Forest Canyon Overlook

EASY 7 reviews
#65 of 127 trails in

Forest Canyon Overlook is a 0.2 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 walking and is best used from June until August.

0.2 miles
29 feet
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



wild flowers


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.

4 days ago

3 months ago

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.

10 months ago

11 months ago

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

scenic driving
Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Wednesday, February 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.

Sunday, July 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.