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.

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
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.

walking
1 month ago

Nice walk with awesome views.

Nice easy hike

hiking
2 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
4 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
4 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
6 months ago

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

walking
6 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
6 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
7 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.

scenic driving
7 months ago

a must.

off road driving
8 months ago

Amazing views of Estes Park!

off road driving
8 months ago

Cool road. Lots of places to explore. Map on all trails is not 100% accurate.

Awesome trail to drive if the weather isn't bad, amazing views.

8 months ago

Hike/run...No markings that tell the actual trail...just look for Pole Hill Rd and start going where the off road trail is. Nice trail...would do it again :)

Fun time for the family with spectacular views. Didn't challenge the Jeep but nice to have a high ground clearance vehicle for some areas. Would do it again just for fun when in the area.

8 months ago

might be fun for beginners in stock jeep..be aware of Estes park tours flying thru at 60 mph.. scenery and camping good.

off road driving
8 months ago

Took the inner loop today. Stock 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport. Couple trickier sections in the first few hundred yards, they can all be avoided if you don't feel comfortable. My jeep handled them fine with proper tire placement.

After the initial 300 or so yards it's gets easier, with a few technical sections here and there, again with paths around them if you want.

The kids loved the ride, and the views were fantastic.

on Lake Estes Trail

9 months ago

Very nice trail perfect for biking, walking, or running. Well maintained and easy to follow. Gorgeous views all the way around.

on Pole Hill

off road driving
9 months ago

My buddy and I ran this trail together as my first off-road trail. I was in a completely stock 2017 Wrangler Rubicon and he was in a lifted 2012 Wrangler on 35s(I think) and neither of us had any trouble. It was a great trail for learning things like tire placement and line selection and generally building some confidence and getting used to my rig. I highly recommend it for those new to offroading. Probably the most technical portion is the first 200 yards or so as others have said and it's so wide that you can choose to take some more difficult lines or just skip them entirely.

off road driving
9 months ago

Not really offroading, because it's a mostly smooth dirt road, but the views are incredible! I did this in my tiny Prius C with cheap all season tires. It is one way. When you get to the end there's the visitor center and food and a shop and bathrooms. A nice diversion.

off road driving
9 months ago

3 stars for the view and a peaceful way to get to the summit. My husband's truck was overkill for this trip. The trail is too dainty for my taste, for off road driving. If your looking for "EASY" 4x4 fun go to Pole Hill trail.

We enjoyed this trail, however if it wasn't for seeing other people going up the climb we never would have know where it was. there are no signs or indications where to climb.
secondly and MOST importantly this road is one way and takes you ALL the way to the top ridgline road.... again no signs or indications. So don't go here low on gas or your screwd. We won't do this again unless we plan to be in the car all day.

scenic driving
9 months ago

Definitely worth your time, though the views are better once you get to Trail Ridge Road. The 'scariness factor' is overhyped...it's not that bad. Be sure to make the stops at the Alluvial Fan and Chasm Falls along the way. On Chasm Falls, you can make the harder climb up the trail/boulders along the falls if you stop at the first pullout (unmarked but you'll see water). If you're feeling less ambitious, stop at the marked pullout and walk down some stairs to the observation deck...best views are right there.

I didn't do the full 2.5 miles (sounds like many see that as a waste since much of the trail is Old Fall River Road). I'd suggest driving and taking a shorter route from one of two pullouts. You can make the harder climb up the trail/boulders along the falls if you stop at the first pullout (unmarked but you'll see water). If you're feeling less ambitious, stop at the marked pullout and walk down some stairs to the observation deck...best views are right there.

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