Top three reasons to go hiking in Estes Park
Discover one of the most popular adventure areas in the Rockies
Nearly 200 scenic and easily accessible trails at your disposal
From strolls to summits, hikers of all skill levels are accommodated in Estes Park
Serving as the gateway to the legendary Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is a small town with big hiking! Boasting over 350 miles of trails, a pleasant climate, and high-altitude panoramas straight out of a fairy tale, Estes Park earns its reputation as a world-class hiking paradise. The trails are as varied as they are beautiful—from the wildflower meadows and aspen groves of Lily Lake to the jagged cliffs and Sharktooth spires of Sky Pond, hikers of all creeds and skill levels are welcome here. Whether you’re looking to down a fourteener, meet a moose, or dip your toe in an alpine lake, Estes Park has you covered.
February through October
Denver, CO, is 1.5 hours away from Estes Park
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Half-Day of Hiking in Estes Park
Get ready for a 4-hour hiking trip with a seasoned guide. Experience the stunning and accessible Emerald Lake trail or one of the other world-class hikes around Bear Lake, a pristine alpine lake at nearly 10,000 ft (3,000 m) in elevation. Spot wildlife, admire the scenic flora, and take in some epic views of the surrounding Rockies!
Full-Day of Hiking in Estes Park
If 4 hours of adventuring in Estes Park just isn’t enough, how about a full day of hiking the Rockies’ thrilling trails. Enjoy a challenging, but rewarding 8-hour guided hike to Chasm Lake, with breathtaking views of the iconic Longs Peak! The sparkling alpine lakes and clear mountain air are sure to make you fall in love with the Rockies.
Meet your guide
Denver Mountain Guiding
AMGA Certified Guides
Jessie is absolutely amazing, everything one hopes for in a guide. He is vastly experienced and extensively trained which quickly instills a sense of confidence, safety, and trust. He has great instincts and set this first-timer at ease with his guidance, encouragement, and support. Easy going, great pace, great conversation…all of the makings for a perfect day! Thanks, Jessie!
Incredibly fun experience with our wonderful guide (Jason Antin)!
Professional guides, highly knowledgeable about the area, with the people skills to make it fun for everyone.
Thank you so much, Sean! We had a great time!
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Things to know
Covid measures in Estes Park, Colorado
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Estes Park, Colorado, please refer to the Colorado’s COVID-19 travel guidelines.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half or full day of hiking depending on your chosen itinerary
What’s not included:
- Lunch, snacks
How fit do I need to be?
The best thing about hiking in Estes Park is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for four hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. The advanced Longs Peak summit hike takes 10-14 hours, with steep descents, challenging switchbacks, and some technical rock climbing sections. Keep in mind, the weather can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Climbing helmet, harness, and climbing shoes (for the Longs Peak summit hike)
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Climbing helmet, harness, and climbing shoes for the Longs Peak hike can be rented from Estes Park Rock Climbing.
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For the half-day and full-day hikes, the max client-to-guide ratio is 10:1.
- For the Long’s Peak summit hike, the max client-to-guide ratio is 4:1.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!
Hiking in Estes Park can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Estes Park, CO, most people fly into Denver International Airport 1.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus to Boulder, CO, and a cab to Estes Park.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.