Estes Cone Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80517

Elevation Gain1,258ft
Trailhead Elevation9,784ft
Elevation Min/Max9784/11004ft
Elevation Start/End9784/9784ft

Estes Cone Trail

Estes Cone Trail is a hiking trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 9,784 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,258 feet. The trail ends near Estes Cone (elevation 11,010 feet). This trail connects with the following: Storm Pass Trail and Eugena Mine Trail.

Estes Cone Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This perfectly formed cone offers 360 degree, panoramic views of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail: All the way, with easy scrambling up top."

"Incredible views, an abandoned mine, and beautiful hiking on a well-maintained trail are the main attractions on this great hike up to the symmetrical summit of Estes Cone. One of the best short hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park."

"If you want a unique perspective and view of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker peaks as well as Twin Sisters, this hike is for you; it’s an interesting ramble past an abandoned mining site with a minor rock scramble to reach the summit."

"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."

Estes Cone Trail Reviews

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Last mile is fairly steep going from about 9500 to little over 11000 according to my GPS. Also 7 miles round trip according to GPS. Mileage on here and on the signs didn't match up with the GPS. The views from the top are amazing and well worth the effort. I would do it again.
The distance and altitude numbers are deceiving, but the 2200 up with 400 down is about right. The last 1.4 miles gain about 1400 feet, so it's much more difficult than it appears. The 360 degree view is unparalleled and is well worth the effort

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Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearby City
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242;
Local Contacts
USGS Longs Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Local Maps

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Jul 2018