Estes Cone via Eugena Mine and Longs Peak Trail

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Estes Cone via Eugena Mine and Longs Peak Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, 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: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,912 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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's 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. Horses are only allowed on the first half of this trail. There is a hitch rack at the turn off and a sign that says no horses beyond this point.

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scramble
1 day ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Amazing hike !

hiking
1 month ago

I’m glad we waited till the snow completely melted. There was a bit of a scramble near the top, the last quarter of a mile was challenging but doable. My Wife and I encountered several people from out of state doing this hike. If possible, please wear hiking shoes/boots and bring PLENTY of water! I was amazed by the amount of people attempting the scramble on our way down who had NO water or had ran out. The hike is fairly short but due to the incline and altitude, it will take longer than expected. Especially if you add on a stroll up Long’s Peak Road to get to the trailhead. Assume you will add on at least half a mile to the hike if you plan on doing this on the weekend due to parking.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views of Meeker and Long's Peaks and Estes Park. Good rock scrambling near the top. Trail is well maintained and RMNP staff friendly and helpful. Weekends are popular so parking results in a small hike to the trailhead.

Super pretty! Last mile is a little rough but worth it. Only recorded 1/2 of it

hiking
2 months ago

One of the most beautiful and more physically challenging hikes I’ve done. The trail is well marked. Some cairns in the last half mile may be difficult to distinguish from just rocks because the area is so, well, rocky, but just keep your eyes peeled and pay attention. The views are worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

great walk in the park, amazing views. . nice climb towards the top. enjoy!

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bugs
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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bugs
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Fairly easy till last 0.6 miles. Then climb became over 1000 ft/mile, with trail indicated only by cairns. East side of Peak was too windy to do more than admire the view. West side was a spectacular view of Longs Peak. Climb down was hard but made easier with trekking poles.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with many great viewpoints along the way and a fantastic summit.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

We got to the parking lot at 7:15 on a Saturday morning, and it was already full. Street parking was ample, though - just watch for the No Parking signs. A few bathrooms and a ranger’s station at the start of the hike, in case you need either amenity. The trail itself vacillates between dirt and rocks, and we found hiking shoes to be a nice option given we both have stability issues with our joints. We used poles for that reason as well. It can be a bit confusing to know where the trail is - look for cairns and horse poop ;) The last mile or so is the steepest, and to get to the very top you do have to climb rocks. However, I found it no more difficult than climbing a ladder - great hand and foot holds available. We didn’t see a ton of people on the trail while heading up, but there were quite a few on the way back down. Lots of varieties with ages, which was cool to see. I will say being in semi-decent shape is a good thing for this hike. We took a ton of water and snacks, and from street to the top and back was 8.4 miles, with 2000 feet of elevation gain - not for someone who isn’t used to exercise or who has poor cardio ability (I say this as someone with mediocre cardio ability). We did encounter a chipmunk at the top of the cone, and a family whose children were more than happy to feed it. Just a reminder that as cute as the chippies are, they can carry rabies and the plague. Feeding them is also not healthy for them. /end PSA

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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rocky
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3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail, final stretch is kinda steep but worth it. Great view at the end.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Our first hike in Colorado, 2 weeks to the day after moving here. My fiancé and I went with his brother who was visiting from out of town. It was 1 hour 20 minute drive with some traffic due to construction. Parking available and rangers nice at base of trail- on a Tuesday. 3.4 miles, 2000 feet elevation change, about 4 hours plus a lunch break at top to enjoy the view. Challenging enough for starting to hike more at higher elevation, great view. Sadly no wildlife besides birds and horses from trail riders. Also not many wildflowers, in spite of recent reviews saying otherwise (lot more at Arthur’s Rock trail at Lory State Park). End of trail unclear but we followed stacked rocks to top.

hiking
3 months ago

Really good hike and not too crowded, but the last 1/2 mile is pretty hard -- the trail pretty much turns into you scrambling over rocks hoping you're headed the right way.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Hiked on 6/14: The Beginning of this hike is in fact moderate, but the last mile is hard and very strenuous. Most of the elevation gain is placed in the last mile of the hike; No kidding, you are scaling up the mountain for the last 1/2 mile. Summit was beautiful, but the crazy winds didn’t allow us to enjoy the view for long. Overall, the hike was a great challenge, and i’m glad that I hiked it! If you’re looking for a hike to challenge you’re endurance and strength, this is the one for you.

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