Estes Cone (11,007′), Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Cone is located about 3 miles from the Longs Peak trail-head on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Hiking from Longs Peak trail-head takes you through the abandoned Eugene Mine area (although the ruins are hard to find). The trail is heavily wooded throughout, restricting the view until you reach the summit.

StatsRoute DescriptionDirectionsNotes
  • 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

GPS track

The hike is not steep until the end.

Estes Cone

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