Homestead Meadows and Moose Meadows Loop

MODERATE 17 reviews
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Homestead Meadows and Moose Meadows Loop is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

6.3 miles
925 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching




A hike that takes you back into history after a nice walk up a scenic gulch. The trail progresses in a westerly direction up a narrow and scenic gulch. There are several bridges and log crossings on this trail. The third bridge is about a mile from the trailhead after you go about 2.5 miles you will start to enter the meadows, where the trails follow old logging roads that are fairly level. There are eight homesteads in the area, four are to the South, two are in the vicinity of the main meadows and the other two are to the North and North East. The Irvin Homestead accessed by trail 1004 is worth the extra walk, there are some awesome views of the Mummy Range in that area. If you visit the homesteads that are located to the South you will traverse thru the remnants of the Big Elk Fire, which destroyed the Engert Homestead in 2002. The Laycook Homestead is about a mile South of the trail junction and sits at the head of a large meadow where Elk can be seen. There is a wonderful pamphlet available about the homesteads at the RMNP gift shop The cost of access to this area is $6; machine accepts credit cards. There are only two tiny streams for your pet to get a drink so take along extra water.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Beautiful! Some significant inclines throughout. There are only two tiny streams for your pet to get a drink so take along extra water. My GPS logged 7.5 miles, in and out, to the parking area. The old trail is closed for revegitation so you must take the new one that climbs over a small mountain. A lot of this trail is a roughly graveled access road, which is very hard on a dog's feet. There was moose, deer, cougar and bear sign when I hiked it in June. The cost of access to this area is $6; machine accepts credit cards.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Took the connector trail from Hermit Park Open Space. Explored several old homesteads and a sawmill. The best part of the outing was seeing the homestead ruins and getting a little history lesson along the way from the interpretive signs. Didn't see anyone else on the trail the entire time I was there. Hiked a total of 9.2 miles and could've gone a lot farther but had time constraints. The inclines were mild. In several areas, the trails were somewhat overgrown and not well maintained.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Perfect spot for a family hike and camp out in the wilderness. Can't wait to go back and hit the other trails in the area.

Monday, September 14, 2015

You can still reach this trail by going into Hermit Park Open Space, pay a $6 entry/daily fee and use the connector trail to Homestead Meadows. Hermit Park Open Space is dog-on-leash friendly and also has Kruger Rock trail there.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Trail is closed! People are still attempting to hike back- very few can find and keep on the trail... Someone took down the caution tape and now people just go and attempt it.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

5/31/2014 - Lion Gulch Trailhead which leads to Homestead Meadows is closed due to the floods in 2013. There was trail work done this weekend but the middle section of the trail is still mostly destroyed.

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