Explore the most popular hiking 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.

This trailhead is located on private property.

We did four days in Rocky Mountain this spring - two nights at the Andrew's Creek site and a night at Glacier Gorge. I thought both regions of the park were incredible, but Andrew's really blew me away.

So much water everywhere. Not only will you be well hydrated, but you'll be spoiled with some of the best tasting water I've ever had.

The last leg of the hike up to the glacier is a tough one, especially in early June. Signage is lacking and the footprints of previous hikers led me to a dangerous scramble up the gash. Unless you're hiking in late summer, I'd suggest you either really study up or take your time with a topographic map and compass.

I shouldn't complain though, because the final destination was breathtaking - endless wildflowers and little critters surrounded the tarn and made for a perfect lunch break.

Highly recommended.

Super busy, great sights. Start early

Definitely gets full of traffic early, and make sure everyone uses the restroom before you park; the restrooms at the entrance are the most disgusting things I’ve ever walked in and then immediately out of.

Beautiful views along the entire walk!

hiking
13 hours ago

Great route not to be missed if visiting area. Stay hydrated, especially if not used to altitudes.

Beautiful hike. Get there early, it gets crowded quickly.

hiking
15 hours ago

Amazing hike with 11 and 13 year old kids. Crowded at Alberta Falls; but the crowds really drop off after that. The Loch is GORGEOUS, but don’t stop the the edge. Walk all the way around to get the views. We saw two sets of elk swimming in the lake. Would have loved to go all the way to Timberlake Falls or Sky Pond, but my family wasn’t having it.

hiking
18 hours ago

The location is nice since it is right off the road on the way into Estes. View are pretty. Parking can be a bit tough. Crowded. Folks need to remember that dogs are NOT allowed in RMNP.

Up and down

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.

A really cool hike with wonderful views. It's not an easy hike so be prepared to work! From the trailhead it's straight up...no warm up!

You access this trail by going up about 8 miles on Old Fall River Road. It's hard to miss the trailhead if you're looking for the standard RMNP trailhead marker/board.

Some additional notes:
-Per GAIA GPS App: 8.28 miles, 2919' ascent, 4:39 hours (26 minutes stoppage time)
-Had a tough start so I didn't hit the trail until 7am... only three other cars at that time but no parking left when I returned (around noon)
-I summited Ypsilon with five others around 930am and saw probably 20 others on descent
-The path up Ypsilon is (kinda) marked with cairns but they're not great
-The Chiquita Moubtain Bypass trail is rarely marked...I was glad to have GPS for my descent to stay somewhere near the intended trail
-My GPS track: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/WVXW9aBjqS5I9mQst1j0Jdkf

Excellent weather. Path clear, visible and moderate.. One tough rock wall section before glass lake that may limit some people. Windy at top but warm and snow melted. 10 miles not 8.

Did this from Bear Lake to the Fern Lake Bus stop last Saturday 8/11. I am in Rock Mtn. NP most weekend either hiking or on snowshoes. This is my very favorite longer hike since Sky Pond has become so mobbed. I think the section around the side of Joe Mill Mtn is really fun - love the views down to Odessa Lake. You won't be by yourself but no where near as crowed as the Glacier Gorge trail system.

Gorgeous! Hike is moderate with trails easily marked. We saw many elk along the way. We took the shuttle from town because we arrived later in the day and couldn’t park at Big Bear of transfer station...they were full. It was a very pleasant drive up to the hike...and we could both admire the scenery!

Loved it! The view was gorgeous. I didn’t read many reviews but was caught off guard at the big boulders that had to be climbed to view the lake.

they don't allow dogs so if you plan on bringing your first baby don't go here

hiking
22 hours ago

Beautiful hike! We rolled into the parking lot at 8 am on a Wednesday, and there was plenty of parking available. The ascent up to Flattop was lovely and shaded until the last mile or so. If you can make it that far without feeling wiped out, you can absolutely make it to the top of Hallett, assuming you aren't nursing any injuries and the weather holds. You will be so happy you did when you see the incredible views from the top. The trail isn't hard to follow in good summer conditions if you're paying attention even a little. There are wind shelters at the peak, so we took some time to enjoy lunch before descending. Don't feed those adorable little fat pika of course, even when they come begging! I saw one walk right over a woman's shoe up there. We also took plenty of photo breaks an extra walk around Bear Lake, and enjoyed making a full day of it. Bring all the requisite supplies for spending a decent amount of time above treeline, and you'll have a great day!

Pretty easy hike as far as elevation climb goes.. it is mostly flat with only small inclines and declines. The burned trees don't make for the prettiest sight but the lake full of lily pads is beautiful! Probably not my favorite hike but seemed family friendly as we saw lots of families with very young kids hiking. The creek and boulders are also a neat part of this trail.

- This hike is two different trails. It's a double out and back.
- (done in summer time) can't really see Tyndall Glacier from here. Need to take the Flattop trail instead
- If you want to avoid people go before 7am. Families/crowds hit the trail head between 7-9. Personally I like to enjoy the scenery in peace n quiet
- When you go left (Towards Dream lake) it's a well maintained trail that isn't too challenging. I would definitely take my 60 year old out of shape dad on this trail! I would rate it moderate because there is a little bit of vertical gain. You get to see three lakes! They're beautiful. HIGHLY recommend sunrise and the Golden Hour for this home
- If you go right (towards Bear lake) it's more of a walking trail around the lake with other trails off of it

This trail felt like walking through a fairy tail. Just too perfect. We arrived at 4:30, after the crowds were leaving; but the trail was still swamped with people. Completely worth the crowds. Just magical.

We started out early (7:30) and avoided most of the crowds. Headed out from the fern TH to make the finish easier - better to walk 1 mile on a dirt road when it’s cool and empty. We saw wild turkeys, elk, marmots. The lake is nice, but the pool is way better. Coming down along the Big Thompson river was crowded. Loved it. Done with an 11 and 13yo.

Great hike. Should be considered 'Medium' difficulty instead of hard. Lake Loch, Lake of glass, and Sky Pond all three are absolutely amazing.

mountain biking
1 day ago

Great paved trail for the family. Beautiful views with some uphill and downhill fun.

There are a couple of workout stations placed along the trail. They are great places to stop and get a quick workout in ( there are a variety of body weight exercises that are detailed at each station).

The hike up was more than I anticipated but definitely worth it. I hung out at the lake and made friends with a duck. It was a beautiful midweek day and passed less than ten other adults. Didn’t see anyone younger than a teenager. I wouldn’t bring kids on this hike if you’re doing it from the main trailhead. Too steep and narrow for kids in my opinion!

The trail was nice until the day's weather decided to turn on us and we were hailed off of the mountain. Fantastic thunderstorm. Will have to try to complete this trail again sometime. The kids enjoyed it before the thunder started rolling!

Even though the heavy weather was rolling in as we were headed back to the trailhead, people were still climbing the ridge! I am guessing that most of these folks were from out of town....people die every year in Rocky from lightening strikes. The weather, hiking etiquette and the 10 essentials need to be taken seriously.

Trailhead wasn't too busy. Good parking spots available. Lots of bugs. Bring your bug repellent of choice. Trail started out a little steeper than anticipated. Was a bit toasty on this particular day, but there were nicely shaded areas. Start early!

Great vistas and the trail meanders through meadows. We spied a young buck along the trail. There are steps to climb going and coming.

Absolute Favorite Fall Drive!

One of my favorite hikes in RMNP! The views are incredible! If you are going to hike Flattop you might as well go to Hallet Peak. Maybe another half hour push from Flattop but well worth it for the unobstructed 360 views of RMNP.

This trail was stunning, did this trail on my trip in November so everything was covered in snow so it was gorgeous, a lot of overlooks with pretty views and the lakes themselves were a sight to see completely frozen over. Definitely a winter wonderland! And not difficult to get to either even in Winter.

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