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Lily Lake and Ridge Loop

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1.1 Miles 1.8 Kilometers


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168' 51 m

Ascent

-166' -51 m

Descent

9,089' 2,770 m

High

8,922' 2,720 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Unknown

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A quick loop right off of the peak-to-peak highway near Estes that offers a taste of RMNP's bounty.

Brian Smith

Overview

This is a great way to experience a taste of RMNP's bountiful scenery, flora and fauna. It's an easy drive (or shuttle ride) from Estes Park and the trail is located directly off of the highway.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: This is a short enough loop to be doable for the whole family. If climbing and descending the ridge is too much at this altitude, give it the axe and finish the complete Lily Lake Trail.
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

From the Lily Lake TH, start out on the Lily Lake Trail in a clockwise direction. This section of trail offers a nice, flat warm-up with stunning views of Longs Peak (14,259') and Mount Meeker (13,911') and, of course, the serene Lily Lake. Once you've reached the opposite side of the lake, look for the Lily Ridge Trail to branch off to the left - take it.

Lily Ridge Trail switchbacks its way up the ridge on the northern shore of the lake before flattening out and descending to the lake's eastern shore. This trail could prove a slight challenge for some but the views down on the lake are worth it if you're willing to put in the extra work.

Once you descend back to the lake, you'll be back at the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

The wildflowers around Lily Lake are stunning in the spring after the snow melts. Keep an eye out for deer, birds of prey and the [not so] occasional chipmunk.

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Oct 2, 2017
Katie Jones
Sep 3, 2017
Daniel Sobral
Aug 31, 2017
Kev pat
Aug 26, 2017
Mantis Toboggan
Great place. Came on a Saturday in August and it was fairly empty. Not much parking. Easy trail, very well groomed. Great views from the Ridge. 2mi
Aug 8, 2017
Brian Yutzy
Jul 25, 2017
Ee Ee
Jul 10, 2017
Tracey Ziniel
With Chris 1.1mi
Jul 2, 2017
Stephen Pack

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  3.5 from 6 votes

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