Long Lake Loop

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Long Lake Loop

Long Lake Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Long Lake obviously is named for its shape, but it also is long on delights. This is a pleasant, easy walk through subalpine forest leads after 0.2 mile to a trail junction at Long Lake. If you are headed to a higher destination, you can speed things along by following the shorter way along the right (north) side of the lake.

The Jean Lunning Trail to the left, at the lake’s east end just within the wilderness boundary, loops around the lake through lovely subalpine forests and meadows, bridging marshes where hikers might see moose. It is an easy and charming circuit named for a congressional staffer who shepherded the bill creating Indian Peaks Wilderness through the legislative process. An easy hike seems to suggest a convenient, late-morning start. This would be a mistake both for convenience and aesthetic enjoyment."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"This family stroll for the uninitiated has views of Niwot Ridge along the way and a spectacular and unique view of the Indian Peaks across the sparkling lake. The lakeshore is a delightful place for a lunch or snack break. The Jean Lunning Trail follows the south side of Long Lake and is a highly scenic, wildflower-studded path."

Long Lake Loop Trip Reports

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This trail is a nice trail for people who are not looking for a rigorous hiking experience. The trail is mostly level, with very nice scenery throughout the length of it. It is a loop, tying back into the end of the Lake Isabelle trail, so there is no going back over ground already traveled. One important note, this area is notorious for mosquitoes, especially in early summer. Make sure that you have a good insect repellent, or a good blood donor available. I camped in this area when I was younger, and in a single night received over 300 bites.

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Additional Use
USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Allens Park
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