Explore the most popular Horseback Riding 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.

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rocky
5 hours ago

Myself and my 11 y/o son hiked this trail today. The “Hard” rating is right on. The out leg is all up hill and rocky and steep for most of the way. For us the first set of switchbacks were the hardest part. We took lots of breaks drank lots of water, making it up in 3.5 hours, spent about an hour up top and it took a little over an hour to get down. Amazing views all the way up and even better at the top, we’re both glad we persisted and got to experience the summit.

hiking
6 hours ago

This was an amazing hike! A steady incline to the top but not hard. One of the best hikes I have done!

One of the most beautiful and more physically challenging hikes I’ve done. The trail is well marked. Some cairns in the last half mile may be difficult to distinguish from just rocks because the area is so, well, rocky, but just keep your eyes peeled and pay attention. The views are worth it.

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bugs
muddy
scramble
8 hours ago

Meadow (for 2miles you won’t have shade) wild flowers, butterflies, wild turkeys, American Dippers, Elk and oh ya the waterfall. What an incredible day. There are only 12 parking spots and this feeds several TH’s plan accordingly. At the falls you can cross over and follow the trail to above the falls thereby seeing more of the fall or you can relax below the falls (which is safer as the rocks are slick). Above the falls you can follow the cow trail for approximately another 3miles. Will defiantly go back to this magical place.

hiking
11 hours ago

We hiked this earlier today. Arrived at trailhead at 5:30 am and about 10 spots left. No snow until the snow field at the end, which honestly was pretty scary for me as a city girl over 50. The boulder field was tricky but if you stay to the right it’s a better path than we ended up on. Views on the entire trail are superb. Very happy we did this. It took us 6 hours and 30 min.

hiking
13 hours ago

Great trail to complete if you’re looking for a quick last minute stroll. Finished the trail on less than an hour. I would just be cautious of the parking lot being packed especially during the weekends

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bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
13 hours ago

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rocky
1 day ago

Omg! This hike is so worth every step you make! I loved the view. At the end of the hike it is very steep for a while. I definitely recommend not going at 4pm to do this hike. I got back at 10pm.

This was a great hike with so much variety. Clean well kept trail. At the top it gets rocky and a little hard to follow, but well worth it.

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bugs
muddy
1 day ago

Went up today and it was cloudy and a little rainy but the trail wasn't bad. Just a few mud spots and some horse poo. the trail offers amazing views of the valley and the surrounding mountains however, you better be ready for mosquitos everywhere. We usually never turn back on a trail, but we spent most of our time fighting off the mosquitos ( even after three times of applying bug spray) rather than enjoying the views. Good trail just be ready with the mob of mosquitos.

hiking
1 day ago

Mills Lake is something out of a fairytale. Crisp water, beautiful views, and once you pass the falls, the trail is less populated. Climbing over the boulders is easy but you can easily loose the trail near the end.

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rocky
scramble
snow
1 day ago

Did this hike this morning. Got to the trailhead around 6:50 am and had to park down the the road. Not a big deal. This hike is definitely more that 7.7 miles. Other maps say this hike is just over 9 and I find that to me more accurate. Had a lovely picnic when we reached the lake and took in the views. Made it make to the trailhead just before 1. We took a few breaks here and there and spent ~45 mins at the lake. There is still snow in two areas but we managed. My fiancé’s leg did slip through a hole and he was up to his waist in snow at one point. It was an awesome hike and I loved the final climb at the end, revealing the lake. There wasn’t a lot of people on the trail which was great. I’d highly recommend!

This hike Is absolutely amazing. Stunning views the entire time with waterfalls, rivers and little streams The whole way. HIGHLY trafficked so get there early but totally a must-do hike in Colorado! Easily my favorite trail so far. Gorgeous!

I saw people hiking this in converse and chacos! We did the 6 mile out-and-back to the summit and back to the trailhead. Bring plenty of water, a rain later, and a warm layer for the top, and make sure to start early enough to avoid a summer thunder and hail storm. Still, it was beautiful when we got caught in a storm on the way down. At the top, DON’T FEED THE CRITTERS. We were harassed by overly-comfortable chipmunks sniffing around for hand-outs when we paused for lunch.

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

great trail , if you come from the Estes Park side literally no people , until you get to the summit ...

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rocky
1 day ago

The lake was absolutely breathtaking and there are lots of beautiful places to pause on the hike up and enjoy the views of the Rockies. Last bit on the way up to the lake is switchbacks and then a bit of snow but very doable.

This was a great hike. 2.5 hours to peak with 25lb packs, but we were moving at a decent clip to see the sunset. 100% uphill the entire way out. Work still being done at the washout/slide area but solid steps in place there now. Be aware there is no water on this trail and there is equally no flat trail to speak (rocks, steps, rooted, etc) but well Marked in the tree line) Above the tree line is easily navigated in the daytime but could get sketchy at night with novice hikers. Although we saw many hikers (parents and kids) with little more than 1 pack with water, most took 6-8 hours round trip and all Mentioned in passing they wished they were a bit more prepared.

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