Mills Lake via Glacier Gorge Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
836 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

1 month ago

Beautiful. We were on our way up to Sky Pond and decided to stop here along the way thanks to fellow hikers.

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2 months ago

This was an awesome trail, especially with the leaves starting to change. We headed up to Mills Lake and decided to keep going to Black Lake. While Mills Lake is clearly the more spectacular lake, the hike up to Black Lake was really beautiful. The path gets a little rocky at times (coming from a Midwesterner), but we made it round trip in about 4.5 hours with stops at both lakes.

hiking
2 months ago

Ok, I now have a new favorite trail. We intended to go past Mills Lake up to Black Lake but nature said otherwise. We passed Mills and turned around at Jewel Lake as a thunderstorm set in on us. Nevertheless, we loved the trail. Many majestic views up and down the valleys. Aspen are starting to take on color. The waterfalls and cascades in Glacier Gorge were running well due to the rain the last few days. The trail is steady up but not difficult. Just take your time and enjoy.

2 months ago

Pretty trail. Not terrible difficult. Steady incline to the top. You can start at the Black Lake or Glacier George Trailhead.

Sky Pond is way better and I would definitely recommend it over this hike.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

I give this 5 stars despite the super heavy traffic in the beginning. It really tapers down once you get past the big waterfall.
I did this today and ran a lot of it. It was not too challenging as far as incline. I’d say easy-moderate.

The 5 Stars is because mill lake was just stunning! The trail leading up to mill lake really was just gorgeous....those Rocky Mountain Views with the clouds sweeping over them, just glorious!

hiking
4 months ago

For beginners this trek is completely worth the hike. Trail is along a diverse terrain and the view is great from various spots. Keep your snapping device ready for great pictures. The view of the mountains from the lake is magnanimous and you can do fishing in the lake in the lap of the Rockies. Definitely a 5 star coz of 5.6 miles round trip from Glacier Gorge trail head is totally worth the time and effort.

hiking
4 months ago

Mills lake is one of the best thing to see around that area. Do it! If the hike is too short, easy to add more. But this is the minimum!

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5 months ago

Great hike. You pass Alberta falls on the way. The views past Alberta falls are absolutely incredible. I saw tons of elk on the trail at dawn. Make sure to go around mills lake to jewel lake as it’s just on the opposite side of mills lake. Jewel lake is prettier.

5 months ago

hiked this trail 6/13/16. proposed to my now wife at Mills Lake. its a beautiful hike.

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5 months ago

If you hate crowds but love views, this is your Hike!! Incredible views, great place to enjoy a beer and hear distant waterfalls flowing. Get to the glacier gorge trailhead EARLY!! However, you can park at the bear lake trailhead and use the trails to get to the lake, just follow signs!! Bring plenty of water. There's no snow to worry about on the trail

hiking
5 months ago

Great walk with a beautiful lake at the end! There was still some snow on the trail on 5/26 but we made it easily with regular hiking boots.

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