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Rocky Mountain National Park Dayhiker's Guide
Rocky Mountain National Park Dayhiker's Guide describes 33 of the best day hikes in the park. Author Jerome Malitz uses color photographs, and trails are cross-referenced with "Trails Illustrated" topographic maps.
































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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RMNP: The Jewel of the Rockies is your one-stop guide for everything you need to know to plan your visit to Rocky Mountain National Park, including "don't miss spots" in the park.


Alphabetic Directory of Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes

The table below provides basic information for more than 80 Rocky Mountain National Park hikes. This list of day hikes in RMNP is in alphabetical order. By clicking on any of the trail names below you'll find more detailed information for each hike, including trail descriptions, key features, directions, pictures, elevation profiles and maps.

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

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

To get a general idea on the location of any of the Rocky Mountain National Park hikes listed below, please check out our park map page.



Trail Name General Location Trail Features RT Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Adams Falls West Side Waterfalls, Fall Aspens 0.9 113 1.13
Alberta Falls Bear Lake Road Waterfalls, Fall Aspens 1.7 200 2.06
Alpine Ridge Trail Alpine Visitor Center Panoramic Views, Wildflowers 0.6 209 1.02
Andrews Tarn (Glacier) Bear Lake Road Alpine Lake, Glacier 9.3 2,300 13.90
Baker Pass West Side Outstanding Panoramic Views 12.1 2,400 16.90
Baker Pass-Parika Lake Loop West Side Outstanding Panoramic Views, Alpine Lake 13.5 2,625 18.75
Balanced Rock Estes Park Scenic Views, Geology, Fall Aspens 7.6 1,150 9.90
Bear Lake Loop Bear Lake Road Scenic Lake Views, Fall Aspens 0.8 45 0.89
Bear Lake to Fern Lake TH Bear Lake Road Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 9.2 1,230 11.66
Bierstadt Lake Bear Lake Road Lake Views, Fall Aspens 2.4 675 3.75
Bierstadt Lake (via Bear Lake) Bear Lake Road Scenic Lake Views, Fall Aspens 4.4 630 5.66
Bierstadt Lake Loop Bear Lake Road Scenic Lake Views, Fall Aspens, Forest 3.2 725 4.65
Big Meadows West Side Scenic views, Meadows, Wildflowers 3.6 740 5.08
Black Lake Bear Lake Road Outstanding Views, Alpine Lake, Waterfalls 9.6 1,480 12.56
Bluebird Lake Wild Basin Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 12.6 2,490 17.58
Bridal Veil Falls Estes Park Waterfall, Fall Aspens, Wildflowers, Wildlife 6.2 990 8.18
Calypso Cascades Wild Basin Waterfalls 3.6 610 4.82
Cascade Falls West Side Waterfalls, Wildlife, Wildflowers 6.8 430 7.66
Chapin / Chiquita / Ypsilon Alpine Visitor Center Outstanding Panoramic Views 8.3 3,100 14.48
Chasm Lake Longs Peak Alpine Lake, Outstanding Panoramic Views 8.5 2,500 13.50
Copeland Falls Wild Basin Waterfalls 0.9 75 1.01
Coyote Valley Trail West Side Scenic Views, Wildlife 1.0 15 1.03
Crystal Lake Estes Park Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 15.4 3,250 21.90
Cub Lake Estes Park Lake Views, Fall Aspens, Wildlife 4.8 570 5.94
Deer Mountain Estes Park Panoramic Views 6.2 1,210 8.62
Dream Lake Bear Lake Road Outstanding Lake Views, Wildflowers 2.2 450 3.14
Emerald Lake Bear Lake Road Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views, Wildflowers,  3.5 650 4.84
Estes Cone (via Lily Lake) Longs Peak Panoramic Views 7.5 2,275 12.05
Estes Cone (via Longs Peak) Longs Peak Panoramic Views, History 6.5 1,790 10.08
Eugenia Mine Longs Peak History, Pleasant Forest Hike 2.8 540 3.88
Fern Falls Estes Park Waterfalls, Fall Aspens, Wildflowers 5.2 700 6.60
Fern Lake Estes Park Scenic Lake Views, Fall Aspens, Wildflowers 7.6 1,400 10.40
Finch Lake Wild Basin Lake Views, Fall Aspens 8.6 1,850 12.30
Flattop Mountain Bear Lake Road Outstanding Views 8.9 2,850 14.60
Forest Canyon Pass Alpine Visitor Center Panoramic Views, Wildflowers 4.8 600 6.00
Four Lakes Loop Bear Lake Road Scenic Lake Views, Waterfalls, Fall Aspens 5.6 1,030 7.66
Gem Lake Estes Park Panoramic Views, Lake, Wildflowers, Fall Apens 3.5 1,000 5.50
Granite Falls West Side Waterfall, Scenic Views, Wildflowers 10.4 1120 12.64
Green Mountain-Onahu Creek Loop West Side Scenic Views, Meadows, Wildflowers 7.5 1300 10.10
Hallett Peak Bear Lake Road Outstanding Views 10.3 3,240 16.78
Holzwarth Historic Site West Side Historic Structures, Scenic Views 1.3 70 1.44
Keyhole on Longs Peak Longs Peak Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 12.4 3,825 20.05
Lake Haiyaha Bear Lake Road Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 3.9 865 5.63
Lake Helene Bear Lake Road Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 6.5 1,340 9.18
Lake Irene Alpine Visitor Center Lake, Scenic Views 0.9 95 1.09
Lake of the Clouds West Side Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 14.0 2,450 18.90
Lake Verna West Side Alpine Lake, Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 13.8 1,810 17.42
Lawn Lake Estes Park Lake Views 12.4 2,450 17.30
Lily Lake Loop Longs Peak Scenic Lake Views, Wildflowers 0.8 10 0.82
Lily Mountain Longs Peak Panoramic Views 4.0 1,180 6.36
Lion Lake No. 1 Wild Basin Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 14.0 2,565 19.13
Lone Pine Lake West Side Lake Views, Fall Aspens 11.0 1,550 14.10
Longs Peak Longs Peak Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 16.0 4,885 25.77
Lulu City Site West Side Historic, Scenic Views 6.2 500 7.20
Lumpy Ridge Loop Estes Park Outstanding Views, Wildflowers, Fall Aspens 11.0 2,475 15.95
Mills Lake Bear Lake Road Outstanding Lake Views, Waterfalls 5.3 780 6.84
Mt. Ida Alpine Visitor Center Outstanding Views 9.6 2465 14.53
Nymph Lake Bear Lake Road Lake Views, Fall Aspens 1.1 245 1.55
Odessa Lake (via Bear Lake) Bear Lake Road Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 8.9 1,900 12.68
Odessa Lake (via Fern Lake TH) Estes Park Outstanding Lake Views, Fall Aspens, Wildflowers 9.5 1,890 13.28
Ouzel Falls Wild Basin Waterfalls, Wildflowers 5.4 870 7.14
Ouzel Lake Wild Basin Subalpine Lake, Scenic Views, Waterfalls 10.2 1,695 13.59
Parika Lake West Side Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views, Wildflowers 11.1 2,510 16.12
Peak 12,150 Alpine Visitor Center Outstanding Views 5.6 1410 8.42
Pear Lake Wild Basin Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views, Fall Aspens 12.8 2,575 17.95
Poudre River Trail Alpine Visitor Center Scenic Views, River, Wildlife 6.0 475 6.95
Sandbeach Lake Wild Basin Outstanding Lake Views, Fall Aspens 8.8 2,020 12.84
Shadow Mountain Lookout West Side Panoramic Views, History 9.6 1,635 12.87
Sky Pond Bear Lake Road Outstanding Views, Alpine Lake, Waterfalls 9.0 1,780 12.60
Sprague Lake Loop Bear Lake Road Outstanding Lake Views 0.9 10 0.92
Spruce Lake Estes Park Lake Views, Fall Aspens, Waterfalls 9.0 1,675 12.35
The Loch Bear Lake Road Outstanding Lake Views, Waterfalls 5.7 1,040 7.74
The Pool Estes Park Stream, Fall Aspens, Wildflowers 3.4 205 3.81
Thunder Lake Wild Basin Subalpine Lake, Outstanding Views 11.6 2,275 16.15
Timber Lake West Side Scenic Lake Views, Wildflowers 9.6 2,100 13.80
Timberline Falls Bear Lake Road Waterfalls, Outstanding Lake Views 8.1 1,510 11.12
Tundra Communities Trail Alpine Visitor Center Outstanding views, Alpine Tundra 1.1 175 1.45
Twin Sisters Peak Longs Peak Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 7.0 2,475 11.95
Upper Beaver Meadows Loop Estes Park Scenic Views, Fall Aspens, Wildlife 5.0 935 6.87
Ute Trail Alpine Visitor Center Outstanding Views, Alpine Tundra 4.0 405 4.81
Ypsilon Lake Estes Park Lake Views, Waterfalls 9.0 2,180 13.36