Hiking – Estes Cone from Lily Lake (LIT hike for Cliff Campbell).


Hiking – Estes Cone from Lily Lake (LIT hike for Cliff Campbell).

Estes Cone from Lily Lake (LIT hike for Cliff Campbell).

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  • Fri, Sep 23, 2022
  • Denver
  • Hiking
  • Adults
  • Mod B
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 11,007 ft
  • Pace: moderate

The hike will start at Lily Lake in RMNP.  A park pass is required for the lake parking lot but a timed entry pass is not because we plan to arrive before 9:00 AM.

Those wishing to carpool from Denver should meet at 5:50 AM in the CoorsTek parking lot next to and east of the club so that we can leave at 06:00 AM.  Otherwise, please meet us at Lily Lake.  Please indicate your choice when you sign up.

We’ll start at Lily Lake, then take the Storm Pass trail and Estes Cone trail.  The Storm Pass trail is a constant but gradual incline to the pass.  The Estes Cone trail is shorter but steeper.  There is some easy scrambling to reach the top.


Most people wishing to hike to the Estes Cone start at the Longs Peak trailhead which means that the Storm Pass trail should not be crowded.

When we return to Lily Lake, we can leave our packs in the cars and then take a walk around the lake.  There are some picnic tables for an after-hike celebration with your favorite beverage and snack.

Bring the 10 essentials.  Part of the trail is steep so bring hiking poles if you use them.

Here is a link to the AllTrails page for this hike (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/lilly-lake-to-estes-cone-loop).

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Tasty snacks.

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