike, a few spots on the way up would have been nice to have micro spikes. By 10am the snow was starting to melt and it created some challenges coming down without solid footing.

hiking
1 month ago

really nice view

hiking
2 months ago

(3/26) Good hike. Excellent views from the summit. The trail gets a bit lost near the top, but if you look for the carins you can find your way. Traction not necessary but could be helpful as some spots are slick. We made it up without too much trouble in hiking shoes/tennis shoes. Very do-able for the whole family (ages 10 and up). My Garmin clocked this at a bit over 4 miles out and back from trail head.

3-25-18 Nice cool down hike for the afternoon. Road closed so a bit confusing but you can get in there and either go clockwise or counterclockwise. From the road closure more like a 3+ easy hike. Nice family hike for the young and old alike.

3-25-18 Little Gem outside the park. Suggest an early start as there isn’t much parking along the road, trailhead just before Lilly Lake TH.
Nice rolling climb, scramble last 200 ft or so. Bring traction, parts in shade still covered with snow, makes it a more enjoyable trek.

hiking
2 months ago

NEED microspikes to scramble too top but worth it for 360 mountain views. Also, Garmin pedometer clocked at 5.5 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked 3/12/2018. Spikes were not needed, but would have been nice leading up to and during the scramble. The dog and I made it up fine.

off road driving
3 months ago

Was able to experience every season on the drive up. Beautiful scenery. Easy drive

hiking
3 months ago

A bit hard to follow after you leave the main trail, but the views are amazing and I didn’t see a single other person the entire hike.

Loved this trail! Steep at times for a challenge, but quick enough for a half day trip. Views at the top of short scramble were incredible. Off the beaten path and super quiet (not much parking at the trailhead, plan accordingly). Snowpack was melting so it made the trip out a little slippery, but doable in just boots.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic trail with incredible views all the way to the top. Covered in snow on 2/4, but was fine in boots, didn't even use spikes. My 10 year old daughter made it to the summit, so can you. Worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views for such a short hike. A couple inches of snow made trail finding tricky at times but didn’t need spikes. Incredibly windy at the top.

Dog friendly, not actually in the national park. Have to walk down 7 to get to the trailhead. Parking at Lily Lake. Lily Lake not dog friendly as it is in national park.

Nice, easy hike. The views were incredible. Kind of got lost though... roads were closed and we started off to the left of the closed road. Checking in with the map attached periodically, I think we were off track. But still nice little hike :) we headed over to Gem Lake after this, in case you need something else to do!!

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