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Lily Lake and Ridge Loop

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Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 168' 51 m
Descent: -166' -51 m
High: 9,089' 2,770 m
Low: 8,922' 2,720 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

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

Brian Smith

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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Jul 10, 2019
Jack A
Jun 23, 2019
J B
Took the ridge and explored. Beautiful hike. 1.4mi
Jun 3, 2019
Trent Caldwell
Apr 14, 2019
Mark Pellittieri
Feb 24, 2019
Kane Gladnick
Sep 28, 2018
Noelle Frantz
Jul 3, 2018
Zhong Miao
Jun 23, 2018
Matt Cee
Easy stroll with the kids, nice views. 1.1mi

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 9 votes

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in Estes Park

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#441

in Colorado

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Lily Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park, Colorado.
Aug 10, 2019 near Estes Park, CO
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
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
Rocky Mountain National Park
Dec 8, 2017 near Estes Park, CO

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