Mt. Esther Trail

HARD 30 reviews
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Mt. Esther Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascade, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1417 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

Mt.Esther trail is a part of Ring the Peak trail system. Starting from Chipita Park it climbs up steeply through 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 passing through a mixed fores

hiking
18 days ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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!

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

great workout trail. highly recommend!

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

challenging for Flat Landers but attainable. Great views

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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.

backpacking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Friday, May 20, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

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.