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Estes Cone via Eugena Mine and Longs Peak Trail

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Rocky Mountain National Park

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 is primarily used for hiking, horses, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 1,912 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Horseback riding Snowshoeing Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble Snow No dogs
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Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. Please note: Reservations required to enter Rocky Mountain National Park beginning June 4. Please reserve your timed entry here: https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/300013 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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Court Singrey
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Hiking

Well-marked, the last .3 mile I relied a lot on cairns to keep the trail. Good stream to filter water from about 1/4 of the way up. I didn’t see any other hikers.

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Kevin O'Connell
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Mark Morgenstein
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HikingGreat!Scramble

One of a handful of my favorite hikes ever. Arrived at Longs peak lot at 10am. One spot and I got it. Only saw 12 people on the whole 6.5 mile, 2 hour 50 minute hike. ( started my recording as I neared the 2 mile marker on the way up). First 2.5 miles a great moderate hike through a vast pine forest. Next .75 a little steeper, lots of rocks, culminating in a very short (40-50 elev. gain) class 2+ or 3 scramble to the summit ridge. That last .75 you HAVE to pay attention to the cairns or you probably will get lost. It wouldn’t hurt to add rocks on to them — I’m sure others would appreciate it. Great views of Longs/Meeker and the rest of RMNP from the Estes Cone summit.

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Chad Rector
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ETB Travel Photography
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Hiking

If picking between two peaks near one another, I'd do Twin Sisters Trail which has better views and more variety. There is hardly anything at the mine site to see. Mostly a walk up through the forest to a rocky summit just above treeline. More details and pics in my blog https://etbtravelphotography.com/2020/08/27/rocky-mountain-national-park-three-hikes-for-exercise/

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Tyler Carnes
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HikingGreat!

Solid hike. Last mile is a tough incline, but the views up top are fantastic. My only complaint - I did this with my pregnant wife, thinking 6 miles was okay to do. It ended up being 7.75 miles total via my new Fitbit.

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elizabeth lee
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Hiking

Tough ascent at the top with lots of rock to climb but well worth it for the view!

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Kristie Jones
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HikingRockyScramble

Great hike. Beautiful view from Estes Cone. Nice wooded trail though the end was a rocky scramble. Thankful for the cairns to show the way. We started around 10 am as our permit allowed and made it to the cone around 1 pm. Light rain on the way back down.

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JT Hagen
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Hiking

Hike to Moore wilderness campsite. Not many views easy to moderate trail. Great hike

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Jennifer Colgan
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Hiking

Wonderful hike. The sharp incline before the summit is a workout, but fun. We had a great time doing some scrambling at the top. As other have said, this is not 6 miles - we actually clocked over 7.

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Lee McFarlain
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Hiking

Tougher than expected for a couple of flatlanders, but a great afternoon on the trail. As other say, the cairns make a huge difference staying on trail at the end, but they peter out just before the peak so you’re on your own to scramble to the summit. Great views from the top if the weather permits. Nobody on the final section of trail when we climbed.

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Maura Daniels
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Hiking

Parking lot full at 8. We were able to park on the road but think we snagged the last spot. Thanks to previous reviewer for cairn advice to navigate last 0.7 miles! Fantastic!

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Sam G
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Hiking

Parking lot about half full when starting and finishing out hike Monday morning 6/1. Very mellow trail for the first 1.5 miles with a really nice stream crossing where the water is clear and freezing and rushing coming down the mountain. The last 1.5 miles to the top are pretty steep and the last haul you've gotta carefully follow the cairns to the summit. Saw one other group on the way up and a few more on the way down. At the top beautiful views of Longs and Meeker close up and Estes/Twin Sisters looking other directions. Wubalubadubdubbbb!

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Nicole Allen
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Hiking

This hike was really steep at the end and rocky. It was worth it though as the views were amazing from the top. We clocked more than 7 miles doing this hike on multiple apps.

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Claude Paquin
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Hiking

hiked on 6/1. very nice trail conditions, no snow or mud except some water from overflowing creek near Eugenia mine. very easy to negotiate. superb views at the top. one of my favorites.

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Valerie Jaramillo
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HikingRockyScramble

Arrived about 9:15 on a Sunday and the parking lot was about 75% full. The first 2/3 of the trail are nice and easy then you gain the 1,900 ft in elevation in the last mile and a half. So be prepared to a lung and leg burner! Some scrambling at the top if you are comfortable going all the way to the Rocky tip top but great views of longs peak and the keyhole. With a 30 minute break at the top took us about 3.5 hours. I recommend!

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Jarred Young
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HikingRockyScramble

Harder side of moderate. Totally worth it, wild views.

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Rikki Fährmann
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Hiking

Lovely trail and in great condition. Snow in areas but no significant issues. Windy at the top. Creek is great place to cool off your feet on the way back down.

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Andrew Carfagna
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HikingRockyScramble

Fun trail! Really incredible views. No snow on the trail as of May 28th at 10am

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Johnny Aguirre
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Hiking

Are we able to hike in the area of Rocky Mountain national park still?

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Sam Kelly
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HikingIcySnow

Brought snowshoes but never used them. Spikes and poles the whole way. Wonderful view at the top!

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Donald Troike
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Snowshoeing

Two of us did a midweek hike. As others have said, we used ice trekker spikes on the hard packed initial part of the trail. At the Eugenia Mine trail we switched to snowshoes. When we reached the rocky top we climbed in our boots. The snow was hard packed until the sun made it soft on the way down the cone. Even with snowshoes it was slippery. Still, the views on the way and especially at the top were spectacular. I am 71 and a runner, and the combination altitude and climbing with snowshoes was exhausting- but I made it and look forward to doing it again in the summer.

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Laurie Normandeau
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HikingIcyRockyScrambleSnow

Started early and the trail was packed snow for the first couple miles. Then we needed our snowshoes and the trail towards the top is very steep and it was not easy to find the trail and the snow drifts were deep! At the top we switched to micro spikes. Amazing 360 views with Longs right in front of you. Stunning. We used micro spikes again for the steep descent, then snowshoes again and finished with just boots. Windy but all except the top, you are protected by trees. A hearty workout! I love this hike because of the spectacular views from the summit.

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