Lake Helene Trail

MODERATE 49 reviews

Lake Helene Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1400 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

snowshoeing

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wildlife

snow

no dogs

From Estes Park, take Hwy. 36 to the RMNP entrance, go to the Bear Lake Rd., turn left and follow it to the Bear Lake Trailhead.

20 days ago

awesome trail. great views of some nearby peaks that were snow covered or boulder strewn. after you reach the pinnacle of the trail you start a step descent on the side of the mountain that shows how steep of a drop it is.

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1 month ago

Great 360 views. Beautiful meadows. One of the best hikes in RMNP. Highly recommend good boots and trekking poles, especially across boulder field. Weather can change rapidly at this elevation. Be prepared and enjoy.

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2 months ago

Completed on 7/16 as a lite prep for Long's the next day, this trail perfectly fit the ticket. Got to Helene quickly enough with plenty of opportunities to enjoy and photograph Notchtop and Knobtop in solitude while the lake was still calm and reflective. I didn't find there to be many good seating areas to relax with views around Helene herself, but continuing just north toward Notchtop a bit there are spectacular rock outcroppings on which to recline on and read while overlooking the valley draining into Odessa, Fern, etc. Can't beat this as a lounge spot! Being inspired by this view I tacked on Odessa, which was a standard beautiful mountain lake, and returning to Helene decided to find Two Rivers Lake. This was the most fun of the route as there is no signage or obvious maintained trail, but several faint footpaths just prior to the trail fork to Odessa. Basically where Odessa forks right, walk 50 more paces and fork left, bush wack for a short bit, and Two Rivers will come into view. It is similar to Helene but slightly smaller, rockier, harder to navigate around, and with zero other people to share it.

The route is forested the entire way with occasional meadows yielding views and plenty of snow melt making this mushy and sometimes slippery. At one point a snow field still exists that makes it easy to lose the trail.

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3 months ago

7/15/17 This trail was worth every step! It was mostly shaded along the trail, stunning 360 views, and saw a deer. There is one big patch of snow where, if you're not careful, you can lose the trail. It slightly goes left...you go straight over it and follow the creek. Yak tracks recommended. I arrived at 7:30am and the lots were full. Had to go to the park & ride.

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3 months ago

3 months ago

Was amazing . Lot of snow residues when I went ( June 18)
Went completely off trail
Highly recommend hiking shoe for this one . Ended up wearing tennis shoe and made my life miserable to an extent

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4 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails in RMNP. Hiked 6/11/17. 99% of the trail was packed snow. I saw people with only tennis shoes on, however they were having a very, very hard time. I had hiking boots with heavy duty yak tracks, which I highly suggest. I could not find the trail to Odessa, due to snow. Beautiful views, very few people on the hike and perfect weather. If you take this trail soon, there is a portion where the paths in the snow split, do not take the higher path, which is icy and on the side of the mountain. Take the lower path and go through the trees, much more safe! I also suggest using an app or navigation to track your path as snow melts quickly and it can be difficult to find footprints.

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4 months ago

This had some of the best views I've ever seen! You definitely need yaktracks right now and trekking poles would be a big help. Although some of the trail is packed, I was falling through the snow a lot. It was completely worth it for all of the amazing views though. I even saw moose tracks! I'd definitely recommend this trail.

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5 months ago