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).
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."
--Dave Muller, Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"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."
--Bob D Antonio, Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh, Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Kent Dannen, Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides).
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