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Lily Lake Trailhead

State Highway 7, From Estes Park, Drive 6.3 Miles South From the Intersection of U.S. 36 and Colorado Highway 7, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517
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A beautiful, easy, flat, less that a mile stroll along the shores of a gorgeous lake.

We took this hike after a day of moderate hikes (sometimes in snow) and it was a relaxing way to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Steve F
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Nunica, Michigan
Trail Provides Vistas For Adults and Opportunities For Kids To Explore

This is a nice side trail to the Lily Lake Loop. I would definitely start the trail at the far end... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2016
Colo-Mtn-Hiker
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Broomfield, CO
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“easy hike” (4 reviews)
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State Highway 7, From Estes Park, Drive 6.3 Miles South From the Intersection of U.S. 36 and Colorado Highway 7, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took this hike after a day of moderate hikes (sometimes in snow) and it was a relaxing way to end our day. On the southeaster part of RMNP and right off the road. Mostly sunny hard-packed trail, great for older people who want to...More

Thank Steve F
Reviewed 15 October 2016

This is a nice side trail to the Lily Lake Loop. I would definitely start the trail at the far end of the lake and not at the beginning. At the beginning there is a series of high stone steps (it is easier to go...More

Thank Colo-Mtn-Hiker
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Lily Lake Trail (0.9 miles), a level gravel trail circles the lake, and is suitable for strollers and hikers of all ages and abilities. Lily Ridge Tail (1.1 miles), climbs above the lake and offers fine views of water and RMNP's two highest peaks, Mt....More

Thank Enhan
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We walked the flat path around the lake and hiked the higher trail. I liked both but the 'steps' in the high trail were a bit much for my wife. The first ascent is steep. Also the trail isn't well marked up on top. I...More

Thank MikeKerrey
Reviewed 11 September 2016

A very popular lake side walk. I believe there are two loop lengths to choose from. Good nearly any time of year.

Thank sternfire
Reviewed 2 August 2016

We had a large range in ages with us on this hike and everyone made it. The trail around the lake is very wide and level and easy. The ridge trail is steep for awhile, but a beautiful trail. It takes you up above the...More

Thank travelmarian
Reviewed 12 July 2016

The parking lot is right up against the lake so you don't have to walk far to enjoy it. There are picnic tables and places to take in the view of the lake without you needing to get on a trail. The trail looked paved...More

Thank Texas_suz
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

The walking path around Lily Lake was perfect for families with small children and strollers. Beautiful views and flat terrain. Best part is the close proximity to Estes and no RMNP entrance fee yet it's in the park!

Thank Pam P
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Folks who live at sea level (like myself) need to acclimatize to higher levels when visiting the Rocky Mountains. Lily Lake is the perfect place to begin. The trail is mostly flat and easy to walk. I saw lots of elderly folks on this trail...More

Thank 265lhall
Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

We met a retired couple in rainbow curve who told us to make sure we do the lily lake trailhead and not just walk around the lake. Boy, we are so glad we listened. It's easy enough, I have an 8 year old who enjoyed...More

Thank Kapishpanda
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