Hike Lily Mountain
Colorado › Lily Mountain Trailhead
Added by Matt Willey
- Quick hike that will get your heart rate up with a 1000ft elevation gain in just under 4 miles
- Close to Estes Park and Estes Park Brewery
- Views of Longs Peak, Twin Sisters Peak and Rocky Mountain National Park from the summit
Lily Mountain Trail is a relatively quick and family (including the four-legged members) friendly hike that will take you to the summit over an up-and-back style 3.8 mile round trip trail. From the summit, you can enjoy views of Longs Peak, Twin Sisters Peak and the Rocky Mountain National Park.
The hike starts at the Lily Mountain Trailhead, which is located about 6 miles south of Estes Park on HWY 7. The small parking area is on the west side of the road, before you reach Lily Lake. The parking is limited for this hike, so you may want to arrive early in order to secure a spot!
The first mile of the hike gradually climbs through pine forest, with occasional rock outcroppings, and provides views of the Estes Park Valley. After the first mile, the trail turns south and steepens as it climbs the north side of Lily Mountain. For the next ¾ mile, the trail is well marked and easy to follow; however, the last ¼ mile of the trail becomes less defined. Small cairns have been placed by previous adventurers to help guide you to the summit. This section requires a bit of scrambling, but the view from the top is well worth all the effort. To the southwest, you will see Longs Peak looming over the rest of Rocky Mountain National Park. Looking north will provide you with a view of Estes Park, and to the east is Twin Sisters Peak. After enjoying some time and maybe a snack at the summit, return back to the trailhead via the same route.
- The trail never crosses into Rocky Mountain National Park
- Although Lily Lake is close, unfortunately there is no access to it from Lily Mountain. Afternoon storms are very common in this area in the summer
- Lighting is a real hazard, so void being above tree line when a storms roll in.
- Hiking Boots/trail runners
- Adequate water & snacks
- First aid kit
- Layered clothing
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This hike is ideal for those with dogs that are in the Estes Park area visiting or otherwise due to not being able to hike within the park with them. Great views at the end and the the incline doesn't seem that bad. There are several rocky areas to sit on the way up if needed that offer nice picture spots as well. Close to other trails (not dog friendly) and of course the breweries in Estes Park. For a good post hike burger head to Grubsteak and try the Yak burger. Yes, yak burger, you won't be disappointed with it and a nice cold local brew. Head on into the park to explore but pop back out for a quick hike to stretch the two and four legs...
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