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Best Easy Day Hikes Rocky Mountain N.P. details 36 of the best day hikes that lead to some of Rocky Mountain's most scenic destinations.
























National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for Rocky Mountain National Park
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for Rocky Mountain National Park contains detailed topographic information, clearly marked trails, recreational points of interest, and navigational aids.


























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Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Hiking Guide explores all 400 named features in the park, from casual strolls to class 4 climbing. Two-thirds of the book covers off-trail hikes not commonly found in other guidebooks.



Directory of Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Trails by Difficulty Rating

Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park can be quite challenging, and hiking a trail above your fitness level can make for a less than enjoyable day while out on the trail. Below is a list of hiking trails in Rocky Mountain National Park based on difficulty rating, and ranked from easiest to hardest hikes. This list is intended to help hikers find a trail that's best suited to their abilities.

Difficulty Rating Defined: a difficulty rating of less than 5 is generally considered to be an easy hike. Between 5 and 10 is moderate, and anything over 10 is considered to be a strenuous hike. For a more detailed explanation of difficulty ratings while hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, please click here.

By clicking on any of the trail names below you'll get more detailed information for each hike, including trail descriptions, directions, key features, pictures, elevation profiles and maps.

R/T on the table heading below stands for total round trip mileage.

To get a general idea on the location of any hiking trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, please check out our park map page.



Trail Name General Location Trail Features RT Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Lily Lake Loop Longs Peak Scenic Lake Views, Wildflowers 0.8 10 0.82
Bear Lake Loop Bear Lake Road Scenic Lake Views, Fall Aspens 0.8 45 0.89
Sprague Lake Loop Bear Lake Road Outstanding Lake Views 0.9 10 0.92
Copeland Falls Wild Basin Waterfalls 0.9 75 1.01
Alpine Ridge Trail Alpine Visitor Center Panoramic Views, Wildflowers 0.6 209 1.02
Coyote Valley Trail West Side Scenic Views, Wildlife 1.0 15 1.03
Lake Irene Alpine Visitor Center Lake, Scenic Views 0.9 95 1.09
Adams Falls West Side Waterfalls, Fall Aspens 0.9 113 1.13
Holzwarth Historic Site West Side Historic Structures, Scenic Views 1.3 70 1.44
Tundra Communities Trail Alpine Visitor Center Outstanding views, Alpine Tundra 1.1 175 1.45
Nymph Lake Bear Lake Road Lake Views, Fall Aspens 1.1 245 1.55
Alberta Falls Bear Lake Road Waterfalls, Fall Aspens 1.7 200 2.06
Dream Lake Bear Lake Road Outstanding Lake Views, Wildflowers 2.2 450 3.14
Bierstadt Lake Bear Lake Road Lake Views, Fall Aspens 2.4 675 3.75
The Pool Estes Park Stream, Fall Aspens, Wildflowers 3.4 205 3.81
Eugenia Mine Longs Peak History, Pleasant Forest Hike 2.8 540 3.88
Bierstadt Lake Loop Bear Lake Road Scenic Lake Views, Fall Aspens, Forest 3.2 725 4.65
Ute Trail Alpine Visitor Center Outstanding views, Alpine Tundra 4.0 325 4.65
Calypso Cascades Wild Basin Waterfalls 3.6 610 4.82
Emerald Lake Bear Lake Road Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views, Wildflowers,  3.5 650 4.84
Big Meadows West Side Scenic views, Meadows, Wildflowers 3.6 740 5.08
Gem Lake Estes Park Panoramic Views, Lake, Wildflowers, Fall Apens 3.5 1,000 5.50
Lake Haiyaha Bear Lake Road Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 3.9 865 5.63
Bierstadt Lake (via Bear Lake) Bear Lake Road Scenic Lake Views, Fall Aspens 4.4 630 5.66
Cub Lake Estes Park Lake Views, Wildflowers, Fall Aspens 4.6 640 5.88
Forest Canyon Pass Alpine Visitor Center Panoramic Views, Wildflowers 4.8 600 6.00
Lily Mountain Longs Peak Panoramic Views 4.0 1,180 6.36
Fern Falls Estes Park Waterfalls, Fall Aspens, Wildflowers 5.2 700 6.60
Mills Lake Bear Lake Road Outstanding Lake Views, Waterfalls 5.3 780 6.84
Poudre River Trail Alpine Visitor Center Scenic Views, River, Wildlife 6.0 475 6.95
Ouzel Falls Wild Basin Waterfalls, Wildflowers 5.4 870 7.14
Lulu City Site West Side Historic, Scenic Views 6.2 500 7.20
Cascade Falls West Side Waterfalls, Wildlife, Wildflowers 6.8 430 7.66
The Loch Bear Lake Road Outstanding Lake Views, Waterfalls 5.7 1,040 7.74
Lookout Mountain Wild Basin Outstanding views 4.4 1,960 8.32
Peak 12,150 Alpine Visitor Center Outstanding Views 5.6 1410 8.42
Deer Mountain Estes Park Panoramic Views 6.2 1,210 8.62
Lake Helene Bear Lake Road Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 6.5 1,340 9.18
Balanced Rock Estes Park Scenic Views, Geology, Fall Aspens 7.6 1,150 9.90
Estes Cone (via Longs Peak) Longs Peak Panoramic Views, History 6.5 1,790 10.08
Green Mountain-Onahu Creek Loop West Side Scenic Views, Meadows, Wildflowers 7.5 1300 10.10
Fern Lake Estes Park Scenic Lake Views, Fall Aspens, Wildflowers 7.6 1,400 10.40
Timberline Falls Bear Lake Road Waterfalls, Outstanding Lake Views 8.1 1,510 11.12
Bear Lake to Fern Lake TH Bear Lake Road Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 9.2 1,230 11.66
Estes Cone (via Lily Lake) Longs Peak Panoramic Views 7.5 2,275 12.05
Finch Lake Wild Basin Lake Views, Fall Aspens 8.6 1,850 12.30
Spruce Lake Estes Park Lake Views, Fall Aspens, Waterfalls 9.0 1,675 12.35
Twin Sisters Peak Longs Peak Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 7.4 2,475 12.35
Sandbeach Lake Wild Basin Outstanding Lake Views 8.6 1,971 12.54
Black Lake Bear Lake Road Outstanding Views, Alpine Lake, Waterfalls 9.6 1,480 12.56
Sky Pond Bear Lake Road Outstanding Views, Alpine Lake, Waterfalls 9.0 1,780 12.60
Granite Falls West Side Waterfall, Scenic Views, Wildflowers 10.4 1120 12.64
Shadow Mountain Lookout West Side Outstanding views, Historic 9.6 1,530 12.66
Odessa Lake (via Bear Lake) Bear Lake Road Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 8.9 1,900 12.68
Chapin / Chiquita / Ypsilon Alpine Visitor Center Outstanding views, Alpine Tundra 7.0 2,874 12.75
Ouzel Lake Wild Basin Scenic Lake Views, Wildflowers 9.8 1,550 12.90
Odessa Lake (via Fern Lake TH) Estes Park Outstanding Lake Views, Fall Aspens, Wildflowers 9.5 1,890 13.28
Chasm Lake Longs Peak Alpine Lake, Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 8.4 2,450 13.30
Ypsilon Lake Estes Park Lake Views, Waterfalls 9.0 2,180 13.36
Timber Lake West Side Scenic Lake Views, Wildflowers 9.6 2,100 13.80
Andrews Tarn (Glacier) Bear Lake Road Alpine Lake, Glacier 9.3 2,300 13.90
Lone Pine Lake West Side Lake Views, Fall Aspens 11.0 1,550 14.10
Mt. Ida Alpine Visitor Center Outstanding Views 9.6 2465 14.53
Flattop Mountain Bear Lake Road Outstanding Views 8.9 2,850 14.60
Lumpy Ridge Loop Estes Park Outstanding Views, Wildflowers, Fall Aspens 11.0 2,475 15.95
Thunder Lake Wild Basin Subalpine Lake, Outstanding Views 11.6 2,275 16.15
Baker Pass West Side Outstanding views 11.5 2,389 16.28
Hallett Peak Bear Lake Road Outstanding Views 10.3 3,240 16.78
Lawn Lake Estes Park Lake Views 12.4 2,450 17.30
Lake Verna West Side Alpine Lake, Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 13.8 1,810 17.42
Bluebird Lake Wild Basin Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 12.6 2,490 17.58
Pear Lake Wild Basin Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views, Fall Aspens 12.8 2,575 17.95
Lake of the Clouds West Side Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 14.0 2,450 18.90
Lion Lake No. 1 Wild Basin Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 14.0 2,565 19.13
Spirit Lake West Side Alpine Lake, Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 15.5 1,900 19.30
Keyhole on Longs Peak Longs Peak Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 12.4 3,825 20.05
Crystal Lake Estes Park Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 15.4 3,250 21.90
Lake Nokoni West Side Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 19.8 2,240 24.28
Longs Peak Longs Peak Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 16.0 4,885 25.77