Knoll Willows Open Space Trail
ElevationAscent: 75' 23 m
Descent: -55' -17 m
High: 7,601' 2,317 m
Low: 7,527' 2,294 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“A short way from downtown with views of town, & surrounding mountains. Loop or lollipop your choice.”— Rob M.
Continue following the creek for views of the Stanley Hotel and the North Trailhead. The trail will turn to the south from the parking lot with a couple of turn offs providing views to the east. As you crest the knoll, you'll find the ruins of the Albert Birch Bungalow with views overlooking Estes Park. The house burned in December of 1907, but the ruins still hold spectacular views of RMNP.
From here, the trail back to the cabin degrades to an unimproved singletrack until you arrive at the back of the lower cabin. You can follow the stream through the meadow back to the South Trailhead.