Alpine Ridge Trail

EASY 59 reviews
#67 of 191 trails in

Alpine Ridge Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
147 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

Trail from Alpine Visitor Center up rock stairs is very short, but due to high altitude and stair-climbing, is difficult for some. Trail is very crowded depending on crowds at the Visitor Center.

4 months ago

Beautiful view at 12000ft. Worth the short but out of breath stairs

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome views. Worth the 224 steps but old people were struggling. Takes you to 12,005 ft. Right next to Mt Chapin and Old Falls River Rd. See Colorado River headwaters. Fun place. Please stay on the trail. Saw a girl posing for pics in a Keep Off area. Encourage respect and rules.

5 months ago

it was cold and windy but worth it! I would rate it as a moderate. I am a lettercarrier and walk everyday. With the altitude I need to rest often. Coming down piece of cake.

hiking
5 months ago

Huffers Hill

6 months ago

So awesome. It’s a short hike but breathtaking on a clear day. Be sure to drive up the Old Road through the state park.

6 months ago

it has awesome views. however, if you are up there on a windy day it makes it a rough climb. I do not recommend taking children up on a windy day they will get blown around. it was also 39 degrees in june. a coat is a must! totally worth it!!

7 months ago

Short hike up stone steps. Amazing views. We finished just before a storm rolled in

7 months ago

Short hike that is well worth it

8 months ago

One of the most breathtaking views of my life.

hiking
Friday, October 27, 2017

This short ‘hike’ is a must-do while stopping at the Alpine Visitor Center (the highest altitude for a NPS visitor center). It begins as a paved incline and continues as a series of steps, rising about 130 feet in elevation to the 12,005 foot summit. The views are wonderful, similar to those nearby at Marmot Point (which is easily within sight). However, with the frequent crowds and the walkway to reach the top, it doesn’t have the same ‘Sound of Music’ feeling as the next door neighbor located near the end of Old Fall River Road.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Brief but steep stairs take you to just over 12,000 feet with great photo opportunities.

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Alpine Ridge Trail is a short jaunt up from the Alpine Visitor Center. But take your time the elevation will get your attention and bring a jacket, the winds can have a little bite.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Easy trail but spectacular views at the top.

Monday, July 24, 2017

amazing views! it's not a bad walk but don't be surprised on how heavy the air is, don't feel shame in taking a break

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

If you drive up to the Alpine lodge, which is very worthwhile, then you'll feel obligated to take this short walk up the stairs to the 12,000 ft mark. It's not a hike, but a walk up the stairs and with the elevation it is challenging. The views are simply spectacular.

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

Great views

walking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Great views in all directions from the top. It may be crowded, but this will not be a problem for enjoyment. Expect it to be cool/cold and windy as you are at 12,000'. Also, as the distance is very short, getting to the top is comparable to climbing 18-20 stories of stairs at altitude.

walking
Friday, August 12, 2016

Short but worth it, even despite the crowds. 360 degree views. Great for all ages, even the youngest children can walk it themselves. Bring a hat or windbreaker for your ears - it is cold and windy!

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