Kruger Rock Trail

MODERATE 39 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.

10 days ago

Excellent little hike that not many people seem to know about. $6 per car to enter the park, then drive up the dirt road a couple of miles to the trailhead. Not too difficult of a hike (if you're acclimated), and the scramble to the top was fun. Highly recommend while you're waiting for the snow to melt on the higher elevation hikes.

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12 days ago

This was a great lil trail that I didn't know existed until today! Took my mother and sister in law on this hike with me and my mini Aussie and had a great time. There is a steady climb and a short scramble to the top but a panoramic view a couple places on the way.
This is a nice short, scenic hike. Went mid May and there wasn't any snow this go around.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Best views I've seen in a long time. We went on a Saturday and it wasn't crowded at all.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Nice views of Estes

3 months ago

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6 months ago

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6 months ago

Great challenging hike.... Saw a handful of people definitely wouldn't say this was a crowded trail.

Took many breaks along the way so it was about three hours total round trip. Gorgous at the top. Will be doing this one again for sure.

It was very windy at the top so prepare for that. $6 parking was worth it to me.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great to do on a Tuesday because there are few people on the trail and you get the views all to yourself!

hiking
7 months ago

only thing that was tough was just the relentless uphill switchbacks. This trail is not 3.3 miles RT either, it's about 4.1. Views were great but not as good as they could've been as we went late afternoon in hopes of having the trail to ourselves. Only saw two other groups hiking down and had the rock to ourselves. The little scramble to the top isn't bad. Will probably hike again this winter, then spring, then be done as the fee is off putting.

7 months ago

8 months ago

Great afternoon hike the views are worth it! Lots of color too!

8 months ago

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9 months ago

I would rate it as easy to slightly moderate. Beautiful views of Estes park in several spots along the mostly uphill trail. Nice mix of sunny and shady areas along the trail. Not many hikers on the trail on a Thursday morning. Was nice that there are no mountain bikers. Would do it again if it didn't cost $6 to enter. Nice campground though. The entrance fee only takes credit cards in a self service kiosk.

9 months ago

Stunning view from the top!