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80 mi 129 km of trail 10 Recommended Routes

Gems 6 Gems Easy Trails 7 Trails Intermediate Trails 18 Trails Hard Trails 5 Trails

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Gems in Trail Ridge Road - 6

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gem Favorite View towards Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain NP

Trail Ridge Road Summit

(41) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite View of Chasm Falls

Chasm Falls and Old Fall River Road

(21) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite Bighorn sheep ram

Bighorn Sheep Viewing - Sheep Lakes

(11) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite The Roaring River.

Alluvial Fan

(27) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite Tundra Communities Trail.

Tundra Communities Trail (aka Toll Memorial Trail)

(13) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite Beaver!

Beaver Viewing at the Beaver Boardwalk

(6) Estes Park, CO

Recommended Routes in Trail Ridge Road - 10

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Favorite Coming down from the summit of Mt. Ida, we make our way off into the horizon.
Difficult

Mount Ida

9.5 mi 15.3 km 2,231' Up 679.92 m Up 2,228' Down 679.21 m Down

Grand Lake, CO
Favorite Milky Way from the park
Intermediate

Deer Mountain

6.3 mi 10.1 km 1,325' Up 403.97 m Up 1,325' Down 403.92 m Down

Estes Park, CO
Favorite Ute Trail on Trail Ridge, Rocky Mountain NP CO
Intermediate

Upper Ute Trail Out-and-Back

3.9 mi 6.3 km 884' Up 269.58 m Up 891' Down 271.45 m Down

Estes Park, CO
Favorite On top of Mt Chiquita looking toward Ypsilon on the left, Lake Ypsilon center, and Estes Park in the distance.
Difficult

Mount Chiquita

5.2 mi 8.4 km 1,934' Up 589.57 m Up 1,934' Down 589.59 m Down

Estes Park, CO
Favorite Milky Way from the park
Difficult

Crystal Lakes Long Loop

32.0 mi 51.5 km 5,919' Up 1804.08 m Up 5,953' Down 1814.56 m Down

Estes Park, CO
Favorite Start of Big Thompson with permission from dreamer 200
Difficult

Mummy Kill Route (Mummy Marathon)

16.7 mi 26.9 km 4,429' Up 1350.1 m Up 7,004' Down 2134.77 m Down

Estes Park, CO
Favorite The Slopes of Mt. Ida with permission from Ed Ogle
Intermediate/Difficult

Timber Lake Trail

9.3 mi 14.9 km 2,012' Up 613.19 m Up 2,012' Down 613.11 m Down

Grand Lake, CO
Favorite Milky Way from the park
Intermediate/Difficult

Deer Mountain Loop

10.5 mi 16.9 km 1,698' Up 517.54 m Up 1,698' Down 517.52 m Down

Estes Park, CO
Favorite Rocky Mtn National Park with permission from Peter B. Pearman
Intermediate

Lulu City Out-and-Back

7.1 mi 11.4 km 759' Up 231.31 m Up 753' Down 229.38 m Down

Grand Lake, CO
Favorite Beaver!
Easy

Beaver Boardwalk

0.1 mi 0.2 km 3' Up 1 m Up 3' Down 0.98 m Down

Estes Park, CO

Trails in Trail Ridge Road - 20

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6.3 mi 10.2 km #1Lawn Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO 25 
4.8 mi 7.7 km #2Ute Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO 11 
0.5 mi 0.8 km #3Tundra Communities Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Estes Park, CO 12 
0.4 mi 0.6 km #4Alpine Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Grand Lake, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Grand Lake, CO 13 
3.0 mi 4.8 km #5Ypsilon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO 15 
6.8 mi 11.0 km #6Deer Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
2.4 mi 3.9 km #7Chapin Pass Trail
Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Difficult
Estes Park, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #8Spectacle Lakes Primitive Trail
Very Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Very Difficult
Estes Park, CO
0.3 mi 0.5 km #9Alluvial Fan Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Estes Park, CO 12 
5.1 mi 8.2 km #10North Deer Mountain Trail
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
8.2 mi 13.2 km #11Black Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km #12Mount Chiquita - Ypsilon Summit Trail
Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Difficult
Estes Park, CO
3.5 mi 5.7 km #13Milner Pass - Fall River Pass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Grand Lake, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Grand Lake, CO
3.3 mi 5.2 km #14Colorado River Trail - La Poudre Pass Trail
Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO
Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO
9.7 mi 15.6 km #15Poudre River Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Grand Lake, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Grand Lake, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km #16Little Horseshoe Park Trail
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
1.1 mi 1.7 km #17Chapin Pass - Lower Fork
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
15.2 mi 24.5 km #18Grand Ditch Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Grand Lake, CO
3.2 mi 5.2 km #19Chapin Creek Trail
Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Difficult
Estes Park, CO
2.1 mi 3.4 km #20Holzwarth-Colorado River Trail
Easy
Grand Lake, CO
Easy
Grand Lake, CO

Photos of Trail Ridge Road - 70

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Milky Way from the park
Jan 8, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Bighorn Sheep
Jan 28, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Rocky Mtn Nat Park with permission from danhester
Jan 8, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Ute Trail on Trail Ridge, Rocky Mountain NP CO
Jan 15, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Start of Big Thompson with permission from dreamer 200
Jan 11, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Tonight's at Aspenglen
Feb 9, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Bull Elk at Sheep Lake/Horseshoe Park
Jan 18, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
On the Fall River Pass trail
Feb 18, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO