Mills Lake Trail

#10 of 102 trails in Rocky Mountain National Park
Mills Lake Trail is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible from June until November.

11.4 miles 2457 feet Out & Back
hiking snowshoeing lake river views waterfall
Hide Map

Take Hwy. 36 out of Estes Park to RMNP entrance, then go to Bear Lake Rd. and follow it to Glacier Gorge TH.

Marcus B
29 days ago

15 Completed13 Reviews

Wife and I snowshoed to Mills after doing the trail to the Loch. There are some fantastic views of the valley as you head to the lake. RMNP got about 40 inches of snow a week prior to our trip but the trails are well traveled and packed down. We had our snowshoes on, but most were wearing microspikes. A short but steep trek up is more than worth it for the scenic look across the lake. The sky was mostly overcast as we reached the lake, but it got warm and sunny as we hiked back. It's definitely transitioning to spring in the park.

Britt Namken
1 month ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

John Newman
1 month ago

17 Completed16 Reviews

Went past Miil's and circled Jewell to make it a little over six miles. Still good snow this late in March.

Eric Biller
2 months ago

11 Completed12 Reviews

The distance is 5.3 roundtrip. Great hike if you want to spend the day in the mountains with family. Start Early, Use the shuttle (its great), go slow and you will enjoy this one!

Hiroko Morikawa
2 months ago

168 Completed3 Reviews

Great hike. I snowshoed to Jewel Lake. Trail mostly packed. Snowshoes or traction devices recommended.

Aaron Hurd
7 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Amazing hike! Some of the best views I've seen in Colorado walking through the Rocky Mountain valleys. The lake is so peaceful and gorgeous right up against the snow capped mountains. Pretty easy hike, but it can get pretty icy.

Alicia Hernandez
7 months ago

13 Completed13 Reviews

German Lacaci
7 months ago

20 Completed22 Reviews

Haley Baker
7 months ago

12 Completed11 Reviews

This was my first official hike as a Colorado resident and I couldn't have been happier with it. It was not too strenuous (coming from Virginia and basically sea level...) and was lined with breathtaking views the entire way. Parking was scarce, and we had to circle the Bear Lake park and ride for almost 45 minutes before finding a spot. The Glacier Gorge trailhead wasn't too crowded, and Alberta Falls was bearable. After we passed the falls, it thinned out a lot and we didn't see many people. The lake is absolutely gorgeous and well worth any crowds you may have to endure.

Karen Concannon
8 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

Moderate hike great views just too many people. Go all the way to Jewel Lake

Jeff Gandee
8 months ago

18 Completed5 Reviews

Awesome views along the way, the lake is absolutely beautiful. Crowds can be bad from mid-morning on but as with most trails, the farther out you go, the more the crowds thin out.

Kate Scherer
8 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

This hike had amazing views the entire way! I would suggest getting to the trailhead early! We got to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead around 8am and it was already full. Thankfully the Bear Lake Trailhead is close by and we were able to park there. The trails intersect so we were still able to see Alberta Falls and make it to Mills Lake.

Kyle Creed
8 months ago

9 Completed4 Reviews

Don Mefferd
8 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Great hike. Not a hard hike but well worth the walk. Waterfalls are awesome. The lake is beautiful.

Carolyn Jannicelli
9 months ago

6 Completed6 Reviews

Beautiful hike! Absolutely stunning. Would highly recommend for all levels :)

Craig F
9 months ago

62 Completed26 Reviews

Gorgeous Lake. Well worth the hike up to it.

Medha Vora
9 months ago

82 Completed70 Reviews

Easy trail, beautiful lake. Review and pics under Black Lake.

Sarah Hunt
9 months ago

10 Completed10 Reviews

Beautiful Hike!

Z. Dombrowski
9 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Chat Coats
9 months ago

28 Completed22 Reviews