Explore the most popular walking 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.

Really laid back hike with beautiful views the entire way. Heavy traffic to the falls, but if you keep heading to the lake, the number of people decreases a lot.

The lake was beautiful and worth taking the shuttle from the Park and Ride. However, it was very, very crowded.

The Cub Lake Trail Loop was a nice, easy hike. Cub Lake was very beautiful, and the bridge at the Pool over the river was also very scenic.

a great hike via "the pool".

hiking
21 hours ago

Beautiful hike. The lake is gorgeous

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

Great family trail! Parking is limited so consider parking at the park and ride and grabbing the shuttle. Trail can be busy so remember your hiking manners!

Less trafficked gem. Hopped on this trail from Bear Lake. It was about 2 miles from Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake and then we hiked down to our car which was another 1.7 miles or so. It was a good way to do it and after Emerald Lake Trail it was much quieter in this area. Although the lake wasn’t as breathtaking as Emerald, the 180° views on the switchbacks along with the wildflowers and trees were amazing! I would recommend this trail if you’re looking for some extra trails in that area.

hiking
1 day ago

Lake is really pretty. Nice short hike. Parts through forest are beautiful. Switchbacks through elevation are exposed-thankfully we had a cloudy day. Views are great from the top. I wouldn't rate this moderate-its easy- even the beginning switchbacks aren't that hard. I did it in Chaco flip flops. Not crowded which was wonderful. It could qualify for 5 stars but it's not as sublime as other hikes in RMNP.

Crowded trail, but beautiful views! All three lakes that you hit on this trail are different in their own ways and stunning. GET THERE EARLY. Very busy! Luckily RMNP offers a free shuttle service if you have trouble finding parking. Many families hiking this trail especially with small children, everyone was extremely polite and aware! We spotted an elk, birds, and chipmunks along the trail.

Warning this hike is very crowded. Lots of kids and no hikers. This hike is basically a nature walk, so very nice views, but if you want something more substantial go up. Also if you plan on going to Alberta falls go here first and head down to the falls. Up is a pain with little payoff.

Nice hike. Easy with a great payoff. The falls were really flowing yesterday and it wasn't super crowded. I would recommend it to anyone who wants an easy hike or with are with a flatlander.

breathtaking view!

Easy trail with excellent views and lots of animals!

Beautiful. Good choice for new hikers. My teens enjoyed it. Saw elk. Lots of families with young children going at a slower pace. Went early to beat rush. Able to park in lot at 8:30 am. Not for quiet, peaceful retreat experience of nature. But a gorgeous and fun few hours in the mountains!

Easy, pretty hike! We started at 0730 and had to park at bear lake trailhead as glacier gorge was full, but from there the trail joins up. Not too many people on the trail with us after Alberta falls but of course seemed much busier at noon. Would definitely recommend pushing on to sky pond.

Very slick slush/snow bank just before a scramble up timberline falls, would recommend shoes with some good grip, slid down the snow on my butt on my way back down with just my regular hiking boots! The scrambling was definitely the highlight of the hike for me and the challenge made the view at the end so much more rewarding! Climbing the falls was not as bad as it looked!

We tried to go here on our first day in the park. We left Estes Park at 8:30, but the shuttle parking lot was already full. We returned the next morning at 6am and had a quiet peaceful walk around the lake.

June 15
Unlike the trail shown above which starts at the Bear Lake trailhead, if you start at the Fern Lake trailhead it is a magnificent trip. It can be divided into three sections. The first section goes from the trailhead to deep pool (Big Thompson River) intersection. That runs for 1.7 miles and is relatively flat and easy with riverside plants along the path. The second section is 2.1 mi up to Fern Lake, which is a steady climb through a forested area. The third section continues up to Odessa Lake which has a steeper incline but only 0.7 miles. There are magnificent views of the snow covered mountains reflected in the lakes. We saw the greatest variety and most abundant wildflowers along this trail of all the six days that we have been hiking in RMNP. Since we tend to start late, we were the only people at Odessa lake at 3 p.m. and at Fern lake at 3:30. I would strongly suggest this hike for anyone interested in wildflowers at this time of the year.

Nice, relatively flat, shaded trail along the Big Thompson. Great rock formations.

Like every other review, I got the last parking spot at 8am. The hike to the Loch is easy/moderate with views here and there. The Loch itself is beautiful and a lot less windy than further up the trail. Things escalate quickly after the Loch, though - literally and figuratively. You emerge from the trees and scramble up an active waterfall to see a pristine mountain pond in a gorgeous setting. Definitely one of the best hikes in RMNP but because of the snowpack/waterfall, the short trail between the Loch and Sky Pond is more on the 'difficult' side. Round trip in 4 hours, not counting an hour long break gazing around Sky Pond with a huge dumb smile on my face. Do it!

Usually hike this trail in off peak (late spring or fall) this being my first visit in the busier summer season. Of course I'm used to a more peaceful version of the trail as the crows and inexperienced folks ran amuck! Still one of the true gems of RMNP and glad it is available to all to see!!

hiking
3 days ago

It is hard to believe that for as many times as I have hiked RMNP I never did this trail. What a travesty as this is truly an awesome trail with much to offer! Bring a lunch and take it all in!! Just what out for the wild life as they know there is food to be found from hikers.

hiking
3 days ago

After knowing about this trail for over a decade and reading about it for about a year I checked it off the list this week! Amazing experience and my first real difficult high altitude hike. As other have stated the gauntlets are the several hundred feet snow post holing snow field and the steep boulder field to Hallet's. Overall very worth the effort and planning my next hike ASAP!
Words can not describe the feelings of what one sees on such a hike!

great trail. would reccomend on the way back to go towards the glaciar gorge trail head (there os a shuttle there) for different scenery. this trail had alot of people. did see an elk sleeping on the trail but people remember these are wild animals and this is their home.

walking
3 days ago

It’s an easy trail (if you want to call it one; it’s a paved walkway to the end), but the altitude might make it difficult for some. Completed this on 05/27/18. The views are spectacular! Definitely climb the rocks at the end to get some good views and to see the mountain index. It’s called Tundra Communities Trail on the sign and on the RMNP map.

This hike was a ton of fun! This served as a great start to our RMNP hiking vacation. The hike up was challenging at times, but offered great views of Longs Peak and the Front Range. Once above the tree line, we saw several wildflowers, butterflies, birds, and marmots. Reaching the peaks was amazing! We went to the tallest peak and had a peaceful lunch over looking all the beautiful mountains. Definitely recommend this hike!

Beautiful hike to a gorgeous part of RMNP. Can get crowded so start early.

We got married at Sky Pond at a sunrise hike. It was absolutely glorious. Challenging, but rewarding. Our photographer recommended this spot and we are adventure seekers, so we knew that our RMNP would not disappoint. The lake was perfect. Columbines were everywhere. We arrived at sunrise and changed into our wedding attire. It was perfect in every way. We've heard that the park is only allowing wedding permits for certain spots, so we believe we are one of the only couples to say their vows at Sky Pond, but we would love to know if anyone else has shared this ceremony - it's a beautiful experience, especially at sunrise. Arrive early, because the park gets super busy in the summer months.

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’

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