Mount Esther Trail

HARD 63 reviews
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Mount Esther Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Green Mountain Falls, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.2 miles
1,548 feet
Out & Back

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The Mount Esther trail is a part of the Ring the Peak trail system. Starting from Chipita Park it climbs up steeply through a series of switchbacks for just under a mile. Once you reach the top you will enter a nice mountain meadow. Turn right and continue through a mostly flat area with mixed forest. Hikers can continue on to Crystal Creek Reservoir. Parking is very limited at the trailhead.

25 days ago

Great hike. Steep in the beginning but evens out.. beautiful and varied views from thick forest to open meadows.

2 months ago

Nice trail up to sections 2/3 of Ring The Peak- parking is not great- you park along the dirt road. Steep at the beginning but nice meadow at top.

3 months ago

Great park...difficult terrain at times. Beautiful views.

3 months ago

Nice hike - decent incline at the beginning and gradually gets easier. Kept going for about 7 additional miles on Ring the Peak trail headed north west. It was fun to see the back of Pikes Peak!

3 months ago

stand atop boulder at top, take in Pikes directly South. The Rockies to the NW
great place to Airbnb- chipita park, Cascade Falls.

4 months ago

the parking is pretty crappy but once you get on the trail you realize pretty fast how steep it is. It's a long accent but at the top the views are top notch

6 months ago

Fun and well-managed trail with a steep gradient and beautiful views that make it all worth it.

7 months ago

Great burn at the beginning followed by serenity.

8 months ago

Great trail! Steep on the way up, so it’s a tough workout. But the trail is easy to follow, it’s easy to keep footing, nothing technical or tricky it’s very doable. And the meadow at the top is beautiful!

9 months ago

Steep hike at first! The trail sort of ends at the top of the mountain. Take it to the right (West) and you’ll be on the Ring the Peak trail section 2-3. Here are some beautiful rock formations a couple miles further, and the RtP trail offers amazing views of Pikes. Very very sparse water for dogs!

11 months ago

It was not as bad as I thought it would be but I ended up taking a left at the top of the switchbacks and went to manitou reservoir and continued to barr camp and came back ending with exactly 20 miles. I posted my trip even though I didn’t technically stay on the path to crystal lake.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

If you start from Chipita, turn right at the first marker for the Ring of the Peak trail and then left at the second RTP sign. Decent look at the Peak from the top.

Monday, June 26, 2017

very beautiful hike

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ABSOLUTELY No parking whatsoever!
Expect to park at least 5 miles away from this trails' Head.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tough, steep hike with not much of a view. It is rated as "difficult" with good reason: the initial climb is very steep, and even the switchbacks are steep and gravelly.

We took a right at the top on the Ring the Peak trail and wandered down to the reservoir, which had great views, but that route adds another ~8-10 miles to the hike, out and back.

Probably won't feel the need to do this one again unless we get a ton of time off from work and want to backpack the Ring the Peak.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Great hike. Beginning is pretty steep. Can't wait to do this one in summer and see everything green.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Love this hike! Went up yesterday with kids aged 10mo, 5yrs, 7yrs, a dog, and a husband. Everyone made it up and out alive. Kids can't get enough of the giant rocks and the meadow up top is picnic perfection. If you're without kids and in pretty good shape, it's a great run challenge. Never fails to disappoint!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Just got back off the hill with my training Instructor/Guide Clint Crosgrove. It was a challenge to the top but it was nice. If you want a work work this is the trail and the Aspen are just golden up there. It was windy in the meadows so we cut the ring short. But you got to love the Ring the Peak trails,as a beginner to hiking t felt like 5 boot but once on top all you can say is I am Done with a smile.

Monday, September 12, 2016

great workout trail. highly recommend!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Excellent trail, limited parking. Steep grade in the start. We really enjoyed this trail and the terrain.

Friday, September 02, 2016

challenging for Flat Landers but attainable. Great views

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Trail was a lot easier 15 years ago! Great climb and the views at the top are unbeatable.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Loved this hike! Lots of rocks to boulder on that run alongside the trail in the meadow. I hung out at the reservoir at the top, which was lovely.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Good hike. tough at first. I recommend it. the meadow and the view of pikes peak is amazing.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Serious incline at the beginning, but worth it when you reach the upper meadows. All the reviews were accurate.

Friday, April 29, 2016

This trail is awesome and though I have hiked this many times, I have not seen any river like the app calls out. There is a creek if you take the right fork in the trail once you reach the top. About a tenth of a mile from the top, there is a rock outcroping that allows you to see Woodland Park, Colorado and Manitou Springs. at the top, the trail opens up into a beautiful Aspen meadow.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Nice trail! The directions on the app dropped me right at trailhead. As noted, the first mile is a fairly intense ascent. After that it opens up to a beautiful meadow and is fairly flat until a few more ascents in mile 3.. The meadow trail isn't very wide so for that reason id wear pants as the meadow came up to my elbows in most parts. The trail is well marked with the Ring the Peak trail markers. I'm also not sure if this trail has been added on to since many of these reviews? I got about 3.20 miles in and still hadn't reached any kind of "top" and looked to be going back down on the other side of the mountain, so I found a spot with a good view to rest and have a snack before turning around. Great smells, sights, and sounds once you get past mile 1. I only ran into 3 other ppl on the trail. Well worth it!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Great trail! Tough climb for the first mile but opens into aspen meadow at the top. Plenty of wildlife during the hike. Didn't make it to Mt Esther, but hiked three miles of 'ring the peak trail'

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The first part is almost 1,000ft of switchbacks to the top. Right before the top there is a large rock with incredible views of the entire valley and beyond. once you make the top it is totaly worth the steep climb. We hiked this trail when the aspens were turning and there was a great area at the top of the aspens. Will be making this hike again in the future. We took our 3 children with us who are 10, 7, and 5 and they made the hike. Definitely worth it. Due to time we didnt spend much time at the top before we had to head back down.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Great hiking trail, pretty steep switchback in the beginning, reminds me of the incline. Once you reach the top, amazing views and it levels out to an open meadow to the Pikes Peak ring trail. The map to the trail head on the site takes you to Moosa which is a dead end, go to Kulsa and head right that will take you to mountain road. The trail head is on the left and is easy to miss.

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