Kruger Rock Trail

MODERATE 77 reviews
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Kruger Rock Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1072 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Kruger Rock trail head is accessed in Hermit Park, an open space just outside Estes Park, Colorado. The trail is about 4 miles round trip. Short, but with a few steep stretches and a rock scramble at the end so you don't feel completely lazy. And the views at the top are fantastic. Hike across fields and then up and around a forested mountain to Kruger Rock. $6 park entry

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail with beautiful views of Estes Park. Dogs must be leashed. Lots of rocks on the trail. Great early morning birding. Beautiful fall foliage.

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1 month ago

On our last attempt, we were about 15 minutes from the top and the August thunderstorms rolled through, so we were thwarted. My daughter and I persevered and came back again to tackle Kruger Rock. And it was a blast. This trail has a deceptive start in a lovely mountain meadow, but gets very steep and very rocky. Not ideal for the number of little kiddos we see starting it. Very dog-friendly, our pal Sisko had a blast smelling every stump and whimpering at every mini-bear in the area. A wonderful journey that is on par with RMNP, without the ridiculous crowds of RMNP. Just make sure to stop in Estes for fudge and $2 mini-golf.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful views! While there are trees, there's not a lot of shade, so in the summer take plenty of water (especially for dogs).

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Chose this hike because it's one of the few near Estes Park that allows dogs (not allowed in RMNP). Nice dirt trail, not a lot of rock scrambling. Not the most gorgeous hike I've ever been on along the way, but the view at the end was beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike in the winter and the views were spectacular. What an awesome hike that is dog-friendly and right outside RMNP. It was very easy to get to, and with some elevation but it wasn't too difficult. It was also very quiet with not many people on it. Loved it and highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

$6 entry to park. Short hike with great views of Estes Park. Totally vacant at the top for a mid-week hike. Slight scramble right at the end that made things a bit more tricky on a wet day with a dog.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike leading to terrific views of Estes park and RMNP. Includes some light bouldering. It's not a very busy hike, which suited us just fine. We used this hike to get acclimated to the elevation early in our trip before tackling some much longer and higher trails. Definitely recommend this trail. Don't forget to pay your $6 for the private park entrance.

hiking
2 months ago