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10,690' 3,258 m


8,744' 2,665 m


1,948' 594 m


1,947' 593 m



Avg Grade (9°)


Max Grade (21°)

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It seems like nobody knows of this trail, but it's a real gem and a short drive from the front range. A really cool "lookout" rock formation on top with full 360° views of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Indian Peaks.

Need to Know

Parking is VERY limited at the end of the dirt road. You may have to hike in.


From the interesection of CO-7 and US-36 in Estes Park, drive approximately 12 miles south, or from the intersection of CO 72 can CO-7 drive approximately 7.5 miles north, to Boulder County Road 113N and turn West (the only way possible). CR 113N is across CO-7 from the Meeker Park Lodge. Drive a little more than a half mile to the end of 113N. Don't continue on the private driveway. Park in one of only three or four spots.

The trail proceeds WNW from the road and its start is marked with a small wooden sign saying "-> TRAIL." After about fifty yards there will be a faint trail on your right, avoid this and continue straight. After another 300 yards there will be a trail on your left which immediately crosses Horse Creek on a foot bridge after departing from the main trail. This trail leads to Wild Basin. Again, avoid this trail and continue straight. After this point the trail becomes steep as it winds its way through thick forest. After about two miles you'll come to a sandy saddle between Lookout Mtn and Mt Meeker. The way to Meeker (via the Meeker Ridge Route) may be partially blocked by logs. Look for cairns to your left (SE). Follow the cairns for 1/4 mile to the summit of Lookout. The final move onto the summit block is class 3. Know your limits, and don't do what you can't undo.

Even without making the final move Lookout offers some of the very best views of the area.


Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by MikeT

Trail Ratings

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Big views from the Lookout
Dec 2, 2014 near Estes Park, CO
Views opening up of the Indian Peaks
Dec 2, 2014 near Estes Park, CO
Columbines grow everywhere along the trail!
Jul 4, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
The "lookout" with Longs Peak in the background
Dec 2, 2014 near Estes Park, CO
One of the many stream crossings
Dec 2, 2014 near Estes Park, CO


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Jun 22, 2023
alex Th13l
W/ Andrew. Got to top in 1:15 hr. In cloud @ top. Horse/sabertooth on way down. Found moose shed. Lightning strike real close on way down (.2 mi) 6mi
Sep 25, 2022
Daniel Dara
Aug 10, 2020
John Bowen
Oct 1, 2019
Kari Armstrong
Beautiful forest climb to super cool flat, tree covered saddle. Final climb to awesome overlook. Definitely one to come back to with more time.
Jun 4, 2019
Paul H
Snow stopped climb about 2/3rds of the way up but others were proceeding higher. 3.1mi
Aug 1, 2018
Swapan Chauhan
Trail is a constant incline. You'll reach the cleaning after 2.2 miles. Go left and follow the orange/pink flags to reach the final summit. 5mi
Apr 22, 2018
Leslie Dobbelstein
Jan 7, 2018
Levi Reisinger
Great challenging hike. Beautiful 360 vista at the top of the rock with an incredible view of the southern side of Longs Peak. 6mi

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