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Estes Cone via Eugena Mine and Longs Peak Trail

MODERATE 220 reviews
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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.

hiking
19 days ago

Did this hike in September. It’s wooded most of the way. It gets steep the last 3/4 mile. Scramble at the top! Nice views.

hiking
27 days ago

Hit this trail on a picture perfect day! The trail has packed snow and is somewhat icy in places so my yak tracks worked great. The last half mile or so the trail can be hard to follow so it’s a good idea to download the map. Also a good workout on the last stretch, good incline and a bit of scrambling on top but not to extreme. Awesome views on top!

hiking
snow
29 days ago

Packed snow throughout on 11/10/19. Icy on Longs Peak trail. Went mid morning when snow was softer. Micro spikes and poles were helpful. Snowshoes not needed. Gorgeous views.

We made it up to the top of Estes Cone in about 4 hours. The snow and ice had pretty much melted but there were still some patches to be careful of. We didn’t have spikes and we made it just fine. After Eugina Mines and Storm Pass, the trail gets a little lost. We wondered off course a couple of times so be on the lookout for man made trail markers. Getting to the top, it was windy AF, but the views were spectacular and worth the hike.

Started around 9am, trail was easy to follow but snowpacked, icy in some places. We had spikes but didn't put them on, but probably could've/should've used them. Lost the trail about half a mile from the top and snow was too deep to try to find our way, so didn't make it all the way up. Didn't see anyone else until we were on our way back down.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Amazing! my first extraneous hike! not too hard... just pay attention to the signs and to the path and you will reach the top. Awesome views.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Great hike! It’s a steady consistent climb the whole way but the views are certainly worth it. The last .7 miles to the summit are pretty rocky but navigable and definitely look for the Cairns to make sure your still on the path. Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

Can I give this 6 stars? Or 7? This isn’t a long or difficult trail for strong hikers, but the climb up the cone is steep enough to raise your pulse. On scenic value per mile you can’t get much better. The meadows are full of beautiful flowers. The talus is still below tree line and shaded. Views from the summit are simply breathtaking. Take care in the talus field as it’s easy to lose the trail. Watch for cairns and footprints. The false summit is easy to reach, while the true summit requires a very short 4th/5th class ascent. You can let this go if you have real vertigo issues, but it’s absolutely worth the scramble. Highly recommended!

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Amazing hike !

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
5 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 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

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

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