Little Matterhorn [CLOSED] is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October.

Length7.6 miElevation gain2805 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingForestLakeViewsRockyScrambleClosedFeeNo dogs
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Note: As of October 2020, this area is closed due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm Rocky Mountain National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $25 per vehicle/motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70.

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Roxy Whalley
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last part of ridge should be rated hard. There is a narrow ledge big enough for toes only and sheer drop off, and a big crack to jump across with sheer drop to gain the second and true summit. Not just a moderate walk. also, the scramble up can be challenging because no rock is flat and it hard to find a level spot to stand. maybe easier now, I did it years ago when there was no trail or even Cairns to mark the way.

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kitty mow
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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.

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Natalie Cotela
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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.

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

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Andrew Wolfsont
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Kate Davis
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Adam A
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Anne Sutherland
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Ashley Carter
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Taylor Johnston
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Benjamin Jooste
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Benjamin Jooste
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Natalie Kim
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Michael Nelson
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