Toll Memorial Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until September.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
154 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

walking

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

This trail and the ute trail are probably my two favorite trails ever. this trail is actually called the tundra communities trail. it has some beautiful rock/quartz formations but the best thing about it is being level with the clouds and watch the clouds roll over the weird landscape. its super eerie and beautiful. the moss and tundra plant beds are also beautiful and unique. its so colorful up close. its not a difficult trail but be prepared for the high altitude air if you arent used to it go slow stop and look around and enjoy the surroundings.

hiking
1 month ago

A fun hike that is worth the time. Dress warm with the wind. Educational signs. Some fun rocks to climb at the end (optional). Great view of Mt Chapin and some of the Alpine lakes. Can see Longs Peak and Alpine Visitors Center. Please stay on the trail. I asked some visitors from China to please respect the signs for Keep Off areas. Let’s all help each other keep it nice for the future.

1 month ago

Walked this on 9/20. We hadn’t researched it so we didn’t know what to expect, but it was probably the highlight of our day on the Trail Ridge. It was incredibly windy and cold. We got to the top and enjoyed climbing over the rocks up to the Memorial index. On the way down we saw a snow storm roll in. I thought it was rain coming towards us but it was snow pellets. Near white out conditions for about 15 mins. On our way back down a coyote crossed the path in front us, which was a surprise. We waited out the snow storm in the car. Really recommend, but prepare for the wind!!

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular tundra views for such a short, easy hike! A favorite location to bring our family & friends when visiting.

hiking
3 months ago

At over 12,000 feet not everyone would consider the uphill part of the trail easy. The views are spectacular. Of course there are too many people.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice jaunt to a high elevation view of the top of Trail Ridge Road and 360 degree view of the Rockies. Lots of cool tundra plants and flowers. Do the little rock scramble at the end to the actual memorial. See how many mountains you can pick out.

hiking
3 months ago

Doesn’t look very appealing from the beginning of the trail but we are so glad we stopped to hike this one. Very cool trail with mushroom rocks and a couple lookouts at the top of the trail. I thought the wild flowers everywhere were awesome. Climb up on the rocks for very cool views in all directions. Took us about 45 min from start to finish with about 15 min to check out the views from the top. Hiked July 11. One of the better trails we stopped at on trail ridge road.

3 months ago

Very enjoyable. Great break in a long car ride. Breathtaking scenery. The trail itself was an easy walk. Not a place to stop if you are looking for solitude, but if you like meeting people it’s amazing. Every time we were trying to take pictures someone would offer to help so we could get nice shots of all of us.

4 months ago

Short. Gorgeous. Easily accessible for those walking. Paved but bumpy. Amazing views.

walking
5 months ago

It’s an easy trail (if you want to call it one; it’s a paved walkway to the end), but the altitude might make it difficult for some. Completed this on 05/27/18. The views are spectacular! Definitely climb the rocks at the end to get some good views and to see the mountain index. It’s called Tundra Communities Trail on the sign and on the RMNP map.

5 months ago

Short but terrific trail with well designed informational panels describing the habitat. High altitude will make the trip a bit difficult for some, but is well worth the effort.

5 months ago

It’s a walk in the sky. Great views.
Fairly easy, short hike with informational plaques along the route. Near the end are several rock outcroppings that you can climb, and the “Trail Ridge Mountain Index” at the Toll memorial.
We saw a lot of marmots.

5 months ago

Fun trail, with neat payoff at the end

hiking
5 months ago

A beautiful trail at 12,000 ft. Steep in the beginning but levels later. We spotted a pika when we were here. It was already cold, but the wind when we were here made it feel colder than it would have been otherwise. Lot of informative markers along the trail. There was good amount of snow when we did the trail and the kids loved that.

hiking
Saturday, October 28, 2017

This is a wonderful paved trail across the open alpine tundra. It is a little steep at first, before quickly leveling out somewhat (climbing about 160 feet in elevation to a maximum height of roughly 12,300 feet...not much in terms of length or elevation gain, but the altitude makes its presence known). Be sure to stop for the many informative interpretive markers, and take the small side trail to see the unique Mushroom Rocks with a fantastic view on the far side across the TRR to Forest Canyon and Longs Peak in the distance (weather permitting). At the end of the trail, look for the plaque in the rocks dedicated to Roger Toll, an early RMNP superintendent. There is also a large geographical marker on top of the rocks. During our visit in late July, we saw several marmots and pikas along the trail, and bighorn sheep near the base of the trail at Rock Cut.

hiking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

It was a great little hike. We enjoyed the drive up past 12,000 ft!

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Great trail to spot Pika and Marmots

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Worth the eeffort to walk up to the top! Take time to read the plaques and learn about the area :)

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Overall, very pleasant and not too strenuous hike.

It was short, paved, scenic with the slightest bit of elevation gain and the occasional wildlife along the trail. The temperature sat around 45 F in mid-June, but winds make it feel a bit colder at this altitude. There's a rock at the end that you can climb up to get even more views (and higher winds).

hiking
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Short and easy paved trail. Biggest challenge is the elevation and temperature. Saw several people struggling for breath. Saw elk only 100' off the path, many marmots. Spectacular views. It was definitely heavily trafficked, but many seemed to give up before reaching the end and family and I had it all to ourselves for good 15 minutes.

hiking
Friday, April 22, 2016

The apex of TRR is at Rock Cut. At the end of June in 2004, the temperature was 35 degrees with a steady breeze. Thunderstorms approached and we hurried up the paved trail from the parking lot (1 mi. RT) to some huge boulders at the top. The trail flattens out after an initial climb. The Tundra World Nature Trail / Tundra Communities Trail features interpretive markers with interesting tundra plant and animal facts along the way. If not acclimated, you can feel the 12,110 feet elevation impact - the hike is worth every gasp - the alpine tundra is harsh, where winds can reach 150 mph, winter blizzards are frequent, and temperatures in midsummer frequently drop below freezing. We could see great views of the glacially carved peaks along the Continental Divide. At the top as a storm drew nearer we didn’t want to become lightning rods, so high-tailed it down. Just as we reached the parking lot and after viewing the lone alpine lake across the cavernous divide, the sky grew very dark and started hailing as we got in the car (really good timing). Great short hike with expansive views. Highly recommended.

hiking
Monday, February 01, 2016

Such a beautiful view. You feel like you're on top of the world. Easy trail but I would say the altitude slightly bothered me. My favorite part was the marmots! They are everywhere basking in the sun on the rocks- I love them, they are SO cute!

hiking
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Loved the views. Super easy short hike. Lots of people. Saw a marmot hanging out on a rock. Great sculpture at the top that tells you the elevation and location of other mountains.

hiking
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Low impact. Great views. The altitude gets to you, but the paved trail makes it easy.

hiking
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Short trail is not difficult however the altitude is a factor for lowlanders like me. Enjoyed the chance to see this area. We were fortunate enough to see a small group of mountain sheep in addition to several marmots.

Friday, August 08, 2014

This is an easy paved trail. At the terminus is a rocky outcropping. Be sure to climb it and check out the large bronze survey marker.

walking
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

This may be short...and paved...and crawling with people but its a great way to experience the subtleties of the alpine tundra. Wildflowers, amazing views of the snow capped Rockies, yellow bellied marmots and elk not to mention all the tiny bits of life clinging to the alpine floor. Go for the education if nothing else.

hiking
Monday, January 06, 2014

Outstanding views of the RMNP. Interpretative signs along the paved trail.
Easy hike that provides a close up view of the alpine tundra environment. It is located at Rock Cut near the top of Trail Ridge Road.

hiking
Monday, June 24, 2013

Short and easy. Starts just a tad strenuous and uphill but after the initial steep part the trail completely flattens out and it's easy walking. You really get to see the environment up close. Stop after about halfway to the "mushrooms" to the right and a good view. Continue on to the end of the trail and to the rock outcrop. Climb on up for a spectacular 360 degree view of Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park. Up top you'll also find the Trail Ridge Mountain Index, a large metal dial marking the directions of all the major mountains and peaks in a 60 mile radius. Make sure to listen for the marmots chirping as well. Well worth your time. Bring a light pullover even in the summer months.

hiking
Sunday, August 19, 2012

This trail, now called the Tundra Communities Trail, is more of a walking trail than a hiking trail, but hikers who are looking for a good overview of the alpine tundra region will still find this trail very rewarding. The trail provides views of several peaks and provides opportunities to observe alpine tundra rock formations and plant and animal life. If you have never been to Rocky Mountain National Park before, it is definitely worth spending thirty minutes to an hour here.

The trail is suitable for hikers of all ability levels since it is paved and has only a slight change in elevation. However, since the trailhead is above 12000 feet, it is best to hike this trail after spending a day or two at lower altitudes.

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