Lily Lake
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  • Lee G
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Birds and more
    A flat loop leads around the lake with plentiful bird-watching. We also saw a muskrat swimming, collecting grass in its mouth. We were on our way to Wild Basin and I could have stayed longer. Other people were on the trail, but it wasn't crowded (compared to Bear/Dream/Emerald Lake). Bring a hat-the trail is exposed.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • angeleyes27
    Brigantine, New Jersey5,316 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice lake outside of main Rocky Mtn park area
    This lake at 8940 feet is outside of the Rocky Mountain Park entrance on the eastern side off Hwy 7. The parking lot is small so finding a space may be difficult. It is a scenic alpine lake with a level easy trail around it. We only went a short distance on the lake. I am not sure if you need a timed entry pass here, but we didn't have a problem in the afternoon.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2024
  • DannyWasserman
    Virginia Beach, Virginia4,498 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this Place !!
    We love driving and visiting Lily Lake for about two hours. This is a nice stop along the ride to the Peak to Peak scenic highway and is well worth the visit. The lake is so serene and will just captivate you in. Please put this on your list when you visit RMNP.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2024
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Kelly B
Iowa5,203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We arrived around 7 a.m., and had plenty of parking available. By the time we left at 8:30, the lot was full.

There’s an easy and flat trail all around the lake. I recommend walking all the way around to see the mountains from different perspectives. About half ways around, a trail branches off to take you to a few gorgeous viewpoints.

We saw a muskrat, ducks, and tiger salamanders (these are really neat) in the lake.
Written 24 July 2022
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Nikki B
Libertyville, IL68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This was an easy walk around the lake, with beautiful views and scenery. Take your camera, there are great spots for photos. This also seems to be a good spot for sunsets. We came after 6:00 PM on a Tuesday, and had no trouble parking. Signs say you need timed entry passes for this area, but not sure if there is anyone around to enforce that. We also walked over to the Baldpate Inn to check out the key collection, totally worth a few minutes of your time. There is no admission charge for the keys.
Written 8 August 2020
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Gabrielle W
Mobile, AL392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Pretty little lake, we wished we had spent more time here but it was a quick stop while on this area of the park. It was neat seeing all the paedomorphic salamanders floating around in the lake! Would be a really great picnic area. Definitely visit this section of the park because it has some beautiful scenery! Parking lot fills up fast.
Written 15 June 2021
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ5,316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This lake at 8940 feet is outside of the Rocky Mountain Park entrance on the eastern side off Hwy 7. The parking lot is small so finding a space may be difficult. It is a scenic alpine lake with a level easy trail around it. We only went a short distance on the lake. I am not sure if you need a timed entry pass here, but we didn't have a problem in the afternoon.
Written 26 February 2024
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Lee G
Philadelphia, PA267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A flat loop leads around the lake with plentiful bird-watching. We also saw a muskrat swimming, collecting grass in its mouth. We were on our way to Wild Basin and I could have stayed longer. Other people were on the trail, but it wasn't crowded (compared to Bear/Dream/Emerald Lake). Bring a hat-the trail is exposed.
Written 6 September 2023
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William S
Kansas City area118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This is a very level and easily trail. Sometimes the parking is a little tight but there is also a parking lot across the trail. Right off 7 Hwy, just about 6 miles south of Estes Park. Several spots for sitting, taking a break, and soaking in the beautiful nature that God has provided!
Written 26 November 2021
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Rishu S
New York City, NY62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We took a walk around the lake, and there were a few people there. Talked to this really nice family and the father was telling me how his son went to summit the longs peak. It was actually a very clear day and this should be done by any person of any age.
Written 1 September 2020
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Bonnie H
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Lily Mountain Lake is beautiful and just a few minutes outside of Estes Park. The trail around the lake is level and accessible for all. Beautiful views and scampering chipmunks make it a memorable experience!
Written 16 June 2021
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA4,498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We love driving and visiting Lily Lake for about two hours. This is a nice stop along the ride to the Peak to Peak scenic highway and is well worth the visit. The lake is so serene and will just captivate you in. Please put this on your list when you visit RMNP.
Written 4 July 2024
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Kathrine
Pennsylvania589 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This is an easy walk around the lake and accessible to all. The views are gorgeous. Trails branch off the main path if you choose to take them. Picnic spots are dotted throughout the grounds. Parking in the small lot is limited or across the street. No one was in the booth to check our pass to enter the park when we went.
Written 22 October 2022
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