Explore the most popular Hiking 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.

Gorgeous views! Amazing hike :-) I only wish there were more than 10 or so parking spots. We had to be dropped off since there weren’t any parking spots anywhere nearby either.

Did this today. Was an awesome hike. Parked at the trailhead at 6.45am still plenty of spaces left. Few people on the route but not many. Weather was excellent. Once we got onto the trail for Lake Haiyaha the people disappeared. This was the hardest part for me as we don't have hikes of this altitude in the UK. Still even after a week in Colorado it got me puffing! Totally worth it though this the best lake. Surrounded by boulders so decent shoes needed but wow! When we got there there was only 5 other people so very peaceful. Did the full loop but unfortunately by the time we got to the falls it was mobbed with people doing short hikes in the other direction. Also the last half mile to bear Lake was a killer at the end. I'm late 40s overweight and did this with my 21 Yr old son. I made it and found it hard he thought it was amazing but moderate. Started at 7.15am and back by 12.15pm with plenty of stops for photos. Clocked it at 9 miles not as stated above. Enjoy.

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14 hours ago

Get there early-to avoid some of the crowds-as this hike is very popular but for good reason. This hike was gorgeous from start to finish and of the prettiest hikes I’ve done in Colorado. It’s pretty windy at Emerald lake so hang onto your hat-literally.

Absolutely beautiful. Just when you think you’re used to how gorgeous the park is, you round another bend that takes your breath away. Some areas were difficult, but most were moderate to easy. I’ll admit though, as someone from the East Coast, I could definitely feel the elevation, so I had to take my time. But it was 100% worth it.

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15 hours ago

Huffers Hill was amazing and challenging even though it was short and sweet. You def. feel that altitude!

Very nice trail with some nice views. Not the most spectacular views in RMNP but it is still a great trail to hike.

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19 hours ago

It is a very nice hike. Good for all skill levels. Fantastic very.

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19 hours ago

Worth the epic views. Pictures don't do justice.

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no shade
19 hours ago

Great level trail without much elevation gain. Pretty exposed to sun during mid day. Falls were pretty and very refreshing.

This trail was amazing, I got some fantastic pictures! Ended up doing the out and back from bear lake to Fern lake, took about 5.5 hours round trip. I arrived at the bear lake trailhead at 6am on a Saturday, there was plenty of parking and didn't see any other people once I left the trailhead until I turned around to come back. This trail is very rocky though, please wear ankle support.

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rocky
scramble
21 hours ago

Completed this hike on 08/17/2019. First one to get to trailhead at 5 AM. Took 1 hour 40 minutes to the top and 1 hour 10 minutes back to trailhead. Great views of Longs peak and Estes Park.

One of my favorite hikes! Got to the park around 6am. Park at Prospect canyon and walk up- it’s about .3 to the trailhead. Alberta falls was beautiful as was the Loch. Starts getting more rocky and inclines from there! Starting at the trailhead, It’s about 5 miles to sky pond but totally worth it!! Once you get to the waterfall just before lake of glass, go up the rocks; some non-experienced hikers may have trouble with this but if you have enough energy, the two lakes are worth it!! As you get to Lake of glass, go up the boulder side on the right, & the path will become more visible as you continue on. Bring a jacket or windbreaker and wear non slick or waterproof shoes for both lakes! Gets quite windy and a little chilly, especially in the morning hours. Started at 6:30am and we got back around 11:30am. Just stunning all around with so many areas for photos! Can’t wait to do it again!!

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rocky
22 hours ago

My fiancé and I hiked flattop mountain yesterday- we started at 8am and got back to bear lake trailhead around 1:15pm. Bring lots of layers for the hike! It’s a steady incline all the way up and gets colder and windier as you go. Getting to Hallett Peak looks pretty intimidating and takes an extra 20-30 minutes of scrambling through the rocks to get to the peak but 100% worth it! With going the long way around bear lake at the start it ended up being a little less than 11 miles.

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1 day ago

I hiked this trail with my family in Aug. 2019. The parking was a little crowded. Great views and pictures to be taken. It was a moderately easy hike. I did it with my 7 and 12 year old kids and my wife. Everyone enjoyed it very much.

BEAUTIFUL!!! It’s a walking trail, kinda rocky but easy. Probably about 3 miles to get to Loch Lake. The views all the way up are stunning. We kept on going up to Sky Pond which I 100% recommend. Super easy and waterfall up to sky pond was a lot easier than I thought to climb. Do park & ride and get there no later than 8am. Shuttles fit a lot of people and come fast. Shuttle up to Bear Lake to start (downhill walk rather than uphill if you start at Glacier Gorge). Follow signs to Alberta Falls, then you’ll start seeing Loch Lake signs. When you come back, follow signs to Glacier Gorge and catch the shuttle there. This is a walk downhill rather than uphill to bear lake. Same distance. Bring water, snacks, bug spray and a rain coat!! Weather looked amazing but we ended up in a hail storm (which was actually very fun and hilarious).

WOW!!! Absolutely stunning. Do this hike!!!! There’s pretty much a walking trail the entire way, kinda rocky at some spots but easy. You pass Loch Lake which was beautiful. Do the Park & Ride. It’s easy and shuttles come fast. Get there by 8am. Start at Bear Lake (it’s a walk downhill rather than up) and follow signs to Alberta Falls to start. Then you’ll see signs to Loch Lake & Sky Pond. When you come back, follow signs to Glacier Gorge to shuttle. It’s a walk downhill rather than uphill to bear lake. Same distance. This was our first real hike and a lot easier than I expected since it’s rated hard. It’s about 5 miles to Sky Pond, but don’t let that intimidate you. I was worried about the waterfall, but it’s actually pretty easy and was SO fun! Bring snacks and water and bring a rain coat!! Weather looked great, ended up getting caught in a hail storm (which was fun and hilarious). Took about 5.5 hours total. We stopped a lot for pictures and snacks/breaks.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
1 day ago

The scenery is so beautiful on this trail, but I did not like the actual trail very much. I don’t know if it was because we were exhausted from yesterday’s hike up to Timber Lake, but this trail sure had some challenges! The beginning is very exposed and it was hot today, so be prepared to be out in whatever weather there is. It turns into a pretty, wooded trail by the river that’s partially exposed, but has shaded spots throughout. The trail to the lake is obviously uphill, but what I didn’t like was that at least half was loose rocks and lots of roots - lots to trip on and challenging terrain. Lots of steps, either large rocks or wood logs to climb up, so make sure your legs are prepared to climb up things up the trail. I tripped over a rock about a half mile from the lake & fell on both knees. Luckily I was wearing pants so the damage was minimal. Really watch where you’re going. There were a lot of bugs - mosquitoes, bees, flies, locusts/grasshoppers and butterflies. Bug spray seemed to help, but they still got in my face. The lake is beautiful and there’s several spots to get right up to the lake and many places to sit. We didn’t see a lot of wildlife, but there were 2 friendly ducks that came within a few feet of us. There were maybe a dozen people around the lake when we were there, so it’s pretty peaceful. I enjoyed it. We started on the trail around the lake going to the left, but there’s so many trails leading to the lake, it’s a little confusing where to go. We just looked for the trail markers & horse poop to find the trail. we didn’t go the full loop before deciding to turn back. The scenery is fantastic on this trail, but we will probably not do it again. There’s several other trails to Bierstadt Lake, so if we need to go back, we’ll most likely take another trail.

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1 day ago

While for some it could be a beautiful hike, this was not a hike meant for me. It features steep drop-offs, 4-4.5 constant hours worth of 30+ mph wind, and a 1.5 mile long unmarked rock scramble. The trail has spectacular views and the summit offers a panoramic view that is second to none but neither my father and I could enjoy it with the conditions. There were ptarmigan, pika, and marmot along the way which offered a glimpse of happiness in the face of blistering wind. If you can tolerate the wind and heights, then I would have no problem recommending this hike, but it was not for me. The length of the hike is enough to feel accomplished by the end, but not too long to where you lose functionality. It wasn’t technically difficult either, the rock scramble is easy to get lost at, but just keep your head up and you’ll make your own route that’ll work just fine. I wish I could rate this as highly as everyone else, but this is based off of my experience.

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blowdown
washed out
1 day ago

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1 day ago

I did this hike 40 years ago. Still the most memorable hike of my life. Lawn lake, Mummy mountain, and an unexpected, incredible view of the range from the saddle. It is spectacular. A 13,502 ft peak. The only disappointment was someone left a Coke can on the mountain top. Packed it out. Deer at lawn lake on way up, small wildlife, marmots on way down. Small patches of snow, but beautiful weather and clear in early September. A bit of acclimation between 10,000 - 11,000 feet, but cleared up. Boulder hopping up to summit from the saddle. Incredible flowers and unmatched views. Beautiful. And hard hike. Spent the night at Lawn lake.

Good hike! We saw wild turkey, marmut, and chipmunks along the meadow as we started. You go by Cub Lake and Fern Lake, both nice, but Odessa- wow!

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rocky
1 day ago

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1 day ago

Saturday, Aug 18– temperatures were showing to be a high of 75 and low of 50 in Estes Park area. Approx time hiked: 10-1530 including leisure time at the lake and a start toward the next lakes. Fairly easy uphill gain with a few spots that would rate as moderate+ depending on your level of acclimation. We passed only a few small groups for this trip and it had a well maintained trail which was easy to follow without signs. It had tree cover for 95%. Once past Ypsilon Lake you pass through some taller grasses, waist high shrubs, and some prickly plants over a thinner trail (so possible scratches). The weather rolled in and when we got to a section that was mostly big rocks to climb so we decided to head back to avoid slipping and any stray lightning. Overall an enjoyable, low traffic hike! I look forward to goin again and getting to the next lakes!

I would highly recommend this trail, it is well marked with lots of wildlife along the way. It’s a good idea to leave early to make sure you get a park and up to the top of the mountain before the afternoon storms start. We did the whole walk in 1 day which took 12hrs including a few stops, was a 31 mile round trip and worth every bit. I would highly recommend.

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