Mills Lake

#16 of 142 trails in Rocky Mountain National Park
Mills Lake is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until November.

5.0 miles Out & Back 710 feet
hiking lake river views
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Take Hwy. 36 out of Estes Park to RMNP entrance, then go to Bear Lake Rd. and follow it to Glacier Gorge TH.

Aaron Hurd

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

13 Completed13 Reviews

German Lacaci

14 Completed15 Reviews

Haley Baker

4 Completed4 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

3 Completed1 Reviews

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

Jeff Gandee

16 Completed4 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

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

7 Completed4 Reviews

Don Mefferd

2 Completed2 Reviews

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

Carolyn Jannicelli

6 Completed6 Reviews

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