Explore the most popular horseback riding 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 hike was absolutely breathtaking. Did it back in April and went up to Mills Lake (limited on time). There was still plenty of snow on the ground still so spiked definitely made it easier. No one was up at the Lake and it was a beautiful, peaceful spot for lunch.

8 hours ago

We hiked this trail on a Friday afternoon. There was still street parking available near the trail head. The trial had moderate traffic but was not overly crowded. It has a definite incline and lots of switchbacks. We actually ended up off the trail the first time we attempted this hike. The first switchback is not marked at all. We went straight on what looked like the trail but when we were having to climb huge boulders we realized we were off trail and turned back. There are lots of
Places to stop and rest. Pack lots of water-each person brought 64oz and we ran low or were out entirely. It’s a beautiful view both on the trail and at the summit. Didn’t see much wildlife and no waterfalls/lakes/river on this trail but still loved it. If you’re up for a challenge then this is for you!

9 hours ago

Beautiful weather this weekend! Crowded trails and lots of mosquitoes, though! Bring bug spray for sure.

Great day hike. Didn’t have the map with. Could have used more markings for how far you where from the lake

I will definitely be returning to Loch Lake. I took the Bear Lake trailhead and exited at the Glacier Gorge trailhead. So many streams of running water and tons of shade along the path. Loch Lake was the most private lake destination along the way. Bear, Nymph, Dream and Emerald were packed so it was nice to get away from all of the people and get to enjoy the serenity of being by the water. Truly breathtaking. Highly recommend this.

great hike, a lot of elk on the trail and a lot of people as well. but the views are beautiful

What a great hike! It was kind of cloudy today so not as beautiful pictures but I loved it none the less!

1 day ago

Beautiful hike! Definitely one that lives up to the 'Hard' difficulty level. Pretty windy up there so carry a warm jacket. Also if you bring lunch, wait till you get to Tyndall Glacier. It offers an amazing view of Dream Lake and the entire valley.

1 day ago

Beautiful summit, quite busy.

Did this hike on Friday morning. We arrived via shuttle at the park. It was pretty busy, but thinned out as we got further along. The view at the lake is breathtaking.

2 days ago

We parked at Green Mtn trailhead and started at about 7 AM. We walked counter-clockwise so we'd get to Big Meadows first while it was still early and were rewarded with 5 moose in the southern section of the meadow. Great hike!

2 days ago

We had a great day on Longs today. Started 2am, summited at 7:10am, arrived back to the car at 11:40. I drank all 3 liters of water I packed, and was glad my partner had a water purifier. Note that in addition to the restrooms at the trailhead, there are two more chances to visit the privy on the trail (at Chasm Junction and the Boulder Field). Bring your own toilet paper, just in case.

The moose at the top in the lake to the left was a bonus!

My favorite hike I've ever done. very challenging but doable. loved the rock scramble at the very end up to the lake. my first ever rock scramble. once you get to the boulder field the views will take your breathe away. pictures can never do justice to how amazing it really is. app is a little off, the total round trip distance is about 8.4 miles from the Long's peak trailhead

3 days ago

Awesome summit. We got to the park at about 8:20 and bear lake parking was full, the park and ride was easy though. Great look outs at spots below the tree line and amazing views above tree line. Marmot and Pika were everywhere. Fun climb to the summit, rocky and steep but nothing crazy. Had to race a storm down that rolled in as we were descending, but we were prepared. No snow on the trail anymore. I highly recommend this trail.

3 days ago

Great hike away from the crowds if you get a reasonably early start (before 9AM). Don't turn around too soon! After about 2 miles of long switchbacks going up, the trail decends down for another half mile until you come to the summit sign. The summit has outstanding views all around. Many good spots for snack or lunch. My Garmin showed mileage at 6.4 miles round trip and total elevation gain of 1500 feet. Would definitely do this one again!

Super easy and quick hike, can get a bit busy. If you’re experienced and looking for a longer trek take this trail further up to loch.

First time doing this trail and I loved it. I left a little late in the day around 1:30 and I was back down by 4pm (hung out at the lake for at 45 mins). Traffic is bad down at the bottom but once we got onto the loch trail it thinned out a lot. Bits of sun and bits a shade, gorgeous waterfall views. When you finally arrive to Loch it is sooo rewarding and SO beautiful. Amazing hike for it only being 5 1/2 - 6 miles long!

Great hike! It’s rated as hard but it’s probably more moderate. Amazing views at the top. Not a ton of parking so get there early.

4 days ago

Great views. I posted a trail review on Flattop.

okay just got this app but I hike very often and want to warn people of this crazy deee that wonders around and scared me and some friends while sleeping and would follow us around. so FYI. it was two years ago but he is getting more famous or she idk

Short and very pleasant trail.
I feel Alberta falls is a little bit hyped (did not find it as beautiful as reviews suggest) but Mills lake is definitely a place of serenity !!!
You must plan some time to spent at the Mills Lake before descending.
One of the best part of the trail is that you can start this hike anytime of the day till 3 pm (in summer ) and still you can complete it with full sunlight.
Decent elevation gain.

4 days ago

Went on a Monday morning and arrived about 10:30am and got to the summit about 12:30pm. It was a nice steady incline for most of the way. We took alot of breaks to take in all of the scenery. Parking was relatively full on a Monday and was moderately busy on the trail. Payoff is wonderful at the summit with lots of areas to break for lunch and snacks.

Started at 4:15 this morning to be in place for first light and sunrise over the lake. We had the whole lake to ourselves. Our timing was good, but we went left (west) around the lake, and could only find a lake entrance on the east end in the dark. If you go right (east), there is a short trail just down the hill to the lake with a good view of the colors in the sky. Overall though, there are better spots for a sunrise, so only 3oo5 stars.

Beautiful scenery! This water fall is amazing. The trail is also very well kept up.

6 days ago

We did this hike this past weekend, on a Saturday. We got to the trailhead around 9:15am and there were lots of cars already parked all along the road. Luckily, there is plenty of space to park nearby, with lots of pull off areas near the trailhead. The hike is a bit steep in spots but is doable. The last .2 miles or so to the summit is pretty steep. The view from the top are great. It was a pretty heavily trafficked trail, but not too annoying. There was a lot of horse poop to dodge.

7 days ago

Fantastic hike! Leave early to avoid heat and crowds. We camped at Longs Peak Campground and the next morning walked to the Chasm/Longs Peak Trailhead. Started at 7:30am and meandered the way up. Traffic was OK. Many of the Longs Peak hikers had begun a few hours earlier than us. Had fun scrambling at the end just before the lake. We stayed at the lake watching climbers, eating lunch, and relaxing then began the trek down around 1pm and it was really, really crowded. Cool weather at the lake. Hot on the way down above the tree line, cooler once in the trees. Beautiful views all along the trail! We stopped so many times to take in the scenery. Really great enjoyable hike! July 2018.

Went July 5 and only saw three or four people all day. Early part of the trail through meadows and along the stream are beautiful and an easy hike. Second part up the mountain to Mirror Lake is fairly steep and harder, but shaded by dense forest. There is a lot of beetle-kill killed trees and deadfall, some over the trail. Be prepared for mosquitoes on the trail and at camp. Stayed the night at campsite one and it was gorgeous. Two moose right in camp, and I was visited by a couple of deer in the early morning.

Great hike toward the late afternoon it wasn’t as crowded as it could have been

Beautiful lake after passing waterfalls.several hikers saw bears. Was pretty crowded

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