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Lily Lake and Ridge Loop

Intermediate
 4.1 (20) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

Loop

9,089' 2,770 m

High

8,922' 2,720 m

Low

168' 51 m

Up

166' 51 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

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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.

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.

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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Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 20 votes

#6

in Estes Park

#1457

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  4.1 from 20 votes
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Recommended Route Rankings

#6

in Estes Park

#251

in Colorado

#1,457

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Photos

View of Longs Peak, looking west from Lily Lake. Lily Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park, Colorado.
Aug 10, 2019 near Estes Park, CO
Lily Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park, Colorado.
Aug 10, 2019 near Estes Park, CO
Rainy this day but great views here.
Jun 9, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Lily Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park, Colorado.
Aug 10, 2019 near Estes Park, CO
Overlooking Lily Lake from Lily Trail
Jul 9, 2020 near Estes Park, CO
Longs Peak from Lily Ridge Trail.
Jul 9, 2020 near Estes Park, CO

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Oct 13, 2021
Gabrielle Johnson
1.3mi
Oct 9, 2021
Najma Hamdani
Oct 7, 2021
Najma Hamdani
We started on the ridge trail and got lost so found a way down to lake trail. No serious panic but there was a lot of sliding down
Oct 1, 2021
Jessica Braucht
11h 25m
Jan 12, 2021
Bob King
Beautiful views from the Ridge Trail of Estes Cone and Longs Peak. The lake is frozen and can be skied, snowshoed, or hiked on. 2mi — 1h 00m
Aug 3, 2020
Susan C
Jul 29, 2020
Jonathan Everest
Jul 28, 2020
Zach Hayes
2.1mi