Explore the most popular rock climbing 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.

A nice stroll and beautiful scene, but it was very busy.

Just summit today. Camped at Boulderfield and went up to summit in the morning. Great day.

Hiked 6/16/18. Agree—summer conditions base to summit. Minimal snow patches that are easily avoided. No crampons or ice ax necessary. Started at 3:00 AM, got back to the base ranger station at 12:00 noon. Parking lot wasn’t full, but I did see a number of other cars when I arrived. First 5 miles are a stroll with a gentle incline, last 2 (boulder field and beyond) are no joke.

I agree with Nazanin Kalani, clear to the top. recommend a good set of lungs.

Hiked this morning for the first time. It def is moderate as you gain elevation steadily and it is higher elevation the the front range. Views from the top are epic. High wind gusts today. Had the top to ourselves for 15 min before next crowd arrived. Based on their reviews of it being well populated we felt lucky to have no humans around. On way out spotted deer. Trailhead starts at 8780 elevation and highest point is 9786’

hiking
3 days ago

Summer conditions - minimal snow that can be avoided easily all the way to the summit. Anything past the Keyhole is pretty technical and should only be attempted by experienced hikers!

This is a great hike! Don’t underestimate it though! It is very strenuous and is very long. I hiked it 6/10/18 and it was beautiful but very hard. We actually didn’t summit to the peak because the winds were so bad at the key hole. The ranger at the bottom said that was a smart move because people will hike it when it’s windy like that and that’s how they get hurt or killed. I am planning on attending it again ASAP and this time submitting!

Hiked this trail on 6/6. We started a little later than we would have liked. It was warm and sunny. It took us 2 hours to hike up and only an hour to come down. We took a lot of brakes in shade to cool down. We were not acclimated to the elevation and needed to catch our breath as well. There are several spur trails on the way up, but there are limbs blocking those trails so be mindful not to get lost. Nice views of Estes Park on the way up. There is a sign near the summit that says "trail" pointing to the right. It is not really a trail, but a lot of boulders with several options to scramble through to reach the summit. Honestly, you just have to make your own way through. And though you start on your right, you need to switch back to the left to reach the summit. The 360 view at the top is spectacular and well worth every uphill step we took. Please note that there is nothing between you and falling off the mountain. There is not much room for more than 2 people to view the summit at a time.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy walk around the lake. Beautiful view of Halletts Peak. We went in the late afternoon, and there were a lot of fly fishermen. It was cool to see!

on Longs Peak Trail

hiking
11 days ago

Climbed Longs 7-13-17. We stayed at the Boulder Fields overnight even though we had already summited. Gorgeous views the entire way. The real work begins at the key hole, and it is no joke. Great climb! We had attempted the year prior and were turned away at the key hole by wicked weather. Glad to capture it this time.

hiked this trail last summer and we will probably go back this summer. beautiful views the whole way up. dont get fooled there is a false summet so make sure to follow the arrows on the trail. it was really steep getting to the very top of the mountain but So So worh it! I will probably leave my dogs at home next time since the trail was So busy.

hiking
13 days ago

Definitely underestimated this one as many people do. Hardest 14er I have ever done but by far the most rewarding one. Dont hike this if you arent well prepared and maybe do a few more 14ers beforehand

Super easy level trail. Good for taking a toddler on. Beautiful views. Lots of good photo ops. Easy parking.

hiking
15 days ago

A very easy trail. Easy parking. Lots of ducks and great views.

hiking
18 days ago

Super easy trail with amazing views and lots of nature surrounding it. Saw several elk and tons of ducks, also great for fishing. Not a lot of people on the trail, so you’ll have plenty of time to yourself!

hiking
18 days ago

Relatively easy hike with an amazing view. Would climb over and over again!

hiking
18 days ago

Awesome hike for a beginner such as me.

Good hike you can do with your dogs in the Estes area.

hiking
24 days ago

Hiked/climbed Longs Peak back in 2013 and it was by far the best 14’er accomplishment for me so far. It’s a long day hike of some 15 miles RT and we started at 2:30 a.m. to get up and back down before the afternoon storms hit. I’m planning to do this again soon. An epic hike for sure.

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
25 days ago

Fun hike with a rewarding view at the top

Simple hike with amazing views

5/23. Nice easy walk around the lake. Saw a couple of elk. Great place for a picnic.

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.)

hiking
1 month ago

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

walking
1 month ago

Well maintained, handicapped accessible trail around the lake. We were fortunate to locate parking since this is a very busy place! Also a good area to refill your water bottles and wind down on the way back from Bierstadt Lake Trail!

Tough. But stunning once you are on the rocks.

I walked this trail in December and again today. The amount of scenery surrounding this trail is amazing no matter the season!

hiking
1 month 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

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