A couple weeks ago we hiked up to Lily Mountain Trail up by Estes Park, CO. The trail is not technically in Rocky Mountain National Park, which means you can bring your dog(s) with you! Yeah! We did this hike hoping to test out my knee on a little more elevation gain and rocks since what we read said this was a rocky trail. In all honesty, 3/4 of this trail is EASY and then the last little bit is rocky and you have to climb over some bigger boulders. If you’re new to hiking and want something a little more challenging this would be a good one for you, but if you’re an avid hiker this is an easy hike to knock out. The views from the top are beautiful, the rest of the hike is in the woods with a few good views looking down on Estes Park and looking back at the Twin Sisters Peak. Overall, for being close to Rocky Mountain National Park it wasn’t too busy and would highly recommend. If you’re going to do it though, I would recommend getting there between 7-9 a.m. to avoid crowds of people. When we were coming down it was starting to get busy.
Lily Mountain Trail
Length Roundtrip: 4 miles (out and back trail)
Elevation Gain: +1,180
Elevation Start/Finish: 8,780/9,786
*Note: Parking for this trail is literally right off of the road, so if you make it to the Twin Sisters Peak and Lily Lake parking lots you’ve gone too far, turn around and it’s back about 3/4 a mile.