Mt. Esther Trail

HARD 46 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.

3.9 miles
1394 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash





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

Great burn at the beginning followed by serenity.

6 days 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!

1 month 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!

3 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.

4 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.

very beautiful hike

9 months ago

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

9 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.

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!

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