Estes Park, Colorado, is a hiker’s paradise. With stunning landscapes and trails for all skill levels, experienced trekkers and total newbies alike are sure to have a great time. Here are some of our favorites:
- Wheelchair-accessible Lily Lake offers a pristine 0.8-mile loop the whole family will enjoy, along with opportunities to fish.
- Gem Lake is a moderate, 3.8-mile hike that features some of the most spectacular views in the Estes Park Valley.
- Try 14-mile Longs Peak for the ultimate mountain challenge.
Before you hit the trails, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these helpful hiking tips:
Avoid becoming weak or dizzy on the trail by sipping 4 to 6 ounces of water every 20 minutes or so.
Make sure someone knows where you are
Tell someone where you’re hiking, and make sure someone on the hike has a good idea of the itinerary, and what time you should worry and call for help. Consider carrying a device called a SPOT tracker, which will allow you to be located by satellite in case of an emergency.
Dress the part
Choose wool or synthetic socks to keep your feet warm and dry, and invest in a good pair of hiking boots to avoid painful feet.
Leave no trace
Be sure to take all trash with you and don’t litter on the trail. The beautiful trails will only stay beautiful if we care for them!
If you’re planning to hike near Estes Park, there’s no better place to rest your head after a day on the trails than Misty Mountain Lodge. Give us a call at 855-441-4100 to book your room today, and get ready for the hiking trip of a lifetime!