Little Matterhorn Trail

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Little Matterhorn Trail

Little Matterhorn Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Here is a chance to enjoy a fabulous overnight trip in the center of Rocky Mountain National Park. Starting in the lush meadows of Moraine Park and skirting some impressive peaks at the base of the Continental Divide, this hike offers secluded lakes, numerous streams and rivers, waterfalls, and a big helping of some of the prettiest mountains in the park.

Before we even take a single step, there are fine views of the high peaks of the Continental Divide to the west, a mighty backdrop to this peaceful valley. The Cub Lake Trail meanders over Big Thompson River and through an expansive riparian zone toward Steep Mountain. Look out into this wetland meadow for signs of elk. This is a favorite hangout of theirs, so there is a good chance to spot a few."

Little Matterhorn Trail Reviews

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Great overnight hike! Excellent views of Continental Divide. Great camping in Mill Creek Basin. Lots of Elk. Several pristine lakes including Cub, Odessa and Fern. Encountered significant snow fields, which is rare in late June. Easy to lose trail, so pay close attention.

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
3,226 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
1 to 2 days
Late June through October
8,080 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,680 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Estes Park
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018