Mills Lake

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Mills Lake

Mills Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Likely the second-most popular hiking trail in Rocky Mountain National Park leads to a rock-rimmed tarn spreading picturesquely below Longs Peak, the ragged Keyboard of the Winds, and Pagoda Mountain. Because beauty is more than a joining of visually appealing elements, the many hikers who praise Mills Lake as the most beautiful in the national park likely are correct.

This is an extreme claim, considering Dream, Chasm, Nanita, and many other extraordinary lakes within the park. But when pioneer innkeeper Abner Sprague named Mills Lake for Enos Mills, known since 1915 as the “Father of Rocky Mountain National Park,” the lake gained an aura of high regard boosting its beauty to the top spot."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 hours
9,240 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,940 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242;
Local Contacts
USGS McHenrys Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Local Maps

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Jul 2018