Estes Cone via Lily Lake

On Saturday, I just did a local hike. About 8 miles and 3000' elev gain at a quick clip made for some good exercise. The foothill wildflowers continue to amaze me and the smoothie at the end of a hot hike was just what I needed to cool off.

On Sunday, I did Estes Cone via the new trail at Lily Lake. The trail is so new that few websites have this new trail info.

The new trail offers better views of Longs Peak and meanders gently up to the base of the cone. Once at the base of the cone, the trial climbs STEEPLY to the summit.

It is well worth the climb, though. Fantastic views of Longs, the Divide and the plains far to the East. It is also accessible the full year. Makes it a perennial favorite of mine.

And afterward? I had a beer..another perennial favorite past time of mine. 🙂

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16 years ago

Mags, thanks for the heads up on the new route to the Cone. We’ll be doing it this coming weekend to measure and survey the trail. Greatly appreciated. -Dave from

P.S. you might enjoy these pics from Pt. Reyes National Seashore a few weeks ago and keep a look-out for the ProTrails section (12 new Pt Reyes trails) coming soon on the ProTrails website. Here’s the link to the pics: