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Address: 3 miles east of Estes Park, at Hermit Park Open Space, Estes Park, CO

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Fairly steep hike, but great views

The elevation gain is about 1000 feet in just two miles, so it is a fairly steep hike with some rock scrambling at the end. But the views are great...360 from the top, and almost... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The elevation gain is about 1000 feet in just two miles, so it is a fairly steep hike with some rock scrambling at the end. But the views are great...360 from the top, and almost the much just below the rock scrambling part. There are also a couple of fine lookouts along the way.

Thank annjh
Leawood, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an off-the-beaten path hike that is a good option when the national park is busy. We hiked to Kruger Rock on a Sunday and saw very few other hikers. Be forewarned, the hike is rather steep. The views of the Estes Valley and surrounding mountains are terrific - especially on a clear day.

Thank JayhawkRick
Firestone, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Took this hike with my 2 boys, 18 and 15. We are not avid hikers but this was and easy well marked trail. Not a lot of people on this hike, we were wondering if it would turn out to be good and it was so much better then hoped for. Once at the top we climbed the rocks and... More 

Thank tanya b
Pleasant Hill, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

We did this with an 8 year old 2 greyhounds and a whippet. It was a little tough for the two greyhounds but everyone else enjoyed it and it was a good physical activity with great views up top.

Thank morrisseysb
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

A very well maintained trail that can be enjoyed even if you do not do the last scramble up to the top. There are fine views along the way, intermittent shade all along the trail, good spots to have a picnic lunch with a view.

Thank jthand
Estes Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

The hike to the top of Kruger Rock is 2 miles and 900 feet elevation gain, at the top, you can climb up the crack in the rocks to get to the very top. The views are worth the effort.

Thank Thomas W
Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

This beautiful hike begins in Hermit Park, a Larimer County Open Space fee area. Take U.S. Hwy 36 south of Estes Park two or three miles to the well-marked entrance. Follow the road to the green-roofed pavilion. Parking is on one side of the pavilion and the Kruger Rock trailhead on the other. This is an easy to moderate hike... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This is an easily accessible hike just outside of RMNP; and, as one of the Park Rangers we met said - it's one of the best hikes around (and we agree). It's listed as moderate as it will climb approximately just under 1,000 feet in just over 2 miles. I would rate it a very high EASY to a low... More 

Thank Keith T
Atlanta, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

If RMNP is too busy...Hermit Park offers a great hike option to Kruger. Less than 2 miles to the summit. Great pay off. Views all along the way.

Thank Patricia N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

This is a great hike just out of town, our dogs are small (~15lbs) and they did well on this trail. It's not too long (2 miles each way), not too technical, and very well maintained. There was a bit of snow towards the last 1/4 mile at Kruger rock, will likely get icy up there soon. Otherwise stunning views,... More 

Thank Candice O

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