Trail Name: Elk Meadow
Location: Near Evergreen, Colorado
Date: August 7, 2019
Time at the Trail Head: 7:30am
Trail Length: 4.0 miles
Elevation Gain: 593 feet
Elev. at Trail Head: 7,593 feet
# of Hikers Passed: 52
# of Mnt. Bikers Passed: 33
# of Horses Passed: 0
Drive from Denver to Elk Meadow Trail
Driving from Denver, up through Aspen Park, Conifer and over to Evergreen is a wonderful, relaxing and absolutely beautiful drive. Make sure to take some time to enjoy the drive and be kind to everyone else who loves to visit the area.
My Day on the Trail
I always use AllTrails to plan my hiking adventures and here is a map view of the trail with some great information that will help you on your trip.
Elk Mountain is a popular destination for hikers, runners and bikers so make sure to get to the trailhead as early as possible. We arrived at 7:30 am and there were only two parking spots open. There are bathroom facilities available.
It was evident, even after hiking away from the parking lot, that this is a popular destination. To say we passed a lot of people, is an under statement. Besides the hike up to Flattop Mountain in the Rocky Mountain National Park, I have not been on a more traveled trail. However, everyone is extremely friendly and polite.
We hiked the loop counter clockwise. Even though it is beautiful from the moment you arrive, the traffic noise from the road is especially annoying as you have to listen to it for at least 1/2 mile, but eventually you start heading up towards the mountain and lose the noise.
The views are absolutely amazing and it’s especially nice that there are places along the trail to relax and enjoy the view.
We kept meeting extremely friendly people on the hike and there are a lot of mountain bikers on this trail also but it was still a really nice hike. The views were always spectacular as you can see below.
The trail is well traveled but well maintained. The west and south parts of the trail are mostly in the woods after you leave the meadow on the east and north side. There are also several other trails and one that heads up to Bergen Peak. There are so many options to choose from and you’ll want to come back and explorer some more.
My daughter and I initially hiked this trail in August but I cam back in early October to take a few more pictures and some video. The aspens have started to change colors at this altitude. October is when they change the most, from my experience. My daughter goes to college in Gunnison and the aspens are already bright yellow there.
After finishing the 4-mile loop I came across this pretty setting, looking at the Elk Meadow.
Even though this is a heavily traveled trail, I highly recommend you visit the trail and the area. This is actually a great trail to start to get use to the altitude in Colorado if you are not use to it.
There are no seriously steep inclines on this section of the trail and there are plenty of places to pull up a rock or log and enjoy the beauty of Evergreen while you catch your breath.
You can enjoy a video of my hike on the Elk Meadow Trail by Clicking Here.
The town of Evergreen is a beautiful and charming town with an old town feel on the west side of Evergeen Lake. Take some time to walk around the lake and visit some of the shops and restaurants in town.
One of my favorite places to hang out in Evergreen is The Little Bear. It makes me feel like I am in a wonderful old town in Colorado…and of course I am.
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Elk Meadow TrailFree
Lake or Stream Views0.0/5
Well Maintained Trails5.0/5
- Easy Access
- Meadow Views
- Well Maintained Trails
- Trail Choices to Choose From
- Near Evergreen, Colorado
- No Creeks or Lakes
- Traffic Noise Near the Highway
- Parking on the Weekend