Estes Cone is located 3.05 miles from the Longs Peak Trailhead on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. A short but steep climb up this conical formation rewards hikers with panoramic views of Longs Peak, the Continental Divide, and Estes Park area:
The trail climbs steadily in a mixed pine forest to the Chasm Lake - Estes Cone Trail split and turns sharply north (.45 miles : 9,670'). It continues on a moderate grade that levels over a stream (1.3 miles) to the Eugenia Mine site - a settler era gold mine which in the words of the Park "produced more dreams than gold".
The trail dips past the mine to Moore Park Backcountry Campsite (1.6 miles : 9,732') and begins a steep push to the summit, covering almost 1,000' in the final .7 miles.
Cairns help identify the trail, but can be difficult to spot, especially with lingering snow. A 20 yard scramble up steep scree leads to the bare-rock summit of Estes Cone (3.05 miles : 11,002').
Trail length: 6 miles
Posted by James Tracy on March 7, 2014
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Reviewed by James Tracy on April 14, 2015
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One of my favorite hikes. It's a fairly unknown trail, so it's more wilderness than other areas in the state. The elevation isn't bad either, making it a decent hike for the "it's my first time up a mountain" people. The view at the top is spectacular. It's challenging, but so very worth it. pay it a visit if you are in the Estes Park area.
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Edit, forgot to include my 5 stars!
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