Mt. Esther Trail

HARD 43 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1394 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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

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1 month 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.

2 months ago

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.

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4 months ago

very beautiful hike

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7 months ago

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

7 months 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.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

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

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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!

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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.