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Lily Ridge Trail

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Lily Ridge Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from February until November.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 196 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

lake

views

no dogs

hiking
10 days ago

Fun trail for the kids that want to go up on the rocks and climb with an option to stay on level ground around the lake for younger kids

hiking
13 days ago

Good begin herb trail fun with great views

hiking
13 days ago

Great little trail with beautiful views and rocks for kids to scramble on. Trail also gives you options for choosing your own path, which was a nice bonus for us.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice trail. Great views.

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rocky
28 days ago

really fun it was a little confusing going back down to the lake because of lack of trail definition bit really easy and nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail and quiet on a Saturday!

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning views and quiet trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike up with my two sons! Beautiful day! Beautiful views! Met nice people! Great view of Longs Peak too!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The first part of the hike has several steps, but it’s well worth it. We saw a moose having brunch and bear tracks in the snow.

hiking
2 months ago

Great starter trail! Fairly easy and very enjoyable! Amazing scenery!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with nice views, but easy effort. Good walk for those acclimating to elevation, or with needing easy route. Views still wonderful!

hiking
3 months ago

Came out and a blizzard started our hike, but we ended with partly sunny!! The trail it's too bad. Hard to tell where it was at times because of snow, but we followed the foot prints in the snowy areas. It had AMAZING views!!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail for a quick walk with families, can climb up the rocks to the right of the lake (when looking from the entrance) to get a great view.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy loop trail. The lake is frozen so it was very beautiful from the upper ridge. Steep climb when you go to the right first initially but short lived.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. A little steep but short and rewarding! Saw lots of cute muskrats swimming around in the lake.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail for a family hike! Much more interesting than just going around Lily Lake. My friend and I did this with our 6, 5, and two 3 year olds and they walked the whole way and really enjoyed climbing on all the rocks and the variety of the terrain.

10 months ago

Short, great for children, stroller friendly

hiking
11 months ago

Basically a very slightly harder -- but still not hard -- version of the Lily Lake Trail. Rather than simply walk around the lake, you go up a few dozen feet and see the lake (and Longs) from above. Good choice for families with young kids. The Lily Lake parking lot is small and fills quickly, but there's additional parking across the street for the Twin Sisters Peak Trail. Didn't see much wildlife this time but got lucky and saw a young moose here a few years ago.

hiking
Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Fun quick hike up and then finished around the lake. Saw an otter and lots of ducks which the kids liked.

hiking
Friday, June 22, 2018

Really nice and pretty easy. My little 4 year old did it with no problem. Took one star because sometimes it was hard to find the trail.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Saturday, September 02, 2017

Much more rewarding views than just going around the lake. Highly recommend for a short walk/hike. Kids would enjoy this. This does not mean it would be easy for all.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

There was a terrible SNAKE! Otherwise, a wonderful short trail.

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Beautiful but definitely not "easy", more moderate. My senior mom struggled, as did I with a baby in a carrier, although we both exercise regularly and live at altitude. Steep in parts. I'd do this again but with my husband carrying our son instead.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Excellent view of Long's Peak

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

We love this mini hike! We always do it our first day to get used to the altitude. The lake is beautiful with incredible 360 views. The trail up the ridge gives phenomenal views for little effort. I recommend going left around the lake and joining the trail on that side, it's a much more gradual incline.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Great easy trail, lots of wildlife around the lake.

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Nice easy walk on a well maintained trail around the lake. The dirt trail along the ridge is well kept but a few might find the inclination (especially on the east side) somewhat difficult. The path to the top is not well maintained and will have you scrambling and pausing frequently to catch your breath. Overall, it is a scenic, fun, and short hike with many photo opportunities.

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