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For a wonderful cruise around the lake, peddle the 3.75-mile loop that circles Lake Estes. Several parking lots and access points make it easy. This path links to the path that follows the river into downtown. It is paved and very popular, so ride slowly. Give pedestrians the right of way. Pedal Bikes are available at the Estes Park Marina.
Fish creek trail
On the south side of Lake Estes Trail, follow the trail through the US Hwy 36 underpass to connect to Fish Creek Trail. This paved trail passes by the dog park, softball diamonds and the 18-hole golf course as you head south out of town along Fish Creek Road. At Scott Avenue, the trail turns from pavement to soft surface, durable enough for walkers, bikers and horses. It continues for another 2.43 miles to Cheley Camp Road.
homer rouse trail
If you’re looking for more of a challenge, follow the road to Homer Rouse Trail, which climbs an old Jeep trail to Baldpate Inn and Lilly Lake on Colorado Hwy 7. Bring plenty of water because the last stretch is steep. From downtown Estes Park to Lily Lake is nine miles one way.
Road-riding in this area is amazing and challenging. The scenery will never bore you. The riding is good from early spring into the fall. Watch for traffic during the busy summer months. Go early; the weather can roll in rather fast. Always head out with extra clothing, plenty of water and food and your cell phone in case of emergencies.
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