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 is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.8 miElevation gain190 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingRunningLakePavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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A pleasant, multi-use, family-friendly trail around Lake Estes that offers great views of the valley. Although dogs are allowed, they are not allowed on a section of the trail. Accessibility: This trail is paved, smooth, typically at least five feet wide, and has an estimated mostly gentle grade of 5% except for steeper sections at about 0.6 miles and 2.0 miles. Wheelchair/mobility equipment and stroller users may need assistance in the steep areas. There is a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier along the trail. There are many benches around the Lake for resting. The trail or pier may be slippery in the winter due to snow or in the summer after thunderstorms.

Park at the Visitors Center in Estes Park

Estes Park Visitor Center 500 Big Thompson Avenue Estes Park, Colorado 80517 800-443-7837 , 970-577-9900

Take US 34 from the Loveland/Fort Collins area, or US 36 from Lyons. Park at the Visitors Center where these two highways intersect (southeast corner).

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Alyssa Zantello
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Quite windy on 4/7, but the sun was shining and the water is beautiful. Didn’t have time to do the whole loop so just did 1 mile out and 1 mile back staying away from the road side and toward the golf course side.

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Neal Mulville
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Karla Solis
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Kelly Koerber
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Paved, flat trail walk. Pretty busy but trail is wide so no problems. Beautiful views and the weather is amazing right now!

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lo withtheflo
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WalkingGreat!Icy

Well paved trail around the lake, with views of elk nearby grazing in the field. Lovely views of the mountains surrounding Estes and you can see the Stanley hotel from the path. Lots of picnic tables and benches around the lake to stop for a picnic. Lake Estes was beautiful, but a bit cold walking around the lake due to the breeze.

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Sharon Burgit-Balbuena
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Incredible views! My first very winter hike, WIND and ice blowing made for extra credit!

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Mick Patten
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Windy, sunny, awesome

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Dave Wehrs
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Cold! Didn’t get above 5F.

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Amanda Flageolle
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Jessica McMillan
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Beautiful day. Beautiful walk. Saw a huge herd of elk.

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Jessica Roach
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WalkingGreat!

Good easy walk

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Hector Pepper
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dog friendly. nice views. good path. paved. bike lanes. easy. medium traffic.

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Julie Osborn
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It's pretty! Nice that it is a concrete pathway all the way around, but it is more of a walk verses a hike. Really enjoyed our afternoon.

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Kristen Hays
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WalkingGreat!

Good views. Nice paved trail for those of us without winter gear. Our dog was able to come to.

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Eric Hollis
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Amazing views, not a challenging hike but well worth the trek.

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Barbara Lynn Lomker
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Crystal Burnett
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Leroy A
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Katie Nicpon
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great running path with views of the town and surrounding mountains!

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GregandJulie Farr
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Some nice scenery, some boring scenery-

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Theresa Joy
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Sam Teferi
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This is an amazing trail for an easy-going walk, however make sure the weather is not cold or windy as it can get very severe. 

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John L
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Nice long walking trail. Scenery is really nice halfway thru with stellar views of the lake and Stanley Hotel. Passed quite a few large family groups.

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Matt Deegler
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Lauren Mieszala
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Monica Tie
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Jerel Brandt
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Super windy today

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David Liu
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WalkingGreat!

Beautiful trail with views of lake, mountains, lodge, elk, fishermen and play grounds. Good running trail with exercise stations. Several parking lots along the trail for easy access.

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