Forest Canyon Overlook [CLOSED]

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Forest Canyon Overlook is a 0.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until August.

Distance: 0.3 miles Elevation Gain: 22 feet Route Type: Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. A short, paved walkway leads to an observation platform offering view of vast Forest Canyon, where the erosion work of glaciers is clearly evident, and a look at the peaks of the Continental Divide beyond. Near the overlook, watch for pikas, marmots, and other small mammals.

7 months ago

Large parking lot and paved walkway out to a beautiful view. Very windy when we went.

hiking
8 months ago

Would not have guessed I’d see 20 elk here!

hiking
9 months ago

Best point of the park to get out and take a look. Very windy at the top. Quick easy trail to an area for a photo op.

hiking
10 months ago

Because it is so short and paved, there were a lot of people on the path today. Nice outlook to the mountains. Got to see a pika and two marmots.

hiking
10 months ago

Paved trail to a dramatic overlook. Many marmots were out sunning and running around the afternoon we visited. It was very crowded with lots of families and kids.

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11 months ago

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Sat Apr 27 2019

Went sometime last year in October I believe and the views were incredible. It was pretty cold and windy though so be prepared for that.

hiking
Sun Jun 03 2018

An easy trail providing pretty amazing views of Forest Canyon and beautiful snow covered mountains. One of the many turn outs on the Trail Ridge road, provides sweeping views of alpine tundra. We saw couple of Marmots when we were here.

walking
Sat Oct 28 2017

A short, paved walk to an pretty overlook with amazing views of Forest Canyon below and beautiful snow-covered mountains on the opposite side (even during our visit in late July), as well as sweeping views of the rolling alpine tundra behind you. We stopped here twice on back-to-back days exploring the Trail Ridge Road and had two totally different experiences weather-wise...the first as a late-day summer storm was passing through (cold, very windy, misty/foggy and wet) with the next afternoon sunny and gorgeous.

hiking
Sun Sep 10 2017

Forest Canyon Overlook is one of many turn outs on Trail Ridge Road. It offers great views of Mount Ida and the Continental Divide.

hiking
Sun Aug 13 2017

Excellent view

walking
Fri Mar 24 2017

Rainbow Curve is the last turnout before the tree line and we could see the road winding up above us, with fields of alternating bare green tundra and white snow. Famous for the high winds in this area, we were fortunate to have a fairly calm day. Forest Canyon Overlook (elevation 11716 feet) was one of our favorites, where we took the short paved footpath lined with beautiful rock and tiny tundra flowers and lichens, down to a platform that was surrounded by ominous craggy mountains with a huge drop off to the forest covered valley below. Great short stop on TRR.

hiking
Wed Jul 20 2016

Short breathtaking hike.. Not to be missed on Trail Ridge Road

scenic driving
Tue Mar 15 2016

Beautiful!!!

hiking
Wed Feb 11 2015

This short trail is very nice and has wonderful views looking down into the canyon/valley below. This trail should only be used independently by very strong wheelchair users. It is very steep in areas(12%+ slope). It is a good trail but the wheelchair accessibility is lacking.

walking
Sun Jul 28 2013

Spectacular views of Forest Canyon and of tundra wildflowers. Elk are frequently visible from the overlook and it's a great place for a photo.

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8 months ago

recorded Forest Canyon Overlook

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10 months ago

recorded Aufzeichnung - 09. Juni, 6:49 AM

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11 months ago

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