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blueBlack Lumpy Ridge Loop

  4.4 ( 27 ) Favorite


10.7 mile 17.2 kilometer point to point
81% Runnable


Ascent: 2,361' 720 m
Descent: -2,387' -727 m
High: 9,231' 2,814 m
Low: 7,778' 2,371 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)


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Trail shared by Mikhaila Redovian

A beautiful run showcasing some of the most scenic trails that Estes Park has to offer.

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One of the most popular loops in Estes Park, this loop passes through open meadows and wooded areas, all while giving the runner stunning views of unique local geology. With one steep ascent, and rolling trail after that, any trail user is sure to feel the burn on this loop.

If you have time, the extra trip up to Bridal Veil Falls adds a beautiful viewpoint, as well as a great place to take a much-deserved break!

Runner Notes

With a variety of terrain, this is a great run to take clockwise. You can warm up on the milder Black Canyon Trail, before getting into more difficult sections!


If you choose to take this loop clockwise, you'll be starting out headed towards the Black Canyon Trail. Take the Lumpy Ridge Trail to start, and then branch to the left at the first junction.

The Black Canyon Trail starts on a gentle descent, so take your time getting warmed up. This section passes through open grasslands, so there are plenty of unobstructed views. Take in the scenery, and enjoy Estes Park's unique geology as you start to ascend to your next trail junction.

At this junction, take a right-hand turn onto the Dark Mountain Trail, which will connect you to the Cow Creek Trail. Once on Cow Creek, you'll be following the trail's namesake creek. Bridal Veil Falls is located at the top of the creek, and the view is worth the detour if you're up for the extra mileage!

Once you're ready to continue on to the Gem Lake Trail, take another right at the junction with the Cow Creek Trail. You'll want to save a little bit of energy for the end, as this trail travels through rugged outcroppings. The travel will be mostly downhill at this point, so keep an eye on your footing.


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Jun 16, 2019
Jeff Bush
Trail is in GREAT condition! Definitely busy on the Gem Lake side. Beautiful views! 12.6mi — 2h 44m
Jun 8, 2019
Ricky Davis
10.7mi — 3h 24m
May 26, 2019
Alyssa Countway
No snow
May 25, 2019
Sarah Eby
10.7mi — 3h 10m
May 25, 2019
Per Waag
South facing dry and north facing still 4 inches of slush — 15h 00m
Nov 18, 2018
David Strom
3-6 inches snow
Oct 13, 2018
Chloe Ward
Steep ascent, some snow on the north side, but a fun run!
Apr 25, 2018
Marianne Elliott
Gorgeous trail on a sunny day, just a little snow under foot. Enough to see the cougar prints! 11mi

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