Mills Lake

#10 of 132 trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

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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.

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Haley Baker (128)

3 Completed3 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 (40)

3 Completed1 Reviews

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

Jeff Gandee (99)

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 (85)

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 (283)

7 Completed4 Reviews

Don Mefferd (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Carolyn Jannicelli (134)

6 Completed6 Reviews

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

Craig F (643)

56 Completed23 Reviews

Gorgeous Lake. Well worth the hike up to it.

Medha Vora (3435)

62 Completed54 Reviews

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

Sarah Hunt (93)

6 Completed6 Reviews

Beautiful Hike!