Lily Lake is a 1.3 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.

Distance: 1.3 km Elevation Gain: 14 m Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice easy walking trail. Perfect for watching sunrise or after dinner in the summer time to avoid the heat. Good early morning spot for catching a moose!

hiking
4 days ago

Great easy hike with other trails around it. Had a great morning there!

hiking
8 days ago

RMNP opening back up. Parking lots open at Lilly Lake.

hiking
closed
13 days ago

We drove by this yesterday and cars were there but the lot is barricaded and you can see yellow tape trying to keep people out. A ranger truck actually pulled off at the lot but I don’t know if he went in to look for people .The same thing for the TwinSisters lot across the street.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy - and definitely glad I brought my spikes.

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

Great trail. Very easy. Glad I brought my spikes but not too icy to handle. Can’t wait to do it in the summer or fall. The views are beautiful.

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

hiking
snow
3 months ago

This is a great trail for snowshoeing. The wind started to pick up closer to afternoon, but it was still manageable. We took the trail around the lake and then jumped on Lily Ridge trail for a little more exercise and million dollar views. The trail was completely snow covered and hard to follow, but it’s not long so we figured it out. Parking was not a problem at 10:30 am, and there is a bathroom at the trailhead. Normally I choose longer, more challenging trails but this one was so scenic that I will be sure to return!

hiking
icy
snow
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. We had just arrived in Estes but wanted to get out there before the sun went down. This trail was perfect for that. Took about 30min maybe. Easy pathed walk with some off shoots to play on if you want. Great views as well.

hiking
icy
snow
6 months ago

Awesome walk around a frozen lake lots of birds. A little icy but doable in normal shoes.

icy
snow
7 months ago

a beautiful walk! even during the winter the trail is easy to navigate. definitely interested in checking out some of the longer trails that Branch out!

hiking
icy
snow
7 months ago

Lovely lake even in the winter. Nice calm trail close to the road.

hiking
7 months ago

omg... do not get off the path at night. You will never find it again unless you are on the EZ trail running around the lake.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is very busy as other reviews said. We went around lunch time but were able to park, there’s constantly cars going in and out. It is free to park and there are restrooms as well as a visitor center. That being said this lake is totally worth stopping at. The trail is well done and maintained. The views are incredible and it’s a great warm up for RMNP. Also the trailhead for Storms Pass is off the parking lot so you can explore some of that for more solitude.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous !

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous !

hiking
8 months ago

Very busy on the weekends very accessible tho!

hiking
8 months ago

A beautiful and easy trail. My 3 small children (ages 4, 4, & 2) love this short stroll looking for ducks, chipmunks, and muskrats. It’s a favorite for our family. We go 3 times a year.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a surprisely lovely trail considering it's right on the side of the road. It's a nice easy stroll with a great view.

hiking
8 months ago

Actually this was Wild Basin trail to Copeland Falls, using Lily Lake downloaded map

hiking
8 months ago

Perfect day for a stroll around the lake with National Parks group from Santa Clara U class of 1970. Saw ducks, salamander, beaver, ducks.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy path but dramatically beautiful. Gorgeous view of Twin Sisters.

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