Lilly Lake to Estes Cone Loop

HARD 12 reviews
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Lilly Lake to Estes Cone Loop is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Beaver Point, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,549 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

forest

lake

views

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Take Storm Pass trail beginning on the south side of the Lilly Lake parking lot. The trail winds its way up through the forest and provides an occasional glimpse of Longs Peak. The junction to the top Estes Cone is marked with good signage and can't be missed. After you join the Estes Cone trail the route becomes much more difficult. The trail is hard to make out but if you follow the cairns you will make it to the top. Be prepared to scramble the last few hundred feet.

3 months ago

Started from lily lake, and decided on the spot to hike the storm pass trail. After 3 miles, seeing the Estes cone 0.7miles, so why not summit it. Literally rock climbing, but at the end. Worth it! Estes cone summit

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4 months ago

Not my favorite trail in RMNP. Lots of rock/boulder steps & pretty steep throughout. Not unstable, just steep until the end when you're forced to scramble up a boulder field to the top which we decided to pass on due to weather. Some great views of Longs Peak along the way though. Probably won't do this one again though. Too many other trails to tackle!

hiking
4 months ago

Hard all the way to the top but worth it for the views from up there!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome views at the top make it worth the last 0.7 mike scramble. Arrived 6:30am and plenty of parking still available by Lily Lake (it’s a small lot though so any later and may have been full).

The lake is lovely and flat, we did a circuit through the valley behind the lake as well, which was easy and lightly trafficked.

The last scramble to the top is pretty well marked with cairns, but tough, though as I said, the 360 views are so worth it.

6 months ago

Very good hike: good trail, good views, a little scramble at the top. More people than I expected on a weekday, but they were mostly from the LP trailhead.

6 months ago

I love the awesome view from the summit. This trail is one of my favorite and have been hiking it for the last 18 years.

recorded Estes cone.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017