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Lily Lake Trailhead

State Highway 7, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Richmond, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Lily Lake is reached by going south on Route 7 from Estes Park. Looking at a park map, it would appear to be just about outside of the park. The trail around the lake is approximately 0.8 mile. There were tons of ducklings (several species) on the lake. We attached ourselves to a ranger-led talk, which had just started. This... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

You can choose to hike around the lake on a flat trail (perfect for strollers or small children) or veer off up the mountain for half of the hike to get an awesome view from above. I highly recommend the upper trail. It is not overly difficult and there are plenty of places to rest and take photos. There are... More

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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75 reviews 75 reviews
16 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

While the hike up there isn't anything to brag about, just your typical Colorado pine tree forest with half of them dead or decaying from the pine beetles. It's the view at the top that makes this steep climb worth it! My hubby & I weren't use to the altitude yet & it took us 5 hours to do the... More

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Loveland, Colorado, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This hike is moderate to intermediate. It's a climb with excellent views from the top. The trail is dog friendly.

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Austin, Texas
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108 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Lily Lake is not as popular as Bear Lake and Sprague Lake but it is certainly worth the trip. Lily Lake is a few minutes south of Estes Park. The parking lot is right along highway 7. The 1/2 mile trail around the lake is beautiful, easy and wheel chair accessible. You can see the mountain reflections in the water... More

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San Diego, California
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185 reviews 185 reviews
90 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We think the best way to see Lily Lake is by ranger-led tour. The ranger will tell you about the trees, flowers, muskrats, etc. When we visited, we even saw a moose in the lake. Moose are just beginning to venture into the east side of the park, most are over on the west side. So, if you want to... More

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Denver, Colorado
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13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is probably our favorite place to visit near Estes Park. It is rarely busy. We like to stroll out past the end of the lake & view the vistas from the walking path. The hummingbirds are plentiful in the summer. It is just a nice place to visit for a quiet & easy walk in nature.

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Liberty, Missouri
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40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This is a ritual walk for us after we've eaten at the Bald Pate Inn where you come away feeling so full. The walk around Lily Lake can be stepped in flip flops or hiking shoes. Either works. It was one of my Dad's favorites because even though he was blind, he could make it successfully around the lake-- enjoying... More

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Dubuque, Iowa, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

My fiance proposed to me at Lily Lake, and it couldn't have been more romantic. The spot he chose was so beautiful, with a view of the lake from a hill. It will always have a special place in my heart.

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Longmont, Colorado
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74 reviews 74 reviews
26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Best feature is that it can be a lovely, quick jaunt or a challenging mountainous climb. Every where you turn is a Kodak moment. Next time we'll bring a picnic. Gets VERY crowded on weekends.

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