Estes Cone Trail

MODERATE 90 reviews
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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
1847 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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
1 month ago

This was an amazing hike, highly recommended. The trail was mostly snow pack but relatively easy travel. I wore micro-spikes, and I would recommend doing the same, but you could probably get by with just a good pair of boots. The trail is clear all the way to the juncture of storm pass. From this point, the trail becomes steeper, with a few more slippery spots along the way. There is one more junction that leads the rest of the way up to the summit of Estes Cone. After this junction the trail becomes a little more obscure. Cairns will mark the trail as you make your way up but it seems that there a few different options. The views from the top are spectacular. Longs peak presents itself to the south, and the peaks of Otis, Sharkstooth, Powell and McHenrys rise in the west. Plenty of good rock formations at the top to search for a good sitting place. The whole journey took me about 4 hours. Plus an hour to sit and enjoy the views.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail on New Year's Day, so there was barely any traffic. There was snow pack and patches of ice, but we didn't feel the need to stop and put on our micro spikes at any point. In the last half mile to the summit the trail became difficult to find because of the snow and "rogue" snowshoe tracks. But there were plenty of cairins to help lead you back to the trail. I think a moderate rating is accurate.

hiking
3 months ago

We were first people on the trail and had to do some route finding. Got off the trail a couple of times. Beautiful views at the top.

3 months ago

We wore spikes and gators today. Pretty easily followed the well-placed cairns to the summit.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday. The views were absolutely worth it! Like the others have stated, all the elevation comes in the last 0.7 miles. This is a great hike if you like to get off the trail and climb a bit. Took us about 1:45 up and 1:15 down. Clocked roughly 7.4 miles.

hiking
4 months ago

easy to get to, well maintained, and a great destination. I would take my out of town friends on this one-- it won't kill you but the view at the end is great. only problem is all the elevation happens in the last 0.7, but it's not bad

hiking
5 months ago

Nice and easy hike from Longs Peak Trailhead for the first 2 miles. The last mile is moderate and at an incline until you get to Estes Cone (which you will have to traverse up some rocks for about 1/4 mile). The views from Estes Cone are fabulous while the trail itself is ok. I would recommend this hike for the vistas.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved every minute of this hike. It took 1hr 45 mins to reach the cone at a very leisurely pace, and another 1.5 hours to get done. The scenery was beautiful - nice blend of forest and wilderness. Hiking the top is tricky so be sure to follow the cairns.

6 months ago

We just hiked it today. Absolutely amazing views from the top. We had the trail mostly to ourselves.

hiking
6 months ago

Perfect trail for those who want to reach a peak but dont have the time to hike one of the big boys. We could have stayed at the top all day but had to scurry down fast to beat the storm that was coming.

7 months ago

This was an unexpected hike & trail. Literally the nicest hike we experienced our entire stay, including Flat Top and Hallet's. It was less busy over the holiday weekend. Start at Storm Pass Trailhead, found parking on side of road. For sure-Take the last .7 mile trek to the top of Cone, and when you "think" you're at the top, unless you are at the tippy top and see 360 degree, panoramic breathtaking view of Glacier Basin and surrounding Mountaintops, keep looking for the manmade trail rock pile guides, one little Boulder climb at very top to reach your summit. We are not professional hikers nor climbers, did not have poles, and we are totally afraid of heights and we did it and it was worth it! Glad we pushed our minds over matter at the top. Approx 5 hrs in and out with picnic at top and leisurely pace.

7 months ago

I got engaged on top. Hard at the end but well worth it for the views.

7 months ago

awesome trail, great views, relatively easy.

hiking
7 months ago

Too bad it was overcast, it hid some gorgeous views. But the hike was worth it, ditto what the previous reviewed posted about the last 0.7 miles, keep an eye out for the stone sculptures, it will make it easier to go up. And take your time, it's a pretty steep gain in altitude.

Got there at 8:45am and had to park on the side of the road, get there early if you can.

hiking
8 months 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
8 months 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).

8 months 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

8 months 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
9 months 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
10 months ago

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

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