Alberta Falls Trail
With an elevation change of only 210 feet, this is an easy, scenic walk along Glacier Creek to Alberta Falls. Along the sunny trail, you'll see beaver dams and an abundance of golden-mantled ground squirrels.
1.2 miles RT. Easy. Access: Glacier Gorge parking area.
Bear Lake Nature Trail
Head out early in the day if you want some quiet time on this very popular walk. From the beginning of the trail, on the eastern side, 12,713-foot Hallett Peak dominates the view; along the lake's north side, you'll be looking at the national park's highest mountain, 14,259-foot Longs Peak. Expect to see ground squirrels, chipmunks, and snowshoe hares; in the clear waters of the lake, you may catch a glimpse of a greenback cutthroat trout. (No fishing is allowed.) The Rocky Mountain Nature Association's booklet Bear Lake Nature Trail, available at park visitor centers, makes a handy companion. This is an easy stroll, most of which is wheelchair accessible -- one section has stairs.
.5-mile loop. Easy. Access: Bear Lake trail head, at the end of Bear Lake Rd.
Bierstadt Lake Trail
This trail climbs 566 feet through an open forest of aspen to Bierstadt Lake. From the northwest side of the lake, you'll have good views of Longs Peak. This trail connects with several other trails, including one that leads to Bear Lake.
2.8 miles RT. Moderate. Access: North side of Bear Lake Rd., 6 1/2 miles from Beaver Meadows.
Emerald Lake Trail
This trail offers spectacular scenery on its route past Nymph and Dream lakes to its destination, Emerald Lake. The .5-mile hike to Nymph Lake is easy, climbing 225 feet. The trail is then rated moderate to Dream Lake (another .6 mile) and Emerald Lake (another .7 mile), which is 605 feet higher than the starting point at Bear Lake. In addition to the mountain lakes, you'll see the surrounding mountains, which are especially pretty reflected in the surface of Nymph Lake or towering over Dream Lake. In summer, an abundance of wildflowers borders the path between Nymph and Dream lakes.
3.6 miles RT. Easy to moderate. Access: Bear Lake.
Eugenia Mine Trail
This walk to an abandoned mine follows the Longs Peak Trail for about .5 mile and then forks off to the right, heading through groves of aspens and then evergreens before arriving at the site of the mine. There you'll see hillside tailings, the remnants of a cabin, and abandoned mine equipment. The trail has an elevation gain of 508 feet.
3.3 miles RT. Moderate. Access: Longs Peak Ranger Station.
Gem Lake Trail
A relatively low-elevation trail, starting at only 7,740 feet, this route has an elevation change of 1,090 feet. It offers good views of Estes Park and Longs Peak; the destination is a pretty lake.
4 miles RT. Moderate. Access: Lumpy Ridge trail head on Devil's Gulch Rd., north of Estes Park.
Mills Lake Trail
This trail leads to a mountain lake nestled in a valley among towering mountain peaks. Among the best spots in the park for photographing Longs Peak (the best lighting is usually in late afternoon or early evening), this is also the perfect place for a picnic. The trail has an elevation change of about 750 feet.
5 miles RT. Moderate. Access: Glacier Gorge Junction.
Ouzel Falls Trail
This hike climbs about 950 feet and crosses Cony Creek on two bridges before delivering you to a picture-perfect waterfall, among the park's prettiest. The trail passes through areas that were burned in 1978 -- good spots to see wildlife -- and also offers fine views of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker.
5.4 miles RT. Moderate. Access: Wild Basin Ranger Station.
Roger Toll Memorial Trail
Named for one of the park's first superintendents, this wheelchair-accessible nature trail has exhibits identifying various tundra plants and animals, and describing how they have adapted to the harsh tundra environment.
.5-mile loop. Easy. Access: Near Rock Cut parking area on Trail Ridge Rd.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.