Little Matterhorn

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Little Matterhorn is a 7.6 mile out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from June until October.

Distance: 7.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,805 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

rock climbing

lake

views

rocky

no dogs

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

This is a fun, decently easy hike if you're pretty fit. The ridge is a great little scramble, and gives tons of opportunities to make it more difficult if you like. The views are nothing short of spectacular either. However, I think the "moderate" rating is way off. To be fair, the hike itself is not that long, with a pretty manageable altitude gain. In that sense, yes it's a moderate hike. However, once you gain the final summit ridge, the scrambling and exposure are nothing to scoff at. you really do need to pay attention. There are many spots that can get you into serious trouble with bad route finding, or if exposure is something you're not ok with. The hike itself isnt that hard, but I think there should definitely be a disclaimer about the last bit of the ridge.

hiking
2 months ago

This was amazing, but DEFINITELY not moderate. It is a tricky one and not for beginners. This was my first rather exposed ridge and it really had me practicing my yoga breathing. The initial hike on the Lake Odessa trail is super mellow, then that ends and you have to route find your way to the bottom of little matterhorn. Once there, you scramble up a steep boulder field to get to the ridge. You take the ridge out to the final cairn...the last move is a chimney that is moderately exposed and SUPER skinny. Then you have to go back the same way you came. It is rather stunning up there.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great trail! Awesome views! Should be considered as hard. But very worth the journey.

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hiking
Friday, October 03, 2014

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