Trail Run Project Logo

Lumpy Ridge Loop

 4.3 (23)
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

10.7 Miles 17.2 Kilometers



2,361' 720 m


-2,387' -727 m



Avg Grade (5°)


Max Grade (15°)

9,231' 2,814 m


7,778' 2,371 m


Shared By Mikhaila Redovian


All Clear 32 days ago
Icy History

Getting forecast...

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

Mikhaila Redovian

Dogs No Dogs

Features -none-


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.


You & This Featured Run

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Run

Your Check-Ins


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
Sep 25, 2017
Rachel Barosh
Jul 16, 2017
Benjamin John
awesome. so beautiful. 10.7mi
Jun 25, 2017
Jen McMurtrey
Did the loop clockwise with an out and back to MacGregor Mountain trailhead and Bridal Veil Falls, saw a bear right in front of MacGregor Mountain tra
Oct 10, 2016
Alex Adinolfi
This run is like a five course meal of beautiful scenery and terrain. A must-do! 10.7mi — 1h 45m
Sep 5, 2016
Soo-Yee Broome
2 miles at the end of the loop was a treat after several tough climbs - Gem Lake to unwind, the whole view of the town and Longs Peak 11.1mi — 4h 13m

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 23 votes


in Estes Park


  4.3 from 23 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star


in Estes Park


in Colorado


279 Views Last Month
8,483 Since Sep 24, 2015
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Snow all gone. Had a beautiful run/hike! Jun 1, 2017
Awesome run. Steep hills but fun Jun 5, 2017
Maybe we are crazy, but we ended up on the trail to MacGregor Falls because of some erroneous instructions we found online. There is a gate, actually several, but one of the gates just says "keep gate closed" and there is a trail beyond it to the right but also a trail to the left that ends up at the falls. Nothing is marked, so if anyone reading this comes to that spot, go right. Jun 20, 2017

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running