Lily Mountain Trail

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Lily Mountain Trail (#933)

The trail is relatively level for the first mile then begins a series of switchbacks toward the summit. Near the top of the trail, signs point the way; small rock cairns have been placed to indicate the short scrambling route through some boulders to the summit. At a point where the trail appears to split, the lower route leads to a saddle area below the summit. The saddle and the summit offer panoramic views including Longs Peak and much of the Continental Divide, sights around the Estes Valley with much of the city of Estes Park and Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes, Twin Sisters Peaks, Lion Head, Rocky Mountain National Park, Storm Mountain, and the Mummy Range. Lily Mountain trailhead has limited roadside parking. (See trail directions.)

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Trail Regulations: No motorized or mechanized equipment. Horses and stock are not allowed. In Rocky Mountain National Park, dogs are prohibited. Permit required for overnight camping in park. Check with park for other regulations.
Closest Towns: Estes Park
Water: None
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

Directions: Take Colorado Highway 7 south from Estes Park 5.8 miles to the trailhead on the right. There is limited roadside parking. Visitors may also park at the Lily Lake parking lot, ¼ mile to the south, and walk back along the highway to the trail.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

This trail climbs gradually, through lodgepole pine forest and passes by interesting rock outcroppings. Fabulous view to the the high Rocky Mountain National Parks peaks, Estes Park, Twin Sisters Peaks, and more reward the hiker. Lily Mountain trailhead has limited roadside parking. (See trail directions.)

Fire Information  Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. Campfires must be at least 100 feet from water and trails. You may collect dead and down wood; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood. Please attend to campfires at all times. Touch any remaining coals with the bare hand to insure campfire is cold and dead out. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave!
Difficulty Level: Moderate


Lily Mountain trailhead has limited roadside parking. (See trail directions.)


  • Trail Measurement: 1.9 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 40°18'49.5"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°32'06.9"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.313753
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.535251
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,682 to 2,968
  • Elevation in Feet: 8,800 to 9,740

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    1.9 Miles
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  • Elevation in Feet
    8,800 to 9,740
  • Elevation in Meters
    2,682 to 2,968
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