Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Estes Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Love this hike for the 360 degree view at the top. We did it Day 1 after coming from little altitude. It was tough - would’ve like to acclimate more beforehand. Definitely worth it though.

hiking
2 days ago

Fun hike with a rewarding view at the top

hiking
4 days ago

5/21/18 Well marked trail. Nice views off and on, spring wild flowers, and nice rock formations. Last 1/10 of a mile you will rock scramble up to the top. Amazing 360 views. Lots to see given a short 2 mile hike up.

Trail had outstanding views, there were only a few other people on the trail today. Be sure to check for ticks, i didnt have on any repellent, but i had on long pants tucked inside boots and long sleeve shirt and when i got back to the cabin i had a tick on my neck.

We set out early on 05/19/2018. Parked at trailhead off road N 40 19.153. W 105 32.478. Very grey overcast day, trail a bit hard to follow at first for a couple of newbies, but made the trek with no problems. The fun was within 75 feet of the top, A bit of creative rock climbing involved, but we made the top even with inadequate footwear! Totally in the clouds today with no view but had the top to ourselves, with the exception of a couple of ground squirrels, for 40 minutes. Saw maybe a dozen hikers on the trail. Got back to vehicle just before a bit of rain.
Left with a sense of accomplishment !!!
(For most of the trek we had cell coverage unlike most of the trails in RMNP proper.)

A beautiful and moderately challenging hike. Not the hardest in Estes, but well worth the view at the top.

Tough. But stunning once you are on the rocks.

Read the reviews - they give great directions for following the tail.

hiking
14 days ago

This is truly a hidden gem that has a great view at the top!

The View-
Along the first half of the trail you can spur off onto some outcroppings and get a nice view of highway 7 and the southern portion of Estes. At the top you can see for miles! Clear line of sight of Longs Peak and a full 360 view of other mountains in the area.

The Trail-
Dogs allowed on leash. No snow the entire way and it took about an hour one way. The trail isn’t very well maintained has large rocks and roots sticking out along the trail, so watch out! There’s a few times along the trail where it was hard to tell if you’re on the right path, so have a map or GPS. Towards the top you’ll need to climb over large boulders and it can be a little technical for some. There’s not a whole lot of room for big crowds at the top but the view is great!

Parking-
There’s not a whole lot of parking available, it’s whatever you can find along the side of the road. If it’s packed you can find more parking downhill (north) from the trail head along the highway. During the warmer months there’s a lot of traffic along the road so be careful!

Hiked 5/11 excellent hike! Pretty challenging, but worth it. The end involves finding your own way up through some pretty steep rocks so be prepared. No snow on the trail and dry. The view is amazing, full 360 if RMNP one of the best views I’ve had short of 14er’s

5/10/18 Start: 12:45PM Great views of Estes Park from the top! Worth such a short trek. We ran about half up and ran all the way down- great workout! Enjoy.

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful scenery, nicely maintained trail with excellent views. We could see Estes Park from the west end of the trail and it was lovely. Conveniently located and they allow dogs!

Hiked yesterday. The trails had patches of snow at the top. The views were amazing. Dog enjoyed the hike.

For first time visitors: departing from Estes, if you hit Lily Lake you have gone too far. The entrance is not clearly marked but is on the west side of the highway.


I wish there was a way to remove the graffiti near the creek.

Overall, a good hike.

hiking
20 days ago

The views are incredible, especially after the little rock scramble. I started hiking around 10:00 a.m. yesterday (Saturday, May 5) and was a bit surprised at how few people were there. I had about 20 minutes at the top all to myself and left before anyone else was anywhere near the top. Most of the snow from the storm earlier this week had melted, but there were a couple patches here and there that got a bit slick as the temperature rose during the day. I'd imagine most, if not all, will be gone after this weekend.

hiking
27 days ago

One of my favorite hikes! Not crowded on a Saturday, and beautiful rewarding views at the top! Hike is pretty easy overall, but some steeper parts that get your heart rate up and make it a good workout.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked yesterday. Packed snow and ice along the trail, but was able to do it in just hiking boots. Trail is pretty poorly marked so you definitely have to pay attention. Some scrambling toward the end of the trail. Views at the top are GORGEOUS!

hiking
1 month ago

My wife and I just moved to Colorado and are trying to embrace the outdoor culture. We weren't huge hikers back on the East coast. However I have loved every hike I have taken in Colorado because of the grandeur of the mountains. Kruger Rock was no exception! What a fantastic hike with amazing views! It wasn't too difficult but was challenging enough to give us a workout. The only downside was the icy and slushy areas at this time of year that made one a little hesitant on certain parts. However we made it and it was well worth it. My wife didn't do the rock scramble at the end bc she was too tired but I did and I'm glad I did! Our dog loved it and loved all the smells! I would do it again but maybe once the snow is so gone. Do it!

It's certainly pretty, but this has to be one of the worst marked Trails I've ever seen. I got lost multiple times. I don't even know if I ever made it to the job. Very frustrating.

hiking
1 month ago

Trailhead is up Pole Hill Rd from GPS marker. Small unpaved parking lot before (seasonally) closed gated; stay to the sides and beware of your car’s underbelly. Our hike commenced around 9am and we only saw two other dogs and their people near the trailhead. The map incorrectly lists the hiking trails’ numbers. We never found 247/A and we had to use Apple Map’s satellite imaging to follow AllTrail’s loops. Great trail for humans and dogs alike. Good vistas, very natural, and fun challenges throughout.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike to do with my 10yr old son. Great views of Estes Park!

Fun hike with my son! Need spikes when coming down towards the top because it is slushy and snow packed in areas.

3/24/18
Trailhead parking is on the road. The trail gets hard to find a out .8 miles in. Nice overall hike, a few spots on the way up would have been nice to have micro spikes. By 10am the snow was starting to melt and it created some challenges coming down without solid footing.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely, easy hike 3/31/18. No need for snow spikes; slushy and icy just a bit. Nice opens views throughout the hike. Beautiful views at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

really nice view

walking
1 month ago

Nice walk with awesome views.

hiking
2 months ago

(3/26) Good hike. Excellent views from the summit. The trail gets a bit lost near the top, but if you look for the carins you can find your way. Traction not necessary but could be helpful as some spots are slick. We made it up without too much trouble in hiking shoes/tennis shoes. Very do-able for the whole family (ages 10 and up). My Garmin clocked this at a bit over 4 miles out and back from trail head.

3-25-18 Nice cool down hike for the afternoon. Road closed so a bit confusing but you can get in there and either go clockwise or counterclockwise. From the road closure more like a 3+ easy hike. Nice family hike for the young and old alike.

3-25-18 Little Gem outside the park. Suggest an early start as there isn’t much parking along the road, trailhead just before Lilly Lake TH.
Nice rolling climb, scramble last 200 ft or so. Bring traction, parts in shade still covered with snow, makes it a more enjoyable trek.

hiking
2 months ago

Some snowy patches but very few, was a beautiful view, was difficult at times!!

hiking
2 months ago

NEED microspikes to scramble too top but worth it for 360 mountain views. Also, Garmin pedometer clocked at 5.5 miles.

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