Lake Estes Trail

Colorado

Get a FREE guidebook when you join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Take your pick of one of our 13 trail guides when you give $30 or more to build trails!

Lake Estes Trail Facts

States: Colorado
Counties: Larimer
Length: 3.8 miles
Trail end points: Estes Park Visitor Center on US 34 and Lake Estes
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7311226
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

With Unlimited:

  • Export to My Trail Guide
  • Create Guidebook
  • Download GPX
  • Download Offline Maps
  • Print Friendly Map
Upgrade Now

Lake Estes Trail Description

The Lake Estes Trail is a paved pathway that loops around its namesake lake, offering scenic views of the water and surrounding Rocky Mountains. In the fall, watch for elk that roam in the area. On the south side of the lake, you can find restrooms and drinking fountains in the Cherokee Draw Day-Use Area, and the trail is near downtown Estes Park with plentiful places to eat, shop and sightsee.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is located on the west end of the trail at the Estes Park Visitor Center, near the corner of N. St. Vrain Avenue (US 36) and Big Thompson Avenue (US 34).

Lake Estes Trail Reviews

It's great to experience the vast beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains and there is no better place than in Estes Park! The Lake Estes Trail offers panoramic views at any given point as you circle around the lake and ride along side the Lake Estes Golf Club. At a little under 4 miles it makes a great hiking/walking trail as well as cycling. Enjoy the view of the Stanley Hotel or drop a line in the lake as you make your way around...this trail offers much to do for all!

Skated this loop while passing through and really enjoyed it. I went clockwise from the visitor center to take advantage of the steep downhill under the powerlines. Somewhat crowded with pedestrians at times, but the pavement is very nice and so are the views.

With an inversion at lower elevations, it was pretty nice day to ride this ...around 42 degrees F, 10 mph winds, sunny skies. Note that this area is pretty wind prone anytime of the year which could increase the chill factor significantly.

Trail was clear of snow/ice and was in good riding condition (smooth, well maintained, etc).

Fun loop to do in both directions and extremely scenic. Pretty easy but not totally flat, there are enough little rises to get your speed or heart rate up.

Though it was not too busy on this day, there were still plenty folks wandering all along it. Estes Park is a year round tourist destination after all. Would imagine that during the other seasons, particularly summer, it could be almost unbearable to ride at times due to "crowds".

Accordion

Very pretty trail but also very short. I did this trail on a longboard and most of it is flat. I started this trail going clock wise because if you go counter clockwise it gets really steep going down to the bottom of the dam. The best time to ride this trail is in early spring and after all the kids go back to school because it can get very crowded with tourist's.

Trail Events

This trail does not have any events yet.
Be the first to add one!

Add an Event

Nearby Trails

Saint Vrain Avenue Trail

Colorado - 1.7 miles

Not to be confused with the longer Saint Vrain Greenway of nearby Longmont, the Saint Vrain Avenue Trail is a hard surface, multiuse trail in the...

Corridor Trail

Colorado - 0.8 miles

Note: Like most of Lyons' parks system, the Corridor Trail has been closed since a devastating flood in September 2013. Work is currently underway to...

Loveland Recreation Trail

Colorado - 18.6 miles

The Loveland Recreation Trail encircles the "Gateway to the Rockies," offering views of the mountains and access to many of Loveland's natural...

Accordion

Switzerland Trail

Colorado - 14 miles

The Switzerland Trail in the peaks west of Boulder was named for the spectacular mountain scenery along this remote and former railroad route....

Long View Trail

Colorado - 4.4 miles

The Long View Trail is a north-south trail connecting Loveland to Fort Collins. The trail is a ribbon of pavement winding across Larimer County’s...

Fossil Creek Trail

Colorado - 8.7 miles

The Fossil Creek Trail offers over 8 miles of paved pathway (in two disconnected segments) on the south side of Fort Collins, a college town at the...

Spring Creek Trail (CO)

Colorado - 7.8 miles

The Spring Creek Trail travels more than 7 miles across Fort Collins, providing an important off-road route between the east and west halves of the...

Oligarchy Ditch Greenway

Colorado - 4.47 miles

In the 1800s, a series of ditches was constructed to manage water and irrigate farmland in the Saint Vrain Valley. The historic Oligarchy Ditch dates...

St. Vrain Greenway

Colorado - 8 miles

The St. Vrain Greenway begins in Golden Ponds Park and travels east along the creek for more than half its distance. At the park, watch for the bald...

Mason Trail

Colorado - 4.5 miles

The Mason Trail runs north–south through Fort Collins, paralleling McClellan Drive north of Horsetooth Road (CR 40) and the railroad tracks south of...

Poudre Trail (Fort Collins)

Colorado - 12.3 miles

The Poudre Trail in Fort Collins follows the meandering course of the Poudre River from the Bellevue Watson Fish Hatchery to Colorado State...

Power Trail

Colorado - 3.9 miles

The Power Trail provides a convenient north-south route through Fort Collins in two disconnected segments along the west side of the Union Pacific...

Download the TrailLink mobile app and take TrailLink with you!
Give to support trails on #GivingTuesday!
Get a FREE guidebook when you join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy!

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews

Log in with Google

OR

Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more!

Register with Google

OR