Lily Mountain Trail

MODERATE 226 reviews

Lily Mountain Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1253 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

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.

16 days ago

Loved this trail! Steep at times for a challenge, but quick enough for a half day trip. Views at the top of short scramble were incredible. Off the beaten path and super quiet (not much parking at the trailhead, plan accordingly). Snowpack was melting so it made the trip out a little slippery, but doable in just boots.

hiking
18 days ago

Fantastic trail with incredible views all the way to the top. Covered in snow on 2/4, but was fine in boots, didn't even use spikes. My 10 year old daughter made it to the summit, so can you. Worth it.

hiking
19 days ago

Great views for such a short hike. A couple inches of snow made trail finding tricky at times but didn’t need spikes. Incredibly windy at the top.

26 days ago

Dog friendly, not actually in the national park. Have to walk down 7 to get to the trailhead. Parking at Lily Lake. Lily Lake not dog friendly as it is in national park.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Dog friendly.

hiking
3 months ago

Go to the peak for the Pics. Well worth it. Watch out for the wind. Well worth the 2.5-3 hours depending on how long and often you stop.

4 months ago

Lilly mountain summit has very spectacular views! The sign near the TH says 2 miles. I actually thought it was a long 2 miles with its nearly 1500' elevation gain and loss..surprised to see trail guides stated 3.8 round trip.
some minor scrambling to an exposed summit....
BTW Dogs are allowed! So all trails into needs an update on dogs.. go do it .. an overlooked great little hike

4 months ago

Lilly mountain trail is listed ln the estes park guide book "One of the 5 best trails to take your dog on".
Published March 2017.
Recommended as such by staff at the YMCA in Estes

4 months ago

dogs are not allowed!!!

5 months ago

I love this hike! Perfect to wear out an energetic pup!! As some others have said the top gets a little scrambley but overall so fun

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful view from the top! The trail is very well maintained, it's just a little tricky to find the best way to the very top. Lots of scrambling involved.

5 months ago

Hard to find the top. But amazing when you get there!! Great trail for pups.

5 months ago

Started at 11:30am and got to the top at 1pm with plenty of short breaks. We were at the top by ourselves for ~30 mins and got back to our car by 3:30pm. Definitely took us longer than expected!

hiking
6 months ago

Great views and it wore out my energetic puppy! Go early if it's going to be hot.

6 months ago

Great views from the top and a little hard to find the actual top! Pretty easy until last 1/3 mile then a bunch of steep steps and a little climbing at the top. Very fun! We actually got off track on the way up and went a good mile off course!

hiking
6 months ago

The view was Amazing ! 360 View of the Estes Park and Rocky Mountains.
Definitely Moderate, the end of the trail is not marked at all therefore it was hard to find a way up to the top of the rock. Worth all the Sweat 100%!

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this trail! Would definitely do it again

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this hike! Not terribly long but definitely moderate and above. There are some really steep stretches and a decent rock scramble to the top, but the views are well worth the climb.

6 months ago

Beautiful summit. Lots of nice scenic overlooks along the way up. Very enjoyable!!

hiking
6 months ago

The view from the top is breathtaking!! It's a great hike to the top, lots and lots of stairs and then some boulder scrambling to the top but it's so worth that full 360 view!

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