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Best Spring Hikes near Estes Park

03/23/2021 | by Lyles Armour | Estes Park Local Activities Rocky Mountain National Park

It’s time to come out from hibernation with winter coming to an end and spring springing up all around us here in Estes Park. And what better way to beat cabin fever and gear up for summer than with a spring hike? While the months of March, April, and May can be tricky in terms of weather, there are several spring hikes near Estes Park that are sure to add a little spring to your step.

Do note that in spring, most of RMNP is still covered in snow and there are often icy patches in the shade. So, be sure to bring either snowshoes, especially just after a spring snowfall, or a pair of spikes to put over your hiking boots. These help with traction and getting through the ice patches. Trekking poles are often nice to have as well.

Hermit Park Open Space

Find some of the best spring hikes near Estes Park at the nearby Hermit Park Open Space. Located southeast of town, the Hermit Park Open Space spans 1,362 acres of forested trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. There are several trails within the park to choose from, but one of our favorites is the Kruger Rock Trail.

The 1.7-mile (one-way) trail is rated as moderate, with a few steep sections. The hike offers beautiful mountain views from the summit of the Continental Divide and Estes Valley. Be sure to visit their website for updates regarding closures and scheduled maintenance.

Lake Estes

You don’t have to go far for an easy walk at Lake Estes. While more an “in-town” walk, Lake Estes offers a gentle path that circles the perimeter of the lake. Visitors will discover a bird sanctuary, views of the golf course where you can often see elk and hear the rushing waters of the Big Thompson River nearby. The path is wide and paved, making it one of the best Estes Park walking trails for all levels, plus it is accessible to bikes as well. One loop around is 3.73 miles.

Classic RMNP hikes

Of course, you can’t go wrong with the classic Sprague Lake loop or Bear Lake Loop inside RMNP. Both offer minimal elevation gain and easy access points. These are great beginner hikes and are enjoyable in spring before the summer crowds arrive. Since both trails cling to the lakeshore be prepared for muddy spots, but less ice!

Waterfall hikes

As we move more into spring, com late April into May, we will start to experience more snowmelt and mountain run-off making our rivers, lakes, and waterfalls more beautiful than ever. Lucky for you, when visiting Estes Park there are plenty of chances to see some of the state’s most stunning waterfalls. Most reside in Rocky Mountain National Park and are easily accessible. Get started with these waterfall hikes.

Stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts

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Cabin with a fireplace at Fawn Valley Inn.

Enjoy these spring hikes near Estes Park and complete your vacation with a stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts. Our properties offer a variety of accommodations, from cabins and cottages to larger vacation homes and condos. Combined with our affordable prices and our proximity to the town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, we are a great choice for exploring in town and the Rocky Mountains!

 

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