The Spirit of the Rockies
Hike Profiles for Rocky Mountain National Park and Surrounding Areas
Lily Mountain
The National Forest
Service maintains a trail
to the rocky summit of
Lily Mountain, which
affords a prominent view
of the valleys and peaks
near Estes Park. The
relatively short trail winds
through lower elevation
forests and has a fairly
steep last mile to the summit.
Distance: 1.7 miles one-way

Summit elevation: 9,786 feet

Trailhead elevation: 8,780 feet

Net elevation gain: 1,006 feet

Lily Mountain Trailhead

Roosevelt National Forest
Looking south from Lily Mountain's summit
Major Trail Landmarks
There are no major trail landmarks on this hike
Principal Destinations Near Lily Mountain
There are no other principal destinations along this trail
Backcountry Campsites Near Lily Mountain
The National Forest Service does not provide designated campsites in this area
The Lily Mountain Trailhead is on the east side of the Continental Divide between Estes Park and Meeker
Park. Parking is limited to a very small area of roadside parking near the trailhead. The trailhead is not
prominently marked, and is along the west shoulder of Highway 7 just south of a few major rock cuts on the
highway. This is a little over 2 miles south of the turnoff to Marys Lake Road if approaching from Estes Park,
or just over 0.5 miles north of the Lily Lake area if approaching from the south.

The Lily Mountain Trail is dedicated to reaching the summit, so no marked trail intersections exist on the way
to the summit. The first 0.7 miles of the trail alternates with some up and down terrain, but does not gain any
significant elevation. Most of elevation gain is in the last mile of the trail, and a very brief scramble is required
to reach the rocky summit. Since this trail is in National Forest land outside of Rocky Mountain National
Park, it is one of the few trails near Estes Park where leashed pets are allowed on the trail.
Leashed pets are welcome on the Lily Mountain Trail
Sample photographs of the hike to Lily Mountain
Lily Mountain Trail
View of Otis and Hallett Peaks from the summit
Lily Mountain topographic map
Principal summer trail marked by solid red line; unmaintained trail or route marked by dashed red line.
Map is oriented with north to the top of the map
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