Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

2 days ago

Beautiful views and super easy trail Signs need a little attention to help

scenic driving
5 days ago

A must-do if you’re at RMNP over the summer. Be prepared to spend a few hours cruising with your windows down and seeing some of the most spectacular views in the park. Be prepared, the path is narrow and requires very cautious driving.

Have driven this the last 2 summers. Go early around 7am and you will see more wildlife. Get out and hike along the way up to the top of the hills and you will see lots of marmots and great views. You should see tons of elk closer to alpine ridge. Enjoy

scenic driving
15 days ago

Neat drive and lots of scenic overlooks and places to stop and walk around

mountain biking
16 days ago

Rented bikes for our family of 5 ( kids 6, 10, 13) from Estes Park Mountain shop. Youngest on a tag a long. Mostly flat, well-paved. Made it around lake in less than 30 minutes. Explored a few side routes as well. Easy family ride. Opportunities to play in water and playgrounds if you wanted to.

off road driving
16 days ago

Nice trail, did this in 15 f150 supercrew with level and 33s. Tire placement is important to avoid scraping underneath. Slow and steady. Trail is plenty wide as we saw a hummvee with a tour. Mild rock climbing possible for most stock body on frame 4x4s.

Did this a day or two before the advertised opening so car traffic was light. Also was lucky to have rained the day before which kept the dust to a minimum!

1 month ago

Hikes this with my dog today. Attempted to do the 122A loop counterclockwise but missed the turnoff so we did a counterclockwise loop instead. Road was dusty and shaded in parts. The 247D trail seems to be completely overgrown, we had fun crossing the meadows and luckily still had cell service to be able to roughly follow where the AllTrails map said it would be. Once we found 122A there were great views onto RMNP. Not too much off-roading traffic either.

Falls were unique, trail was a little confusing to get to since the road is closed off this time of year so you had to hike but very pretty.

off road driving
1 month ago

This was my first trail ever. I ran it in my stock 15 Rubicon and it was really fun. Will definitely be going back here again. Perfect for a beginner or experienced enthusiast.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Mountain bike up. Fantastic and challenging ride due to steady climb. June is without cars.

Awesome trail. It might be an easy drive, but is definitely a moderate hike due to the length and elevation gain (it's all uphill!). Plenty of spring runoff streams to keep the dog hydrated, just pack enough H2O for yourself! Beautiful vistas at multiple points.
10.5miles from the Lake Swain trailhead, which is the first parking lot after your turn off of Fall River Road...you can also park at either Alluvian Fan lots, or in the picnic area just beside the start of the actual road. Will definitely be doing this one again.

Its hard if you are starting. Very steep. Good for a great workout. Views are not that great but there are some shady spots that for me is a plus. I am not sure if I would do it again. Rather to use the day to explore new trail

off road driving
1 month ago

Went to take the trail and it was still closed. Sad because I was really looking forward to this trail. Guess it’s only open from July to September.

The falls aren’t that impressive, cool but not jaw dropping. The incline is steady the whole way there. Park in the picnic area and head up the road, great to do when old falls road isn’t open to car traffic.

Easy hike that I think would be prettier in the winter for a snow shoe since you are mostly following a road. The only path is a short one down to the lovely falls. Nice views. The road was dry to the falls, but higher up there was still snow pack. For pics and more details, visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/05/13/road-trip-to-the-rockies-chasm-falls-in-rocky-mountain-national-park/

hiking
3 months 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.

walking
3 months ago

Nice walk with awesome views.

Nice easy hike

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail, lots of wildlife. Good trail year round for a nice, easy hike. Plenty of great spots for camping, moderate looking trail for 4x4 (steep and rocky in some parts). Will be returning with the jeep come summertime.

Great, quick little hike. 5.4 miles total with added mileage from winter gate. Did not see a soul all day. Snowshoes are overkill. Traction devices maybe, only really handy for very end to descend steep area to view falls from bottom. Many sections of road/trail still exposed dirt. Not my favorite hike in Rocky but I’ll take a day spent in the park over the office anytime ;)

Great hike, although it had little elevation gain. I think it would be even better if there was more snow but it’s a light snow year. Overall, it was easy and very enjoyable - 5.2 miles round trip.

off road driving
6 months ago

Trail gate closed. Sign at trailhead said trail would close to vehicles Dec 1 but did not say when it would reopen. Looked like fun. Will return in the summer to try it.

trail running
6 months ago

Beautiful walking trail. We have done it as part of the Rocky Mountain National Park 1/2 Marathon.

Great easy hike. We parked at Alluvial Fan, near where the road closes in the winter. (It was late December.) Not much water in the falls, but still pretty. Very few people. Nice overlooks and views of West Horseshoe Park.

off road driving
8 months ago

Fun easy off-road trail, rewarding. A few tight switchbacks.

walking
8 months ago

The Estes Lake Trail is not difficult, but it is beautiful and has 3 exercise points with around 30 different exercises available.

With so much planned for my July visit to RMNP, (rather than taking the extended hike up) I stopped the car at the turnout for the short path down to the viewing area for this pretty 25 foot waterfall and cascades. There is also a nice view from here looking back down the valley. And the trail lets you explore the river further if you would like. It was definitely worth the stop shortly after beginning the fun drive up Old Fall River Road.

off road driving
8 months ago

This is the original high country road, completed in 1920, that was built to connect the eastern and western sides of RMNP. It is 11 miles long, dirt/gravel (but not difficult), one-way with multiple switchbacks and a lot of fun. It eventually makes its way up to the Alpine Visitor Center at 11,796 feet, where it connects to the Trail Ridge Road. Be sure to stop for the walk to Chasm Falls near the beginning of the road. Another must-do is the short hike to Marmot Point just before reaching Alpine Ridge (it's just under a mile round trip and only about 330 feet of elevation gain...but you still may feel it, particularly if you are not yet acclimated to the high elevation). The 360 degree views from this peak are spectacular. I passed grazing elk and lots of marmots on the way to the top. This was one of my favorite spots when I visited the park in late July.

hiking
9 months ago

Road closed for season so we hiked this challenging uphill hike 5 1/2 miles up! Wanted to continue but needed to complete the 5 1/2 downhill. The second unmarked waterfall was pretty also. Snow capped peaks to view as you climb the trail.

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