Who in Colorado doesn’t have a dog? I have two rescue dogs, a Golden Retriever and a Golden/Collie mix and they love to hike with me. It keeps me active and keeps them out of trouble. Because having dogs on the trails in Rocky Mountain National Park is prohibited, let me share with you a few Estes Park Dog Friendly Hiking Trails.  Here are my top 3 favorites:

Pole Hill Road

Little Valley

Homer Rouse

South Little Valley

Signal Mountain

Crosier Mountain Summit

Pole Hill Road

To access the Forest service trails turn onto Pole Hill RD (FDR 122) from Hwy 36 and follow to the end of road where there is a small parking area and a gate.  During the busy seasons there will be limited parking. Enjoy nice vistas of Estes Park, the Continental Divide, Mount Olympus, abundant Aspens and huge rock outcroppings. This is a jeep road so be prepared to share the trail with ATV’s and mountain bikers.  Explore this area, you will not be disappointed. Here is a 360 view of a lookout on the way to Panorama Peak.

Little Valley, South Estes Park

To access this area you travel through Little Valley-a residential area off of Fish Creek Road in South Estes Park. The trailhead starts as the end of a dirt road (Pierson Park Road-FS 119) at a seasonal gate. There are several hiking loops through the area and it is also frequented by campers and 4×4 enthusiasts. There are abundant flowers along the road and you cross two streams which is nice for the dogs to cool off in. Because of the 2013 flood, the main road does not continue through South to Johnny Park.

South Signal Mountain, Glen Haven

South access to Signal Mountain, via the Bulwark Ridge, is at the North Fork/Dunraven Trailhead parking lot on Dunraven Glade Road off County Road 43. This is a very difficult 4 mile one-way hike on a rocky trail with 3000’+ of vertical gain. Views of Longs Peak await you at the rock strewn tundra summit. Abundant wildflowers and Aspens line the trail, heavy forested areas and look outs in the first mile and last mile. Be prepared on this trail, there is no access to water. Bring enough for your furry friends too. 

 

Here are a few more Estes Park Dog Friendly Hiking Trails to check out:

Homer Rouse, Highway 7

Crosier Mountain, Glen Haven

Kruger Rock, Hermit Park

Dunraven Glade, Glen Haven