Estes Cone Trail

MODERATE 55 reviews
#27 of 127 trails in

Estes Cone Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1988 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The summit of Estes Cone trail offers some of the best views found in the area. Getting to the summit takes a bit of effort, but it well worth it. The summit offers a 360-degree view that includes Estes Valley, Mummy Range, the Continental Divide, Longs Peak, Mount Meeker, Twin Sisters, and Lily Lake below.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike! The last .7 mile is tough and easy to get lost. To stay on trail, look for the cairns (piles of small rocks atop each other). View is AMAZING!! No snow, but chilly and windy at the top.

hiking
6 days ago

As of today, there is no snow on this trail, so only boots/poles were needed throughout. Get there early (we got there at 7:15am) to park easily, and have a great time of it. Time out and back was about ~5 hrs, and that's with a wrong turn on the descent adding ~ 1 mile to the trip. A bit gusty at the top, but the views are astounding! Light hiker traffic during the whole trip that got more crowded as we descended (around 10:15am).

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14 days ago

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15 days ago

26 days ago

Incredible views from the top. 360 degrees of the whole park. Mostly forested going up. The end part is tough if you're not used to the altitude, but we were able to do it slow and steady. Round trip under 5 hours. Spikes necessary on may 28th

26 days ago

Incredible views from the top. 360 degrees of the whole park. Mostly forested going up. The end part is tough if you're not used to the altitude, but we were able to do it slow and steady. Round trip under 5 hours. Spikes necessary on may 28th

hiking
1 month ago

This was my fourth attempt because every previous trip it was bad weather and too deep of snow to the top! I think it's more on the heavy moderate side as the last 3/4 of the trail is constant switchbacking and scrambling. It was pretty passing the streams with bits of slippery snow.. the trail was pretty wet so I suggest waterproofing! Great view from the top!!!

hiking
1 month ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

The last few hundred feet in snow were interesting :). The view is great!!

hiking
3 months ago

Unable to find path or summit Estes cone d/t deep snow. Used crampons no snowshoes.

4 months ago

Gorgeous area. Finally part of the hike is pretty steep but worth it.

7 months ago

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7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Excellent hike. We went on a Sunday afternoon in late October and caught the trail at an off time (passed only a couple people the whole time) with perfect weather. 4 hours round trip at a leisurely pace. Be sure to look for the cairns on the way up the final ascent, though I think there's several ways to get there. Following the trail down is more difficult, so be sure to look for markers/memorable trees, etc. Excellent views at the top, which comes as a surprise after a mostly tree-covered hike. Plenty of scrambling at the top for those who want it, and plenty of easier outcroppings for those who don't.

hiking
8 months ago

Really enjoyed the hike. Going past the old mine was really neat. Once you get to the cross roads with stormy pass you go straight up the hill and we lost the path for a large portion at the top. However once at the top the views are incredible!!

hiking
8 months ago

Did this for 1st time today-Friday-inch space in parking lot. Nearly all trail is covered until the very top. Not as hard as I anticipated. Views at top are amazing--even on a cloudy day. Definitely would recommend.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a beautiful trail that was mostly in the forest. Beautiful scenery at the top, and we barely ran into anyone while on the trail. We left the parking lot at about 7:30am on the Sunday morning before labor day, and probably got back around noon. This is a great trail to try scrambling at the top, although it is a little hard to follow the trail. No exposure, except if you want it at the peak. The top was great- no one else there, although it was so windy, we lost a hat! Always be sure to bring a jacket for the peak. Since we went last weekend, the leaves were just starting to change on a few trees. We thought that the clouds from over Longs were going to come meet us at the top, so we turned around sooner than we usually would have. By the time we got back to Lily Lake, however, the parking lot was PACKED with tourists from RMNP, so we wanted to leave town ASAP.

hiking
9 months ago

Did this hike today (8/30). we kept a fast paced and only braked once. we started at 8 am and ended at 12:30 pm. including a 30 minute break up top! Loved this trail. Its through the woods for most the hike. It is a wide trail with a slight incline. The last mile up is pretty straight up. But when you summit, you get a 360 view of beautiful mountains. Really really gorgeous. We heard a lot of elks around us on this hike too.

9 months ago