Known as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is surrounded by beautiful terrain and a vast network of trails. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors with a getaway to Estes Park, where access to trails such as Lily Mountain Trail is just a short drive away.
Considered a moderate hike, Lily Mountain Trailhead is four miles round trip and offers 1180 feet of elevation gain. It starts out by tracing the ridgeline above the highway before the ascent of the mountain begins. Much of the trail passes through evergreen forest, providing plenty of shade cover on sunny days and picturesque views. While this is rated a moderate trail, hikers should keep the high altitude and significant elevation change in mind when preparing for this hike. Most of the trail is straightforward and easy to follow, although uphill. Once you’re near the peak, there is some rock scrambling involved as well as some exposure to steep drop-offs. It will take some effort to reach the summit and when you do, the reward is a spectacular panoramic view of Mount Meeker, Longs Peak, the mountains along the Continental Divide and in the Mummy Range, Estes Cone, and Twin Sisters Peak. Take caution reversing the rock scramble on the way down before retracing the trail back to the start.
Planning Your Adventure on Lily Mountain Trail
Located just under 6 miles south of Estes Park on Colorado Highway 7, the Lily Mountain Trailhead is just a short drive from our vacation rentals at Mountain Village at Lake Estes. While not technically located in Rocky Mountain National Park, but rather within Roosevelt National Forest, the trail is present on official National Park maps. Lily Mountain Trail is four miles round trip.
Sleep and Play in Estes Park
Stay awhile in Estes Park when you book a stay along the shores of Lake Estes in one of the cabins listed with us at Mountain Village at Lake Estes. In Mountain Village at Lake Estes, we take great pride in our state’s natural beauty, and we seek to take advantage of that both inside and outside of our vacation cabins. Soaring two-story windows in our great rooms look out over picturesque outdoor views, while interiors incorporate the feel of a quintessential Colorado mountain chalet with high-end features. Browse our listings today and come make Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding forest areas your playground!