Suggested Hikes

Ute Trail from Alpine Visitor Center



Below is a list of suggested hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.


Suggested Lake Hikes


Trail Head


Elevation Gain (feet)

Bear Lake

Bear Lake

0.6 mile loop


An excellent interpretive nature trail circles this popular subalpine lake at the end of Bear Lake Road.

Cub Lake

Cub Lake

2.3 miles


A park favorite, this hike to a mountain pond travels through woods that blaze with color in the fall.

Mills Lake

Glacier Gorge

2.8 miles


The view of Longs Peak and the Keyboard of the Winds from Mills Lake is one of Rocky's finest.

Bluebird Lake

Wild Basin

6 miles



Lake Hikes

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    Suggested Waterfall Hikes


    Trail Head


    Elevation Gain (feet)

    Adams Falls

    East Inlet

    0.3 mile


    A beautiful stream and pleasant scenery accompany hikers on this popular west side walk.

    Alberta Falls

    Glacier Gorge Jct

    0.6 mile


    Glacier Creek thunders down this spectacular waterfall that ranks as one of the park's more popular hiking destinations.

    Cascade Falls

    North Inlet

    3.5 miles


    The hike through forested country ends with a scenic respite beside this tumbling waterfall on the park's west side.

    Ouzel Falls

    Wild Basin

    2.7 miles


    Watching the falls' namesake - the ouzel, or dipper - plunge into the rushing stream water entertains hikers at this popular spot.

    Timberline Falls

    Glacier Gorge Jct

    4 miles


    Scenic Loch Vale is enjoyed en route to these delicately beautiful falls on the park's east side.


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      Suggested Summit Hikes


      Trail Head


      Elevation Gain (feet)

      Deer Mountain

      Deer Ridge Jct

      3 miles


      Fine views, pleasant hiking and a picnic on top make this trip a hiking favorite. Summit elevation 10,013' (gain of 1083').

      Twin Sisters Peaks

      Twin Sisters

      3.7 miles


      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').

      Flattop Mountain

      Bear Lake

      4.4 miles


      Panoramic views and access to many other great peaks lure hikers up this mountain in the middle of the park. Summit elevation 12,324' (gain of 2849').


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        Last updated: September 25, 2023

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