Rocky Mountain National Park Storm Pass Trail to Estes Cone

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Rocky Mountain National Park Storm Pass Trail to Estes Cone

Rocky Mountain National Park: Storm Pass Trail to Estes Cone Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Estes Cone looks like an inactive volcano cone. In this book we will profile the trail from Longs Peak trailhead, even though two other access points lead to Estes Cone. This mostly shaded trail is a nice hike in the summer.

It is also a good hike early or late in the season, when some other nearby hikes are thick with snow or impassable due to snow. Estes Cone is a Rocky Mountain National Park hike that can be accessed here without an entrance fee."

Rocky Mountain National Park: Storm Pass Trail to Estes Cone Trip Reports

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8/25/2008
Magnificent hike/climb. Much more challenging after the Keyhole than anticipated. 5 people turned around at the Keyhole just as we arrived there. The Trough is steep with 1 spot near the top where we nearly did not find a hold. The Homestretch is steep too. It was wonderful and we are very happy we did it. We were just surprised at the difficulty level given the popularity of the trail. It just caught us off guard. We went slow and made it back in the dark. Easterners like me need to beware that this is a steep, narrow, very challenging trail after the Keyhole. We camped at the Boulderfield the night before going for the summit. Highly recommended. There is plenty of running, easily filtered water at the Boulderfield campground, a fact omitted from the published trail descriptions.
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8/12/2008
My wife & I hiked up to Longs Peak for our 25th anniversary. We camped at the Boulderfield and hit the summit the next morning. The hike was the highpoint of our 3 week stay in RMNP. We hiked 72 miles, climbed 6 peaks and visited 17 lakes.
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Rocky Mountain National Park: Storm Pass Trail to Estes Cone Photos

Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
6.72
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Duration
May–October (open all year)
Season
USGS Longs Peak
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