Selected Trailheads in Rocky Mountain National
Park and Surrounding Areas
BEAR LAKE TRAILHEADS - Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 9,475 feet
Destinations include Dream Lake, Emerald Lake, Flattop Mountain, Lake Haiyaha, and Hallett Peak
Click here for the NPS backcountry campsite map (PDF format) for the Bear Lake Area

Bear Lake is a popular area on the east side of the Continental Divide. From the Beaver Meadows
Entrance Station on U.S. Highway 36, head west about 0.2 miles and turn south on Bear Lake Road
(toward Moraine Park). Follow Bear Lake Road a little over 9 miles to the large parking area where Bear
Lake Road ends. Bear Lake is just west of the parking lot. This area is also accessible by the
Bear Lake shuttle service when applicable, normally mid-June through October. The Emerald Lake
trail begins southeast of the lake; the Flattop Mountain trail begins on the east side of the lake.



BIERSTADT LAKE TRAILHEADS -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,850 feet
Destinations include Bierstadt Lake and Storm Pass

Click here for the NPS backcountry campsite map (PDF format) for the Bear Lake Area

The Bierstadt Lake, Storm Pass, Boulder Brook Trails are all accessible from the same point along
Bear Lake Road. From the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station on U.S. Highway 36, head west
about 0.2 miles and turn south on Bear Lake Road (toward Moraine Park). Follow Bear Lake Road
about 6.5 miles to the small parking area along the north side of the road. These trails are also
accessible by the Bear Lake shuttle service when applicable, normally mid-June through October.



BOULDER BROOK TRAILHEAD - (See Bierstadt Lake Trailheads)


BOWEN/BAKER TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,864 feet
Destinations include Baker Pass, Bowen Pass, Bowen Lake, and Parika Lake

The Bowen/Baker Trailhead is on the west side of the Continental Divide between Grand Lake and
Milner Pass. Follow Highway 34 (Trail Ridge Road) either 6.7 miles north of the Kawuneeche Visitor
Centeror 10.6 miles south of Milner Pass. The trailhead parking area is on the west side of the highway.
Eventhough almost all of the trail system accessed from this trailhead is National Forest land, the parking
lot is in the National Park, and vehicles parked here are subject to overnight parking restrictions.


BUCKINGHAM CAMPGROUND TRAILHEAD - (See Fourth of July Trailhead)


CHAPIN CREEK TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 11,020 feet
Destinations include Mount Chapin, Mount Chiquita, and Ypsilon Mountain

The Chapin Creek Trailhead (also referred to as the Chapin Pass Trailhead) is accessed from Fall River
Road, about 8 miles past the Lawn Lake Trailhead. Fall River Road is a difficult road for the National
Park Service to maintain, so it is generally open for a short season from July through September, and
is subject to temporary closures at all times. Note that Fall River Road is one-way uphill, so hikers must
drive to the Alpine Visitor Center and return to their starting location via Trail Ridge Road. Chapin
Creek Trailhead parking is limited to roadside parking along Fall River Road, and this area can
become crowded with vehicles at times.


COLORADO RIVER TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 9,000 feet
Destinations include Lake of the Clouds, Little Yellowstone, Red Mountain, Shipler Park, Thunder Pass

The Colorado River Trailhead is on the west side of the Continental Divide between Grand Lake and
Milner Pass. Follow Highway 34 (Trail Ridge Road) either 10 miles north of the Kawuneeche Visitor
Center or 7 miles south of Milner Pass. The large trailhead parking area is on the west side of the
highway. This trailhead is normally accessible throughout the winter when Trail Ridge Road
closes over the Continental Divide, although temporary weather closures may occur.


CORRAL CREEK TRAILHEAD -
Roosevelt National Forest, Elevation: 10,000 feet
Destinations include Comanche Peak, Fall Mountain, and Mirror Lake

This trailhead is located near Long Draw Reservoir and serves the northwest portion of RMNP.
From Colorado Highway 14, east of Cameron Pass and west of the turnoff to Chambers Lake, turn
on to the unpaved Long Draw Road. Corral Creek Trailhead is about 8.5 miles from Highway 14 on
Long Draw Road. Note that Long Draw Road is only open seasonally.




Corral Creek Trailhead


COW CREEK TRAILHEAD - Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 7,840 feet
Destinations include Balanced Rock, Bridal Veil Falls, and West Creek Falls

The Cow Creek Trailhead (also called the McGraw Ranch Trailhead) is directly north of Estes Park. To
reach the trailhead, drive on Devils Gulch Road north of Estes Park approximately 4 miles to the McGraw
Ranch Road intersection.Veer left onto the unpaved McGraw Ranch Road and follow this road for just
over 2 miles to the Cow Creek Trailhead. The National Park Service limits parking at this trailhead, and
may notify hikers with a "lot full" sign at the intersection of Devils Gulch and McGraw Ranch Roads.


CUB LAKE TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,080 feet
Destinations include Cub Lake and The Pool


The Cub Lake Trailhead is on the west end of Moraine Park, on the east side of Rocky Mountain
National Park. From the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station on U.S. Highway 36, head west less than a
quarter mile and turn south on Bear Lake Road toward Moraine Park. Follow Bear Lake Road about
1.2 miles to a right-hand turn toward Fern Lake and the Moraine Park campground. This road follows
the north side of Moraine Park for a half-mile to another junction. At this junction, turn left (south)
toward the Fern Lake and Cub Lake Trailheads. Cub Lake Trailhead is about 1.2 miles from this
point, and parking space is limited.


DEER RIDGE JUNCTION TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,920 feet
Destinations include Deer Mountain


Deer Ridge Junction Trailhead is on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. From the Beaver
Meadows Entrance Station on U.S. Highway 36, head west on Bear Lake Road, bypass the Moraine
Park turnoff, and continue west through Beaver Meadows. Continue driving to the area of the junction
of Highways 34 and 36 at Deer Ridge Junction, about 4 miles from the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
For Highway 34 access, follow the highway for about 4 miles from the Fall River Entrance Station.
Parking for the Deer Mountain Trail is along the roadside near the junction of the two highways.


DUNRAVEN TRAILHEAD - (See North Fork Trailhead)


EAST INLET TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,391 feet
Destinations include Adams Falls, Andrews Peak, Lone Pine Lake, Spirit Lake, and Lake Verna
Click here for the NPS backcountry campsite map (PDF format) for the East Inlet Trail

The East Inlet Trailhead is on the west side of the Continental Divide on the east side of the town of
GrandLake. Follow Highway 34 (Trail Ridge Road) to the turnoff for Grand Lake on Highway 278.
Turn east toward Grand Lake, then bypass the main road through Grand Lake, following West Portal
Road and signs toward the boat launch area. Continue to the trailhead, about 2.7 miles from U.S. 34,
and along the eastern shore of Grand Lake, opposite the boat launch.


FERN LAKE TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,155 feet
Destinations include Fern Falls, Fern Lake, Loomis Lake, Odessa Lake, Spruce Lake, and The Pool

The Fern Lake Trailhead is on the west end of Moraine Park, on the east side of Rocky Mountain
National Park. From the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station on U.S. Highway 36, head west less than
a quarter mile and turn south on Bear Lake Road toward Moraine Park. Follow Bear Lake Road
about 1.2 miles to a right-hand turn toward Fern Lake and the Moraine Park campground. This road
follows the north side of Moraine Park for a half-mile to another junction. At this junction, turn left
(south) toward the Fern Lake and Cub Lake Trailheads. Fern Lake Trailhead is about two miles from
this point, and parking space is limited.


FINCH LAKE TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,470 feet
Destinations include Cony Lake, Finch Lake, Hutcheson Lakes and Pear Lake

The Finch Lake Trailhead is in the southeast portion of Rocky Mountain National Park's Wild Basin
area. Turn west on to Wild Basin Road from Colorado Highway 7, at a junction about 13 miles south of
Estes Park, or 2 miles north of Allenspark. Continue west to the Copeland Lake area, approximately
one-half mile from Highway 7. The Finch Lake trailhead is about 1.8 miles beyond Copeland Lake
ona narrow gravel road. The trail begins on the south side of the road.



FOURTH OF JULY TRAILHEAD -
Indian Peaks Wilderness, Elevation: 10,120 feet
Destinations include Arapaho Pass, Arapaho Peaks (North & South), Caribou Pass and Lake Dorothy

This trailhead is located in the southeast portion of the Indian Peaks Wilderness, west of Nederland.
From Nederland, turn west at the south end of town and follow signs toward the Eldora Ski Area. Pass
Nederland High School and then through the town of Eldora, bypassing the ski area turnoff. After the
pavement ends, bypass the Hessie trailhead parking area, and continue on the right-hand fork of the
road as it heads west for 4 miles to the Buckingham Campground/Fourth of July Trailhead parking area.
This last 4 miles are rough, but passable in most passenger cars in dry, summer conditions.


GEM LAKE TRAILHEAD - (See Lumpy Ridge Trailhead)



GLACIER GORGE TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 9,180 feet
Destinations include Alberta Falls, Black Lake, The Loch, Mills Lake, and Sky Pond

Glacier Gorge Trailhead is on the east side of the Continental Divide near Bear Lake. From the Beaver
Meadows Entrance Station on U.S. Highway 36, head west less than a quarter mile and turn south on
Bear Lake Road (toward Moraine Park). Follow Bear Lake Road approximately 9 miles to the small
parking area at Glacier Gorge. This lot often fills up early in the morning, especially in summer
months. This area is also accessible by the Bear Lake shuttle service when applicable,
normally May through October.


GREEN MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,800 feet
Destinations include Big Meadows, Granite Falls, and Haynach Lakes

The Green Mountain Trailhead is on the west side of the Continental Divide between Grand Lake and
Milner Pass. Follow Highway 34 (Trail Ridge Road) either 3 miles north of the Kawuneeche Visitor
Center or 14 miles south of Milner Pass. The trailhead parking area is on the east side of the highway.



HOLLOWELL PARK TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,190 feet
Destinations include Mill Creek Basin

The Hollowell Park Trailhead is on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park near Bear Lake
Road. From the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station on U.S. Highway 36, head west about 0.2 miles
and turn south on Bear Lake Road (toward Moraine Park). Follow Bear Lake Road about 3.5 miles to
the turnoff into Hollowell Park. Follow the road about 0.2 miles from the tunroff to the trailhead.





Hollowell Park Trailhead


LAKE AGNES TRAILHEAD -
Colorado State Forest, Elevation: 10,250 feet
Destinations include Lake Agnes and Mount Richthofen


The Lake Agnes Trailhead is located in the Colorado State Forest near Cameron Pass, just northwest of
Rocky Mountain National Park. The trailhead is accessed from Colorado Highway 14, about 7 miles east
of the town of Gould, or about 2.5 miles west of Cameron Pass. Turn south off of Highway 14 on to a
marked gravel road to a day-use fee tollbooth. Turn right (south) at the junction about one-half mile from
the highway, and drive the steep road south to the trailhead, about another 1.5 miles. This road is neither
well graded nor well maintained, but is still normally passable for most vehicles in dry, summer conditions.



LAWN LAKE TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,540 feet
Destinations include Crystal Lake, Lawn Lake, Spectacle Lakes and Ypsilon Lake


The Lawn Lake Trailhead is located on the east side of the Continental Divide in the northeast portion
of Rocky Mountain National Park. The trailhead is located just off U.S. Highway 34 in the Horseshoe
Park area. To reach Horseshoe Park, drive on Highway 34 west of Estes Park to the Fall River
Entrance Station. Continue west past the station for just over 2 miles to where the highway turns south
beyond Sheep Lakes, and turn right (west) on to Fall River Road. The trailhead parking area is just
0.1 mile after this turn, on the right (north) side of Fall River Road. The trailhead can also be reached
from Highway 36 at Deer Ridge Junction by taking Highway 34 north to Horseshoe Park, and turning
left (west) on to Fall River Road.


LILY LAKE TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,880 feet
Destinations include Lily Lake


The Lily Lake area is along Highway 7 between Estes Park and Allenspark. Between mile posts
6 and 7 south of Estes Park, either turn west into the Lily Lake parking area or turn east in to the Lily
Lake Visitor Center, just across the highway from Lily Lake.


LILY MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD -
Roosevelt National Forest, Elevation: 8,780 feet
Destinations include Lily Mountain


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 about 2.4 miles south of the turnoff to Marys Lake Road if approaching from
Estes Park, or about 0.5 miles from the Lily Lake area if approaching from the south.


LONG LAKE TRAILHEAD -
Indian Peaks Wilderness, Elevation: 10,480 feet
Destinations include Lake Isabelle, Isabelle Glacier, Long Lake, and Pawnee Pass


The Long Lake Trailhead is on the east side of the continental divide in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
To reach to trailhead, drive on Colorado Highway 72 to the vicinity of the town of Ward. Just
north of Ward on Highway 72, there is a large sign marking a road leading west to Brainard Lake.
Follow Brainard Lake Road for about 6 miles to Brainard Lake. The Long Lake Trailhead parking area
is accessed from a left-hand turn just past the lake. Brainard Lake Road remains closed at about
the halfway point between Highway 72 and Brainard Lake until after most of the spring snowfall has
melted, which is in late June or early July in most years. There is an entrance fee collected for driving
into the Brainard Lake area.


LONGS PEAK TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 9,400 feet
Destinations include Chasm Lake, Estes Cone, Longs Peak, and The Keyhole


The Longs Peak Trailhead is on the east side of the Continental Divide between Estes Park and the village
of Meeker Park. Longs Peak Road provides access to the trailhead from Colorado Highway 7. Turn
west on to Longs Peak Road from Highway 7 at a junction approximately 9 miles south of Estes Park, or
2 miles north of Meeker Park. Look for a left (south) turn to the trailhead parking area, about 1 mile
from Highway 7, where Longs Peak Road continues straight (west) to the Longs Peak Campground.





Longs Peak Trailhead


LUMPY RIDGE TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 7,800 feet
Destinations include Gem Lake

The Lumpy Ridge Trailhead is in the northeast portion of Rocky Mountain National Park.
It opened in 2007 and replaces the Twin Owls and Gem Lake Trailheads, both of which are
now permanently closed. To reach the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead, drive north of Estes Park on
MacGregor Avenue, which can be accessed from Highway 34 just west of the Stanley Hotel.
After heading north for 0.7 miles, MacGregor Avenue veers east and becomes Devils Gulch Road;
continue east at this point on Devils Gulch and bypass the gateway to the MacGregor Ranch area.
Less than a mile ahead, the trailhead road is located along the left (north) side of Devils Gulch Road,
marked with a brown NPS sign. Follow this side road 500 yards to the parking area at the trailhead.


MONARCH LAKE TRAILHEAD -
Indian Peaks Wilderness, Elevation: 8,346 feet
Destinations include Buchanan Pass, Crater Lake, Gourd Lake, Pawnee Lake and Pawnee Pass


The Monarch Lake Trailhead is on the west side of the continental divide in the Indian Peaks
Wilderness. To reach to trailhead, drive on Colorado Highway 34 to a point about 6 miles north of the
town of Granby and 11 miles south of the town of Grand Lake. From here, take Arapaho Bay Road east
toward the Arapaho Bay Campground. Follow Arapaho Bay Road about 9 miles along the south shore
of Lake Granby to a bridge over Arapaho Bay. Just past the bridge, bypass the left turn (toward
Arapaho Bay Campground and Roaring Fork Trailhead) and head right (southeast) for one mile to
Monarch Lake Trailhead, located at the west end of Monarch Lake.


MILNER PASS TRAILHEADS -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 10,758 feet
Destinations include Forest Canyon Pass and Mount Ida


The Trailheads at Milner Pass provide access to the Milner Pass, Forest Canyon Pass, and Poudre Valley
Trails. Milner Pass is on the continental divide along Highway 34 (Trail Ridge Road), about 17 miles
north of the Kawuneeche Visitor Center. Parking for the Milner Pass Trail is on the south end of Poudre
Lake, and parking for Poudre Valley Trail is across from the lake on the west side of the road.
Access to this trailhead is closed when Trail Ridge Road closes from autumn through late spring.



MITCHELL CREEK TRAILHEAD -
Indian Peaks Wilderness, Elevation: 10,480 feet
Destinations include Mount Audubon, Blue Lake, and Mitchell Lake


The Long Lake Trailhead is on the east side of the continental divide in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
To reach to trailhead, drive on Colorado Highway 72 to the vicinity of the town of Ward. Just
north of Ward on Highway 72, there is a large sign marking a road leading west to Brainard Lake.
Follow Brainard Lake Road for about 6 miles to Brainard Lake. The Long Lake Trailhead parking area
is accessed from a right-hand turn just past the lake. Brainard Lake Road remains closed at about
the halfway point between Highway 72 and Brainard Lake until after most of the spring snowfall has
melted, which is in late June or early July in most years. There is an entrance fee collected for driving
into the Brainard Lake area.



NORTH FORK TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 7,960 feet
Destinations include Lake Husted, Lost Lake, Stormy Peaks and Stormy Peaks Pass


The North Fork Trailhead is on the northeast side of Rocky Mountain National Park, east of the
town of Glen Haven. From Estes Park, drive to Glen Haven via Devils Gulch Road (County Road 43),
and continue east of Glen Haven about 2 miles to a forest access road (County Road 51B or Dunraven Glade Road). Follow Dunraven Glade Road just over two miles where it deadends at the trailhead area.


NORTH INLET TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,540 feet
Destinations include Cascade Falls, Lake Nanita, Lake Nokoni, and Summerland Park


The North Inlet Trailhead is on the west side of the Continental Divide just north of the town of Grand
Lake. Follow Highway 34 (Trail Ridge Road) to the turnoff for Grand Lake on Highway 278. Stay on
278 and bypass the main road through Grand Lake, and continue to a marked turn left (north) about 0.8
miles from U.S. 34. Follow this narrow, unpaved road to the North Inlet and Tonahutu Trailheads.




North Inlet Trailhead


ROARING FORK TRAILHEAD -
Indian Peaks Wilderness, Elevation: 8,281 feet
Destinations include Mount Irving Hale, Stone Lake, Upper Lake, and Watanga Lake


The Roaring Fork Trailhead is on the west side of the continental divide in the Indian Peaks
Wilderness. To reach to trailhead, drive on Colorado Highway 34 to a point about 6 miles north of the
town of Granby and 11 miles south of the town of Grand Lake. From here, take Arapaho Bay Road east
toward the Arapaho Bay Campground. Follow Arapaho Bay Road about 9 miles along the south shore
of Lake Granby to a bridge over Arapaho Bay. Just past the bridge, take the left turn toward
Arapaho Bay Campground, and continue just beyond the campground to Roaring Fork Trailhead.


ROCK CUT TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 12,110 feet
Destinations include the Toll Memorial


The Rock Cut Trailhead is located on the north side of Highway 34 (Trail Ridge Road) as it travels above timberline. The parking area is about 13 miles west of Deer Ridge Junction, between Forest Canyon Overlook and the Alpine Visitor Center. There is roadside parking on both sides of the highway.
Access to this trailhead is closed when Trail Ridge Road closes from autumn through late spring.



SAINT VRAIN MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD -
Roosevelt National Park, Elevation: 8,800 feet
Destinations include Meadow Mountain and Saint Vrain Mountain


The road to the Saint Vrain Mountain Trailhead begins in the town of Allenspark. From Highway 7
turn south on to Business Highway 7 in to Allenspark, and look for a gravel road named Ski Road.
Follow Ski Road south out of town and in to public lands. About 2 miles from Highway 7, Ski Road
splits; take the right-hand road at the split. From this point, drive 0.5 miles to the trailhead parking
area where the road ends. There is room for about ten vehicles at this small parking area.


SANDBEACH LAKE TRAILHEAD - Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,350 feet
Destinations include Mount Orton and Sandbeach Lake


The Sandbeach Lake Trail parking area is near the entrance to Wild Basin, just east of Copeland Lake
on the southeast side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Turn west on to Wild Basin Road from
Colorado Highway 7, at a junction about 13 miles south of Estes Park or 2 miles north of Allenspark.
The parking lot for the trailhead is just west of Highway 7, near the entrance fee station.


SPRAGUE LAKE TRAILHEAD - Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,710 feet
Destinations include Sprague Lake


The Sprague Lake parking area is south of Bear Lake Road, just west of the Glacier Basin
Campground. From Bear Lake Road, turn south on to Sprague Lake Road a little over 5 miles
from the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station. This road leads to a large parking lot and picnic
area immediately west of Sprague Lake.


STORM PASS TRAILHEAD - (See Bierstadt Lake Trailheads)


TIMBER LAKE TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 9,010 feet
Destinations include Timber Lake and Mount Ida


The Timber Lake Trailhead is on the west side of the Continental Divide between Grand Lake and
Milner Pass. Follow Highway 34 (Trail Ridge Road) either 10 miles north of the Kawuneeche Visitor
Center or 7 miles south of Milner Pass. The trailhead parking area is on the east side of the highway.


TONAHUTU TRAILHEAD - (See North Inlet Trailhead)


TWIN OWLS TRAILHEAD - (See Lumpy Ridge Trailhead)



TWIN SISTERS TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,950 feet
Destinations include Twin Sisters Peaks


To reach the Twin Sisters Trail, follow Highway 7 to the Lily Lake area, between mile posts 6 and 7.
Turn east at the Lily Lake Visitor Center (across the highway from Lily Lake). Bypass the visitor center
and continue on a gravel road as it turns south and heads uphill. After about 0.4 miles, this road
deadends at the trailhead. Parking is available along the side of the road on one side only.


WILD BASIN TRAILHEAD -
Rocky Mountain National Park, Elevation: 8,500 feet
Destinations include Bluebird Lake, Lion Lake #1, Ouzel Falls, Ouzel Lake, and Thunder Lake


The Wild Basin Trailhead is on the east side of the Continental Divide between Meeker Park and
Allenspark. Turn west on to Wild Basin Road from Colorado Highway 7, about 13 miles south of
Estes Park or 2 miles north of Allenspark. Continue west to the Copeland Lake area, roughly one-half
mile from Highway 7. The Wild Basin trailhead is about 2 miles beyond Copeland Lake on a narrow
gravel road. The trailhead begins on the south end of the parking area at the Wild Basin Ranger
Station. Access to this parking area is limited during seasons when snowfall is still present, so it is
generally open June-October.



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