Estes Cone is located about 3 miles from the Longs Peak trailhead on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The peak serves as a prominent landmark in the Tahosa Valley to the east. The peak is named for one of the first settlers in Estes Valley, Joel Estes. The granite peak has a rocky outcrop on the summit that provides unobstructed views of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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  • Trailhead:           Longs Peak
  • Round trip:        6.5 miles / 10.5 km
  • Elevation:          9,400′-11,007′ (+1,607′) / 2,865m-3,355m (+490m)

The approach to Estes Cone from the Longs Peak trailhead is relatively easy with mild uphills until you reach the base of the mountain. Once you turn off the Storm Pass trail  you will see cairns marking the turnoff to begin the steeper 800′ scramble to the top. Once you reach the base of the summit, head right of the rock wall to scramble to the summit.

Trail well maintained to the base of Estes Cone

No fee

Elevation Map

GPX Track

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