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Lily Mountain Hike

Northern Front Range, Colorado

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  • Hiking on the Lily Mountain Trail.- Lily Mountain Hike
  • Unidentified buckwheat species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Lily Mountain Hike
  • Early view over Estes Park along the Lily Mountain Trail.- Lily Mountain Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Lily Mountain Hike
  • High desert landscape with sage and Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum).- Lily Mountain Hike
  • Fremont's geranium (Geranium caespitosum var. fremontii).- Lily Mountain Hike
  • Pine drops (Pterospora andromeda).- Lily Mountain Hike
  • View along the ridgeline of Lily Mountain.- Lily Mountain Hike
  • Views northwest toward Twin Sisters Peaks (11,428 ft) from Lily Mountain.- Lily Mountain Hike
  • View of Rocky Mountain National Park from the summit of Lily Mountain (9,786 ft).- Lily Mountain Hike
  • View north from the summit of Lily Mountain (9,786 ft).- Lily Mountain Hike
  • View of Rocky Mountain National Park from the summit of Lily Mountain (9,786 ft).- Lily Mountain Hike
  • View of Rocky Mountain National Park from the summit of Lily Mountain (9,786 ft).- Lily Mountain Hike
  • View of Rocky Mountain National Park from the summit of Lily Mountain (9,786 ft).- Lily Mountain Hike
  • View of Mount Meeker (13,911 ft), Longs Peak (14,259 ft) and Estes Cone (11,006 ft) from Lily Mountain.- Lily Mountain Hike
  • View of Longs Peak (14,259 ft) from Lily Mountain.- Lily Mountain Hike
  • View of Chaos Canyon and Tyndall Gorge within Rocky Mountain National Park.- Lily Mountain Hike
  • Return hike on the Lily Mountain Trail.- Lily Mountain Hike
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Expansive views.
Cons: 
Limited parking.
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Region:
Northern Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
930.00 ft (283.46 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.20 mi (5.15 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,860.00 ft (2,700.53 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Lily Mountain is a fantastic viewpoint between Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Though it is not quite within park boundaries, the summit offers a panorama of many impressive 12,000-foot and 13,000-foot peaks, plus the iconic Longs Peak, at 14,249 feet elevation. Below you lies the picturesque Lily Lake and Fish Creek. To the south are the rugged Twin Sisters Peaks. To the north, you can see the town of Estes Park and more of the Front Range.

This trail is of moderate difficulty, ascending approximately 1,000 feet in 2 miles, but the spectacular summit is worth every bit of effort. The final several hundred yards will likely require some use of your hands to scramble up a low-angle rocky ridge. Route finding might become a bit difficult near the top, but following rock stacks and a trail sign will keep you on track. As you work up to this point you will travel through shady conifer forest dominated by lodgepole pines along a much less rugged path. Shortly after starting the hike, notice the landslide area caused by catastrophic flooding in 2013. This trail has only been re-opened since summer 2014, following extensive repairs.

If the parking lot is full, you may find parking at Lily Lake just a bit further up the road. You can walk back to the Lily Mountain Trailhead from there, but you will have to present a park pass or pay a fee to access the lake parking. Arrive early in the day for the best chance of parking at the trailhead.

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