Alpine Ridge Trail

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Trail Name Alpine Ridge Trail
Trail No. n/a
Nearest City Estes Park
State/Region Colorado
Country United States
Trail Use Icon Hike 20px.png Icon Interpretive 20px.png
Type Out-and-Back
TH Amenities Icon Bathroom 20px.png Icon Water 20px.png Template:Ranger Template:Food
Season June-September
Difficulty Rating
1 vote
Distance 0.6 Miles Round Trip
Elevation Gain 164 Feet
Low Point 11,764 Feet
High Point 11,957 Feet
Latitude 40.441623
Longitude -105.754003
Trip Reports Alpine Ridge Trail
User Rating
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Trail Overview

Throw away the stairmaster and come hike the Alpine Ridge Trail. Most of the trail is a rock staircase made from huge rock slabs stacked on top of each other forming a staircase. The trail climbs up to the top of a small nob to the north of the Alpine Visitor Center giving you a great 360 degree view of the valley below and the peas above. To your east is the smaller nob known as Marmot Point.

How to get there

Trail leaves from the Alpine Visitor Center.

  • From the east side of the park take either the Old Fall River Road or UT-34(Trail Ride Road) to the top of the pass and the Alpine Visitor Center.
  • From the west side of the park follow the CO-34(Trail Ridge Road) to the top of the pass and the Alpine Visitor Center.

Route Description

Easy out and back, the top can be seen from the parking lot.

Typical Conditions

Trail is paved and has man made stone stairs.

Fees, Permits, etc.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park entrance fee required at the park entrance. RMNP Fees & Reservations
  • Dogs are not allowed on trails in Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park offers a free shuttle from Estes Park to Bear Lake Trailhead, Glacier Gorge Trailhead, Bierstadt Lake Trailhead, and Cub Lakes Trailhead. RMNP Shuttle Bus Routes

After the Hike

Miscellaneous Information

Alpine Visitor Center has a ranger stations, small gift shop/book store, and bathrooms. There is also a small restaurant in the parking lot.



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