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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 photos, and trails are cross-referenced with the Trails Illustrated topographic map.




































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The Longs Peak Map includes Longs Peak, Bear Lake, Glacier Gorge, Moraine Park and Wild Basin areas of RMNP. With a scale of 1:25,000, this sectional map provides much greater detail such as backcountry campsites, footbridges, water and snow hazards, and shuttle stops.




































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.


Directory of Rocky Mountain Trails by Location

Below is a directory of Rocky Mountain trails that have been grouped by general location within the park, such as trails near Estes Park, Bear Lake, Glacier Gorge, Trail Ridge Road, Grand Lake, Longs Peak or Wild Basin. A more precise location is listed in the table, with trailhead directions on each individual trail page. To get a general idea on the location of any of the Rocky Mountain trails listed below, please check out our RMNP map page.

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

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 on the difficulty ratings for all Rocky Mountain trails, please click here.

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



Bear Lake / Glacier Gorge / Bear Lake Road
Trail Name Location Trail Features RT Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Alberta Falls Glacier Gorge Waterfalls, Fall Aspens 1.7 200 2.06
Andrews Tarn (Glacier) Glacier Gorge Alpine Lake, Glacier 9.3 2,300 13.90
Bear Lake Loop Bear Lake Scenic Lake Views, Fall Aspens 0.8 45 0.89
Bear Lake to Fern Lake TH Bear Lake  Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 9.2 1,230 11.66
Bierstadt Lake Bierstadt Lake TH Lake Views, Fall Aspens 2.4 675 3.75
Bierstadt Lake (via Bear Lake) Bear Lake Scenic Lake Views, Fall Aspens 4.4 630 5.66
Bierstadt Lake Loop Bierstadt Lake TH Scenic Lake Views, Fall Aspens, Forest 3.2 725 4.65
Black Lake Glacier Gorge Outstanding Views, Alpine Lake, Waterfalls 9.6 1,480 12.56
Dream Lake Bear Lake Outstanding Lake Views, Wildflowers 2.2 450 3.14
Emerald Lake Bear Lake Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views, Wildflowers,  3.5 650 4.84
Flattop Mountain Bear Lake Outstanding Views 8.9 2,850 14.60
Hallett Peak Bear Lake Outstanding Views 10.3 3,240 16.78
Lake Haiyaha Bear Lake Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 3.9 865 5.63
Lake Helene Bear Lake Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 6.5 1,340 9.18
Mills Lake Glacier Gorge Outstanding Lake Views, Waterfalls 5.3 780 6.84
Nymph Lake Bear Lake Lake Views, Fall Aspens 1.1 245 1.55
Odessa Lake (via Bear Lake) Bear Lake Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views 8.9 1,900 12.68
Sky Pond Glacier Gorge Outstanding Views, Alpine Lake, Waterfalls 9.0 1,780 12.60
Sprague Lake Loop Sprague Lake Outstanding Lake Views 0.9 10 0.92
The Loch Glacier Gorge Outstanding Lake Views, Waterfalls 5.7 1,040 7.74
Timberline Falls Glacier Gorge Waterfalls, Outstanding Lake Views 8.1 1,510 11.12



Estes Park / Moraine Park
Trail Name Location Trail Features RT Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Balanced Rock Lumpy Ridge Scenic Views, Geology, Fall Aspens 7.6 1,150 9.90
Crystal Lake Lawn Lake Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 15.4 3,250 21.90
Cub Lake Cub Lake Trailhead Lake Views, Wildflowers, Fall Aspens 4.6 640 5.88
Deer Mountain Deer Ridge Junction Panoramic Views 6.2 1,210 8.62
Fern Falls Fern Lake Trailhead Waterfalls, Fall Aspens, Wildflowers 5.2 700 6.60
Fern Lake Fern Lake Trailhead Scenic Lake Views, Fall Aspens, Wildflowers 7.6 1,400 10.40
Gem Lake Lumpy Ridge Panoramic Views, Lake, Wildflowers, Fall Apens 3.5 1,000 5.50
Lawn Lake Lawn Lake Lake Views 12.4 2,450 17.30
Lumpy Ridge Loop Lumpy Ridge Outstanding Views, Wildflowers, Fall Aspens 11.0 2,475 15.95
Odessa Lake (via Fern Lake TH) Fern Lake Trailhead Outstanding Lake Views, Fall Aspens, Wildflowers 9.5 1,890 13.28
Spruce Lake Fern Lake Trailhead Lake Views, Fall Aspens, Waterfalls 9.0 1,675 12.35
The Pool Fern Lake Trailhead Stream, Fall Aspens, Wildflowers 3.4 205 3.81
Ypsilon Lake Lawn Lake Lake Views, Waterfalls 9.0 2,180 13.36



Alpine Visitor Center / Upper Trail Ridge Road
Trail Name Location Trail Features RT Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Alpine Ridge Trail Alpine Visitor Center Panoramic Views, Wildflowers 0.6 209 1.02
Chapin / Chiquita / Ypsilon Chapin Pass Outstanding views, Alpine Tundra 7.0 2,874 12.75
Forest Canyon Pass Milner Pass Panoramic Views, Wildflowers 4.8 600 6.00
Lake Irene Lake Irene Picnic Area Lake, Scenic Views 0.9 95 1.09
Mt. Ida Milner Pass Outstanding Views 9.6 2465 14.53
Peak 12,150 Milner Pass Outstanding Views 5.6 1410 8.42
Poudre River Trail Milner Pass Scenic Views, River, Wildlife 6.0 475 6.95
Tundra Communities Trail Rock Cut Outstanding views, Alpine Tundra 1.1 175 1.45
Ute Trail Ute Crossing Outstanding views, Alpine Tundra 4.0 325 4.65



Longs Peak / Lily Lake
Trail Name Location Trail Features RT Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Chasm Lake Longs Peak Alpine Lake, Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 8.4 2,450 13.30
Estes Cone (via Lily Lake) Lily Lake 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
Keyhole on Longs Peak Longs Peak Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 12.4 3,825 20.05
Lily Lake Loop Lily Lake Scenic Lake Views, Wildflowers 0.8 10 0.82
Lily Mountain Lily Mountain TH Panoramic Views 4.0 1,180 6.36
Longs Peak Longs Peak Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 16.0 4,885 25.77
Twin Sisters Peak Twin Sisters Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 7.0 2,475 11.95



Wild Basin
Trail Name Location Trail Features RT Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Bluebird Lake Wild Basin Trailhead Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 12.6 2,490 17.58
Calypso Cascades Wild Basin Trailhead Waterfalls 3.6 610 4.82
Copeland Falls Wild Basin Trailhead Waterfalls 0.9 75 1.01
Finch Lake Finch Lake Trailhead Lake Views, Fall Aspens 8.6 1,850 12.30
Lion Lake No. 1 Wild Basin Trailhead Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 14.0 2,565 19.13
Lookout Mountain Meeker Park Outstanding views 4.4 1,960 8.32
Ouzel Falls Wild Basin Trailhead Waterfalls, Wildflowers 5.4 870 7.14
Ouzel Lake Wild Basin Trailhead Scenic Lake Views, Wildflowers 9.8 1,550 12.90
Pear Lake Finch Lake Trailhead Alpine Lake, Outstanding Views, Fall Aspens 12.8 2,575 17.95
Sandbeach Lake Sandbeach Lake Outstanding Lake Views 8.6 1,971 12.54
Thunder Lake Wild Basin Trailhead Subalpine Lake, Outstanding Views 11.6 2,275 16.15



West Side / Grand Lake
Trail Name Location Trail Features RT Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Adams Falls East Inlet Trailhead Waterfalls, Fall Aspens 0.9 113 1.13
Baker Pass Bowen/Baker TH Outstanding views 11.5 2,389 16.28
Big Meadows Green Mountain TH Scenic views, Meadows, Wildflowers 3.6 740 5.08
Cascade Falls North Inlet TH Waterfalls, Wildlife, Wildflowers 6.8 430 7.66
Coyote Valley Trail West Side Scenic Views, Wildlife 1.0 15 1.03
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
Holzwarth Historic Site Holzwarth Historic Site Historic Structures, Scenic Views 1.3 70 1.44
Lake Nokoni North Inlet TH Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 19.8 2,240 24.28
Lake of the Clouds Colorado River Alpine Lake, Outstanding views 14.0 2,450 18.90
Lake Verna East Inlet Trailhead Alpine Lake, Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 13.8 1,810 17.42
Lone Pine Lake East Inlet Trailhead Lake Views, Fall Aspens 11.0 1,550 14.10
Lulu City Site Colorado River Historic, Scenic Views 6.2 500 7.20
Shadow Mountain Lookout East Shore Outstanding views, Historic 9.6 1,530 12.66
Spirit Lake East Inlet Trailhead Alpine Lake, Outstanding views, Fall Aspens 15.5 1,900 19.30
Timber Lake Timber Lake Scenic Lake Views, Wildflowers 9.6 2,100 13.80