Estes Cone

Estes Park, Colorado

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Estes Cone has several approaches. The shortest on public land begins at Longs Peak Trailhead. This approach also presents the most conical view of Estes Cone. Dating from at least as far back as the 1870s, the name Estes Cone has described the conical shape of the ninety-first highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Arapaho lumped it with nearby prominences as Three Buttes. If it did not have such a distinctive shape (caused by erosion of an isolated mountain) when seen from the Tahosa Valley, Estes Cone, at only 11,006 feet, likely would have no name. But if well located, even the small can be important.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Estes Cone has several approaches. The shortest on public land begins at Longs Peak Trailhead. This approach also presents the most conical view of Estes Cone. Dating from at least as far back as the 1870s, the name Estes Cone has described the
conical shape of the ninety-first highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Arapaho lumped it with nearby prominences as Three Buttes. If it did not have such a distinctive shape (caused by erosion of an isolated mountain) when seen from the Tahosa Valley, Estes Cone, at only 11,006 feet, likely would have no name. But if well located, even the small can be important.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 6.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 9,400 feet
Top Elevation: 11,006 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS Longs Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Estes Cone

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