McGregor Ranch Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

2.5 miles
859 feet

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

Friday, July 28, 2017

This is a climb, not a hike. It is very unmarked throughout, though there are "clues" thanks to other generous hikers. Much of it is spent climbing on and around rocks, with dead pine needless everywhere. The views were pretty towards the end, but unless you are prepared to thoroughly and properly climb in hiking boots, it's not worth it.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The picture for this trail is misleading as it is a picture of Gem Lake. We followed directions from the app to the trail head. The McGregor trail is not posted at the trailhead. Gem Lake is a completely different rated hike.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Wonderful hike/stroll. Perfect for active 8yo and 5yo. Lovely views. Great view of twin owls.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Well maintained for a fairly high traffic trail. Good inclination . Kid friendly! Lots of wildlife to view.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Lovey walk. Did it with my parents (in their 70s) and my toddler (2.5yrs). Only hiked about 1/2 mile in and then back out (see above companions for why) but the scenery was lovely and it was pleasant interesting terrain and well maintained.
As a warning, the name was different at the trailhead, but as we hiked we were clearly following this route.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

amazing! walked the 10 miles in 6 hours and feel kinda sore. lots of scenery and changing elevation. Weather changed 4 times from heat to rain to wind back to heat. Be prepared lots of water and change of clothes

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Really beautiful views. Terrain goes up and down moderately. This trail is very sunny and can be very warm walking. Lumpy ridge views are interesting and awe-inspiring. Great panorama of Estes.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

So far very much worth it! Love the boulder overlooking dtwn Estes Park.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Some of the most beautiful views I have seen this close to a trail head and on easy terrain. This is hike I will return to over and over again. Twin Owls on one side and snow capped mountains on the other, breathtaking!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Good trail with quite a few options to take you in other directions. My suggestion would be to take a picture with your smartphone of the trail map from he trailhead. I did the loop plus Bridal Falls, but you just double back about 1.2 miles to Cow Creek trail to continue on the loop towards Black Canyon. I also suggest going right at Lumpy Head as this provides you quick views of downtown Estes on the way to Gem Lake.

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