Colorado Hiking: Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado Hiking: Rocky Mountain National Park

Hike the best trails and hidden gems of Rocky Mountain National Park, exploring the striking landscapes of the Continental Divide connecting Estes Park to Grand Lake.

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Hiking trail
Lake Estes Trail
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 6.4 km
Duration 2:00 h
Ascent 36 m
Descent 36 m

A warm-up hike in town around Lake Estes; a pefect way to warm up your legs, get a taste for the altitude, and get your first glimpes of the park's ...

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from Shan Nagar,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Map / Drive: Estes Park to Fern Lake Shuttle Stop
Difficulty
Distance 12.2 km
Duration 3:44 h
Ascent 248 m
Descent 48 m

Short drive from your hotel in Estes Park to the Fern Lake Shuttle Stop parking lot, where you'll take the shuttle over to the start of the walk ...

from Chase Marston,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 15 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 364 m
Descent 782 m

A beautiful point-to-point hike made possible by RMNP's shuttle system. Mountain views, pine forests, alpine lakes - this hike has it all!

from Shan Nagar,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 8.7 km
Duration 2:49 h
Ascent 289 m
Descent 289 m

Your day starts and ends at the Bear Lake trailhead, this wonderful loop hits on many of Rocky Mountain National Park's biggest attractions. 

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Map / Drive: Estes Park to Deer Mountain
Difficulty
Distance 11.4 km
Duration 0:59 h
Ascent 426 m
Descent 0 m

A drive from the Estes Park Visitors Center to the Deer Mountain Trailhead.

from Chase Marston,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 9.9 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 415 m
Descent 413 m

A rewarding out-and-back hike just a short drive from the park gates, providing beautiful views of Longs Peak and the town of Estes Park.

from Shan Nagar,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 78.2 km
Duration 6:04 h
Ascent 1,551 m
Descent 1,276 m

The drive that encompasses Estes Park to Alpine Ridge Visitor's Center Hike, Colorado River Trailhead, and to Grand Lake

from Chase Marston,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 1 km
Duration 0:25 h
Ascent 56 m
Descent 56 m

A short out and back hike from the visitor's center on Trail Ridge Road. Though less than a mile, the rewarding views provide a worthwhile hike!

from Chase Marston,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail
Shiplers Cabins
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 7.1 km
Duration 2:00 h
Ascent 68 m
Descent 68 m

A stunning out and back hike along the Colorado River that weaves through meadows and magestic trees. 

from Chase Marston,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail
Lulu City Hike
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 11.8 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 199 m
Descent 199 m

Walk to the site of an old mining community. A stunning out and back hike along the Colorado River that weaves through meadows and magestic trees.

from Chase Marston,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 28.5 km
Duration 8:14 h
Ascent 719 m
Descent 0 m

The driving route from Grand Lake Visitors Center to the trailhead for Mt. Ida at Milner Pass

from Chase Marston,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 15.8 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 741 m
Descent 743 m

A challenging, high-alpine out-and-back hike along the tundra of the Continental Divide, with sweeping vistas from every angle!

from Shan Nagar,   Macs Adventure Ltd