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Lily Mountain Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 1,282 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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Getting There

The view from the top is absolutely incredible, making the steep climb every bit worth it at the end. Depending on the time of year, the top can be icy and slippery so come prepared with traction or poles.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Directions from Estes Park: Go south on Hwy 7 about 5.8 miles. Just before the 6 mile marker there is a small pull-off area by the trailhead sign. Be careful because parking space is limited and the pull-off sits just off busy Hwy 7.

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Hannah Satterfield
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Teya Jacobi
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Hiking

Was amazed at most folks going up this steep trail after noon in the heat of the day! Really doesn't cool off until you are at the summit, and rewarded with panoramic views and cool breezes. Arrived at 9 a.m. and there were 6 cars and those people were already descending. At 1:30pm cars were all along the road (not much parking at the TH).

Mike Dwyer
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Hiking

1st off: Dog people, we appreciate you bagging the dog shit. We don't appreciate the baggies left on the trail. Pack it out! I covered for 2 of you. Good trail. Map My Walk measured it at 4.3 miles r.t. It's a pretty clear trail, well built with logs and large rocks. Tree branches and an occasional cairn indicate the main trail. This is a dry trail (at this time of year.) The lower half is more exposed to the (morning) sun and changes vertical direction often. The level sections are fairly sandy. At the midpoint, there is a detour to a rock outcropping with great views of the Estes valley. The trail takes a sharp turn and climbs steadily to the top, except that the last quarter mile is a welcome level section. Much of the upper trail is rock stairways and sand, gravel, and broken rock flats. At the end of the trail, the summit is reached by scrambling up a boulder face. Directions are not clear. At one point there is a distinct choice of going left or right. I went left and reached a higher point than folks who went right. The left route may be the more difficult of the two. The views from either are nearly identical, fantastic, and well worth the extra effort!

Katie Cullen
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Hiking

This is one of our new favorite trails! There are views and fun lookout spots all along the way, and a great time was had by all. As people mention, the last 1/4 of the hike was very steep, but the breathtaking views were worth hearing our kids whine about how hard it was :). Even Estes, our 5 month old puppy enjoyed this hike and appreciates the dog-friendly trail.

Kirsten Costedio
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Hiking

Beautiful views at the top and wildflowers along the way!

Taylor Paavola
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Hiking

This trail was very steep the majority of the way up. I’m in pretty good shape and had a difficult time toward the end. However, the views at the top are absolutely worth it. It can be easy to get off trail but people have laid down logs.

Thomas Pinney
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A favorite trail, but it can be tough. Uphill with lots of rocks and a tough scramble at the summit. Still, worth the hard work to get up.

Joe Fleming
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No fee, no restroom, but just down the road there are restrooms at Lily Lake. This 2 mile trail can FOOL you if you aren't geared for it. You're starting at a whooping 8,600 feet and ending 1,200 feet higher. Bring plenty of water/Gatorade, good hiking shoes, hiking poles, and head gear to block the sun. We, and many other hikers took frequent breaks due to the elevation. Please follow the trail and do NOT cross a trail where there's a log/tree blocking it. That means it's not the correct trail. Always give the right of way to the uphill hiker per guidelines. It's pretty difficult at the very top as the rock scramble isn't real clear. Look for a wooden sign pointing you to the right. It took us 3.5 hours including a brief picnic at the top. Parking is minimal.

Stephen Savage
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Hiking

This trail has good views, but it's quite steep. Half of my hiking party wasn't able to complete this trail and they weren't terribly out of shape.

Alexis Heiland
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HikingRockyScramble

Super easy to get off trail, and we did nearly right away. Once we found the cairns we were good to go...the rule of “don’t go over any logs” was helpful. Definitely a bit of a scramble to the top but an easy one.

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Dylan Culp
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It was a great hike! There are some spots that the Cairns show you the way, but great views, worth every step! Saw some people climbing the peaks around, but I would recommend getting there early due to limited parking space that’s close, was pretty full by the time we got down.

Julie Johnson
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Hiking

Hiked this trail with my two small dogs and it kicked our butts! Last 1/4 mile is straight up! Also. lots of off shoot trails you can easily get lost on. Overall beautiful day and very pleassnt hike.

Alex M
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HikingRockyScramble

Got there around 7:30am and there was plenty of parking - and only saw about 3 people the entire way to the top. The trail starts out easy and then progressively gets more challenging. Lots of loose gravel and rocks until you get to the last 0.2 mile where it’s more of a rock scramble; some forest but lots of sunny spots and dead trees. The view at the top is totally worth it though - panoramic view of the valley. LOTS of people on the way down, so I’d get their early to get a viewing spot when you get to the top. Overall, giving 3 stars because I usually like more of a scenic hike with green vegetation, but gorgeous view at the end.

Vincent Maffett
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Andy Culler
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Amanda Kurtz
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HikingRockyScramble

Loved this hike! The views at the top are beautiful and it only took us 3 hours total. The first mile is pretty easy but the last half is all uphill. You have to scramble a bit to get to the top which wasn’t too bad but definitely take your time. The quick elevation change could cause headaches so take some ibuprofen beforehand to avoid that. Overall totally worth it!

Hannah Forsythe
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This trail is incredibly beautiful and the top of the mountain is gorgeous however I think that it should be stated that it’s pretty easy to get off trail on this path. I myself got a little off path at the very top which was scary for a little bit and I did see at least 3 to 4 other groups of people that ended up off trail as well so just make sure to pay very close attention to where you’re going and I would highly suggest downloading the AllTrails map so you know if you are to get off trail where to go to get back on.

Andy Youso
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Hiking

I used the "shortcut" to bypass the part that follows the road. limited parking but definitely worth it.

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Conner Meeks
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Hiking

Excellent hike! Great views atop the mountain!

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Lauren Endres
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HikingRocky

Great trail and slightly challenging. Anybody can complete the trail. Beautiful mountain views!!

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