Trail Run Project Logo

gem icon Trail Ridge Road Summit [Suggest Edits]

44 votes
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Description

This road is closed for winter (usually mid-October through late-May). Please check the road status website before embarking on a scenic drive.

Covering the 48-miles between Estes Park on the park's east side and Grand Lake on the west, Trail Ridge Road more than lives up to its advanced billing. Eleven miles of this highway travels above treeline, the elevation near 11,500 feet where the park's evergreen forests come to a halt. As it winds across the tundra's vastness to its high point at 12,183 feet elevation, Trail Ridge Road (U.S. 34) offers visitors thrilling views, wildlife sightings, and spectacular alpine wildflower exhibitions, all from the comfort of their car. More ambitious visitors to the park may decide to ride their bicycles to this gem!

This is a great way to have a unique experience while traveling from the park's more highly-visited east side to the less-visited (and Gem-filled) west side.

On the Road: Summer Only. Drive west on US 34 out of Estes Park, or east from Grand Lake.

Gem Type: Viewpoint

Shared by:
Brian Smith

0 Comments

You & This Gem

Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

none

Nearby Gems

gem Favorite The view to Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain from Dream Lake.

Dream Lake

(116) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite Alberta Falls

Alberta Falls

(85) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite Bear Lake.

Bear Lake

(98) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite The Loch, Rocky Mountain NP CO

The Loch

(39) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite The edge of Chasm Lake

Chasm Lake and The Diamond

(33) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite View of Longs Peak, looking west from Lily Lake. Lily Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park, Colorado.

Lily Lake

(27) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite View of Chasm Falls

Chasm Falls and Old Fall River Road

(25) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite Bighorn sheep ram

Bighorn Sheep Viewing - Sheep Lakes

(12) Estes Park, CO

Nearby Trails

8.3 mi 13.3 km Sky Pond
Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Minor Issues
Update
Icy - All clear until the waterfall scramble, some avoidable ice today (10/1) but I imagine it will continue to get worse.
24 days ago
268 
3.3 mi 5.4 km Emerald Lake
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry
18 days ago
306 
14.0 mi 22.5 km Longs Peak - Keyhole Route
Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Difficult
Estes Park, CO
All Clear
Update
Dry - Views to east were slightly hazy due to smoke. Views to west less so. Trailhead parking lot spaces were full at 0215.
49 days ago
98 
8.2 mi 13.3 km Chasm Lake
Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Difficult
Estes Park, CO
All Clear
Update
Dry
30 days ago
89 
5.7 mi 9.1 km Best of Bear Lake Area Loop
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
All Clear
Update
39 days ago
112 
6.0 mi 9.7 km Loch Vale
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Minor Issues
Update
Icy - icy at the scramble to sky pond
24 days ago
74 
6.0 mi 9.7 km Cub Lake Loop
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Unknown
Update
69 
0.6 mi 1.0 km Bear Lake Trail
Easy
Estes Park, CO
Easy
Estes Park, CO
All Clear
Update
Dry - Dry, no snow, mud, or puddles.
17 days ago
68 
8.5 mi 13.6 km Bear Lake TH to Fern Lake TH
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
All Clear
Update
21 days ago
53 
3.2 mi 5.2 km Mills Lake - Black Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
All Clear
Update
Dry
19 days ago
50 
Shared by Brian Smith on Aug 18, 2015. All Page Views: 2,764. Last Month: 90.