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

mountain biking
rocky
scramble
washed out
7 days ago

Are you a masochist who likes mountain biking? Then this trail may be for you. The trail would be fine on foot but not so great for bikes. Decided to ride this after reading an article from Teton Gravity, and what a bunch of nonsense. On a positive note theres an awesome meadow about halfway up and a great view of Estes Park from the top, but its a lot of work for not much reward.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful trail, but watch out for snakes. My (on leash) dog got bit by a rattle snake less than a half mile from the trailhead today around 4pm when it was raining. I’ve done this trail before and haven’t had any issues with wildlife before.

hiking
17 days ago

gate may look closed but it's open. the bugs were definitely out in full force.. wood ticks are indeed present. The trail is a bit rocky but overall not bad. some overgrown areas as others have said but if you pull up your socks you'll be fine. The best part were the wildflowers and butterflies and the meadows you get to walk through which were simply fantastic. The view at the top was great.. can see longs and twin sisters and Estes Park. Bring deet and do this trail!

hiking
no shade
rocky
19 days ago

Beautiful Flowers and mountains, but all the streams are dried up as of July 29th. ++ No Bugs because no water and there are so many beautiful flowers. its gonna take most of the day to do the full 3000ft elevation gain. Not a lot of parking spots but not that crowded

Beautiful wildflowers right now! Looong hike, but worth it for flowers, workout, and views from the top.

hiking
25 days ago

Well groomed and a nice steady elevation gain. Good trail to test your cardio for a 14er.

hiking
blowdown
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

Awesome views from the summit. Great cardio workout for the first 2.5 miles or so. Then it moderates for the rest of the hike till you start to ascend the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Started out great. Ran into some rattlesnakes on the trail itself so be alert and careful when hiking here! They blended right in with the rocks and tree roots.

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Challenging hike with some steep climbs. Trail is slightly overgrown but still easy to do in shorts, just make sure to check for ticks, I found none on this trip. My iPhone GPS using the Strava app put the hike at 10.37 miles. I did go off trail on the rocks and to see views a few times but trail is 10+ miles. Great view at the top with Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park to the west. Some parts forested and some in the open so it can get hot and sunscreen would be wise. Lots of flowers, butterflies and birds on my morning hike. Great hike overall.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

this trail was amazing! I would recommend long pants because the grass is over grown in places on the trail. Beautiful views the whole way and a challenging hike. Mostly uphill with lots of elevation gain in short stretches. Worth it!

on Stone Mountain

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike. It is easy to miss the turn off for the last mile, so keep an eye on your map. There is a little stack of rocks in the grass and a less established trail off to the left sometime after mile three. That's the offshoot to the summit of stone mountain. The trail before it splits is really well marked and has informational signs posed periodically and mile markers. There are great views from the top but it is a bit of a scramble up the boulders at the summit. There is a little pickle jar up on the summit with a notepad for people to add their names to - a fun surprise! When we went on 7-8-19, there were signs that the trail will close July - November for maintenance. It was still open when we went and there doesn't seem to be a lot of information online indicating when it will actually close. Also note that the trailhead takes off from the Round Mountain parking area, not Viestenz Smith park (which is on the other side of the road). Follow the signs for the summit trail and then watch for the branch-off after mile three.

We hiked four miles out and back. Nice views all the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice combination of meadows and open forest with some steep sections and several gradual slopes. My GPS recorded it right at 10 miles RT. Wonderful view at the top. At the summit there’s a plastic bottle with a notepad and pen at the base of a tree. Left a comment; encourage others to do as well.

hiking
1 month ago

I’d call this an intermediate hike. It has amazing wildflowers. Summit view is worth the climb - perfect spot for lunch. Very small patches of mud, but will be dry in a day or two. Parked near the Inn and store in Glenhaven and ended at our other car parked 9+ miles at the end of this thru hike. A great day on the trail. *Park early to get a spot. Not many spaces and it fills up fast. We left a car at our end point and got the last space at 7:15-30.

hiking
1 month ago

No snow, lots of elevation gain. Great place to take the dog.

hiking
1 month ago

Much more challenging that the 3,300’ elevation change would leave you to believe. Lots of ups and downs and flat areas make some of the inclines pretty grueling. 2.5 hours up, 2 hours down. Trail is wet but there’s no snow anymore. Saw some bear tracks as soon as you hit the forest about 0.5 miles in. Started around 8am and only saw 1 person all day.

hiking
1 month ago

Nobody at the parking lot at 9 am on a Friday but there were more cars with still lots of open spots when we got back from the hike. Pretty solid incline for the first 2.5 miles or so and then it levels out nicely the rest of the way to the top of stone mountain. Right at the end is a big wall of large boulders that would be very very difficult to get a dog up but a person can find a way to scramble up pretty easy. Great views all around at the top even on a cloudyish day. Everything is so green and lush with the flowers in bloom it was beautiful. Suppoooosedly the trail will be closed from July 2019 through Nov 2019 for maintenance so check trail website before heading out for this one.

hiking
1 month ago

So 10/10 recommend this hike! Great 2.5-3 mile uphill! Would even recommend trying to trail run if you’re up for the challenge! The Stone Mountain trail branches off so be sure to look for the trail blaze hidden in the grass! Requires a small scramble to the top but if you search the rocks it’s worth the reward!

hiking
2 months ago

First time hiking this trail and it is moderately hard if not a hiker. Once you get up past 3 miles it is really nice. To go to Stone Mountain where I did, I first missed the path as it is not well marked. Thunderstorm rolled in about 12:30 with lighting after I got to top. Would love to Have spent more time there. On way done my 90lb pup injured two of his pads on two different legs. Had to shoulder carry him the last 2 miles out. What a job. Look at my 360 photo on google maps for Hikerkilian. Have a great hike

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike! We drove up from Denver today. No problem finding the parking lot using the “directions” button from AllTrails. Used AllTrails map to make sure we didn’t miss the turn off. I can see how it’s easy to miss, but if you keep an eye out for it after you’ve passed the third mile marker you shouldn’t have a problem. Look for a small cairn and lightly used trail to the left. After the turn off to Stone Mountain, it’s pretty flat until the very end, where it’s just big boulders you climb up. Lots of fun, but I can’t imagine doing it with a dog. Beautiful views all the way up and at the top. Lots of wildflowers are out now, and there’s a lot of diversity in vegetation and landscape.

hiking
2 months ago

The fact it is hard to find is what makes it so cool. Amazing view, very little foot traffic, and not too difficult. Close to Loveland, highly recommend. Use this app to find your way.

Solid hike. Challenging and rewarding at the top. Started at 6am Saturday 6/8. Didn’t see anyone on the way up. Summit was peaceful and quite. Clear day, great views of Long’s Peak and RMNP. Could also see Pikes Peak to the south.

on Crosier Mountain Trail

2 months ago

Nice peaceful hike with beautiful weather today. Hardly saw any other hikers. I did drive back and forth thru Glen Haven about 3 times before I figured out where the trail began. A local pointed me in the wrong direction and said the stables have been long gone. I never found any stables but I did discover the trail is right next to the town hall so just look for that building!

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