Lake Estes Trail

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Lake Estes Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
183 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A pleasant walk around Lake Estes offers views of the valley. There are many benches available around the lake to enjoy the panoramic views.

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful walking trail. We have done it as part of the Rocky Mountain National Park 1/2 Marathon.

walking
3 months ago

The Estes Lake Trail is not difficult, but it is beautiful and has 3 exercise points with around 30 different exercises available.

5 months ago

Very nice trail perfect for biking, walking, or running. Well maintained and easy to follow. Gorgeous views all the way around.

hiking
7 months ago

Beware of elk calving area . . . signs ;-) They were posted as "No Dogs Allowed", but then poop bag stations were all along the way. Dogs can swim in Lake Estes and there is a great dog park with agility course along the south side of the lake (technically this if just off the trail). Just walk through a tunnel to get there. A little too paved for my liking, but still pretty and fun.

walking
8 months ago

Nice, accessible trail around Lake Estes. Great for a family walk, with a nice variety of scenery and activities along the trail.

walking
Monday, September 26, 2016

A nice walk to do other than "shopping" on your day off from hiking or after a hike. Views of mountains, visit the marina, check out the dam, go by Wapiti Meadows where elk may spend the night, and possibly, as we did, have elk on the trail.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

I wouldn't consider this a 'hike'. Very easy walk and great views of the mountains if you can see past the electrical towers.

walking
Monday, August 01, 2016

Nice, easy paved route around lake.

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

We hiked all the way around the lake. Had some nice views. Very relaxing. Enjoyed it.

Friday, June 17, 2016

nice for a bike ride around the lake

walking
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Some beautiful views and dog friendly, which is t easy to find near Estes with so much of the land being the national park. Some not so good views if you do the full loop, power plant and backside of dam, but still worth it.

walking
Friday, June 10, 2016

Great trail for a leisurely stroll. Enjoyed the great scenery of Lake Estes.

walking
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Nice dog walk with flat sidewalk. Access to Lake. Wasn't too busy in March. Just bring sunscreen. :)

road biking
Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fun bike ride from the lodge (about 1.5 miles west of town) and around the reservoir. One morning we even ate an early breakfast at a nearby restaurant ("McDonald's") as part of the ride. The loop passes the Estes Park City Visitor Center where several helpful, friendly staff spend all day answering questions.

camping
Friday, January 25, 2013

If privacy is your thing when camping, this isn't the campground for you, but it's convenient to the trails and it's surrounded by beautiful pine-filled mountains and has all the amenities you could need--a bathroom, running water, fire pits, picnic tables, hookups, and tent pads.

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