Estes Cone Trail

MODERATE 84 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
1988 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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
10 days 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
15 days 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
29 days ago

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1 month 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
1 month 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.

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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2 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.

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3 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.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

awesome trail, great views, relatively easy.