The Best Hikes by Type at Rocky Mountain National Park | list by JustStart

The Best Hikes by Type at Rocky Mountain National Park

RMNP has a great variety of hikes for all ages. This list suggests the best hikes broken down by lake, waterfall, or summit (distances are 1 way).

Lake Hikes

Bear Lake

Description: An excellent easy nature trail circles this popular subalpine lake at the end of Bear Lake Road. This can be a little crowded at times. Trail Head: Bear Lake Distance: 0.6 mile loop Elevation Gain: N/A

Cub Lake

Description: A favorite of many, this hike to a mountain pond travels through woods that have tons of color in the fall. Trail Head: Cub Lake Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 540 feet

Mills Lake

Description: The view of Longs Peak and the Keyboard of the Winds from Mills Lake is one of Rocky's finest. Trail Head: Glacier Gorge Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 700 feet

Bluebird Lake

Description: Less than a half-mile beyond the campsite is Bluebird Lake, which sits at an elevation of 10,978 feet. This is yet another incredibly beautiful alpine lake in RMNP. Trail Head: Wild Basin Distance: 6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,478 feet

Waterfall Hikes

Adams Falls

Description: A beautiful stream and pleasant scenery accompany hikers on this popular west side walk. Trail Head: East Inlet Distance: 0.3 miles Elevation Gain: N/A

Alberta Falls

Description: Glacier Creek thunders down this spectacular waterfall that ranks as one of the park's more popular hiking destinations. Trail Head: Glacier Gorge Jct. Distance: 0.6 mile Elevation Gain: 210 feet

Cascade Falls

Description: The hike through forested country ends with a scenic respite beside this tumbling waterfall on the park's west side. Trail Head: North Inlet Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 300 feet

Ouzel Falls

Description: Watching the falls' namesake - the ouzel, or dipper - plunge into the rushing stream water entertains hikers at this popular spot. Trail Head: Wild Basin Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 960 feet

Timberline Falls

Description: Scenic Loch Vale is enjoyed en route to these delicately beautiful falls on the park's east side. Trail Head: Glacier Gorge Jct. Distance: 4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,510 feet

Summit Hikes

Deer Mountain

Description: Fine views, pleasant hiking and a picnic on top make this trip a hiking favorite. Summit elevation 10,013' Trail Head: Deer Ridge Jct. Distance: 3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,093

Twin Sisters Peaks

Description: These two peaks sit off by themselves to the east, offering outstanding vistas sweeping in all directions. Elevation at summit 11,428' (gain of 2338'). Trail Head: Twin Sisters Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,253

Flattop Mountain

Description: Panoramic views and access to many other great peaks lure hikers up this mountain in the middle of the park. Summit elevation 12,324' Trail Head: Bear Lake Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,849