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Ute Trail - Tombstone Ridge

EASY 98 reviews
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Ute Trail - Tombstone Ridge is a 5.6 mile moderately 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, walking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from June until September.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,912 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

2 months ago

Beautiful and easy trail. We unexpectedly got up close and personal with some elk and turned around at 1.5 miles.

hiking
5 months ago

WOW this trail is one of my favorite trails. i absolutely love the alpine tundra. one of the best things about this trail is watching thunderstorms and clouds roll over the mountains in the distance. some of the most amazing views i have ever seen. it is extremely rocky so watch your step and the high altitude and fast winds might make it difficult for some but the views are so worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail. Rocky at first then it eventually evens out more. Great views of the mountains. I only went about two miles, or so and turned around because we started late. No water sources that I came across. No snow. No bugs. Saw a few chipmunks. Great sunset views. Nice hike.

6 months ago

no way this is a easy kid friendly trail

hiking
6 months ago

great hike for acclimating. lots of solitude.

hiking
6 months ago

Great view at the tundra but the end of Ute trail (at the bottom) wasn’t all that special. Good workout though climbing back up to the tundra. Sunshine all day and very windy! Tracked my miles and it came to 5.96miles total.

hiking
7 months ago

As others have said, very tough parking depending on that day you attempt your hike. Also, you are very exposed so don't get stuck too far out if any storms are in the area. At 2 miles out, it gets pretty steep and really rocky. That might be the point to stop with kids. Stunning views.

hiking
7 months ago

I don’t know why the app says this trail is easy. It’s moderate-hard and the end is very steep. A beginner can do it, but still.
Great views though. I would do it again.

7 months ago

Right off road to alpine visitor center, parking can be tough.

Saw elk across the way at the start. Saw numerous marmots.

Views were great from the get-go. Just different being in the tundra. If you go to RMNP then do one tundra hike, this may be true easiest trail option. . Don't even have to do the whole trail, as the views might be the best in the beginning.

7 months ago

We did the trail from Trail Ridge to Beaver Meadows trail head, 6.5 miles, taking the descent down. The descent was very steep and rocky, fell twice but not injured. Not for kids...

hiking
7 months ago

Favorite alpine hike so far offering fantastic vistas. We stopped before the descent choosing instead to watch the elk and explore the point just to the south of the trail decent. Parking is indeed a problem but a few small pull-out areas just below on Route 34 were clear. Be prepared for wind with a light fleece and windbreaker with another layer available just in case the temps drop suddenly. The weather up there is always in flux up there.

hiking
8 months ago

Outstanding hike.You can do this in about 4 mile round trip and 700' elevation change. The hike is much more difficult than advertised due to high elevation and high wind speeds. The return hike up hill in 40-50 MPH winds is tough! That said totally worth it! Fantastic views all around plus no crowds! To view the RMNP valley area you do need to go all the way to where the trail starts decent down (2 miles out)

9 months ago

Beautiful but windy! Full of marmots!!

hiking
9 months ago

Easy trail with excellent views and lots of animals!

hiking
9 months ago

We are from Kansas and like to hike this trail first thing when we arrive at RMNP to help acclimate to the altitude faster as it's a high altitude trail but not strenuous. Stunning tundra views. Lots of elk and marmots out. The trail is rocky and above the treeline so it can get windy and cold -- bring good shoes and layers with a windbreaker or similar in order to stay comfortable, as well as sunscreen.

Recommend going early. We hit the trailhead at about 7:30 AM and by about 9:30-10:00 AM as we were leaving there were dozens of people milling around, especially near the first ~mile of the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Took this trail on 6/9 and the trail was great. Fantastic views of the peaks and lakes. Saw 2 elk it was a little hard to walk the trail bc there were so many different size rocks in the path and you had to step carefully so not to twist your ankle. Stunning views to look down on the lakes from above tree line. Very windy near mid day.

hiking
9 months ago

Did this trail on 6/7...beautifully rugged trail. Really cold, with strong winds. Bundle up!

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked this one on 6/4. It’s a really great tundra, ridge line trail. Has an even amount of uphill and downhill spots. The day we hiked the wind was intense so bring layers and wind breakers if planning to do it. Remember you’re above tree line for this. Over all the hike is easy to moderate, with quite a few rocky points. Took me about an hour to hike out to the tombstone ridge, and I go at an easy pace. I will say please stay on the trail even if rocky or muddy. Tundra terrain is very delicate. We saw a few hikers not walking on the trail, please don’t hurt the environment!

rock climbing
9 months ago

Hands down best trail! So peaceful and the view the entire time was majestic. Very rocky, so wear good shoes. It was easy-moderate for me (a beginner).

hiking
9 months ago

Did this hike on 6/3/18. Really enjoyed this one! Amazing views and relatively flat/easy. Turned around at the big descent point. Trail was not too busy. Enough parking for 8 or so vehicles at the trail head.

9 months ago

Great views & not difficult if you turn back before the descent.

hiking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Big payoff for little effort. Tundra hiking, rocky but little elevation gain. Spectacular views. Took the advise of other reviewers and stopped as it began to descend. Steady 30 mph winds with gusts to 50. Took about 2.5 hrs stoping often for pictures.

hiking
Friday, August 25, 2017

Good for an easy day hike with good views!! Views are beyond amazing. Rocky, so still need to wear good shoes. Chilly because it is above the tree line. Only caution would be to watch for the trail sign, it's pretty small.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Beautiful views on this trail. We were only able to go halfway until a storm approached quickly and had to turn around. Would love to do it again!

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Beautiful hike with soaring vistas.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Very easy.

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Stipulations on this hike. Cut it in half for sure. As you can see from the topo, there is a very steep drop off about half way. I would say it's a park the car, take a half hour to walk out along the ridge, and then go back to your car for a different hike that day-- there's no way I would go down that decline and then turn around and come back up. We planned to connect to beaver mountain trail and had a friend pick us up down in the valley-- that's the way to do it if you want to continue.

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Did half of this hike noon on Sunday, 7/9/2017.

As mentioned, only went as far as just before the valley. Some incline in the beginning of the hike, but nothing crazy. The trail is easy to follow, and is half dirt and half rocks. Not very crowded. Nice views of the park.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

One of my favorite hikes to date. Absolutely stunning views with light traffic. Little bit of an incline at the beginning but then the trail evens out till you get to the ridge. If you're looking for an easy hike to see the peaks and captures beautiful pictures then this hike is for you. If you"re wanting a little more of a workout, head down the ridge into the valley. Remember to stay on the trail as it is all tundra!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Beautiful hike and great chance of seeing herds of elk. We stop at the large pile of rocks before the decent into the valley.

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