Glacier Gorge Trailhead


Range: Front Range
Coordinates: 40.18632, -105.38421
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Road Difficulty

Paved Road 0   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)

Driving Directions

Go to Estes Park via Hwy 34 or Hwy 36 to the intersection of those two roads. Go west on Hwy 36 business (also known here as Elkhorn) through downtown Estes Park. After a third of a mile, turn left on Moraine to stay on Hwy. 36. There is a sign that says Rocky Mountain National Park headquarters entrance. After two miles the road splits - stay to the right to go to the park main entrance. The park entrance is two more miles from the split (four miles total from the turn onto Moraine). A quarter mile into the park, make the first left onto Bear Lake Rd. The sign refers to Bear Lake and Moraine Park. Take Bear Lake Rd. 8.5 miles to reach the Glacier Gorge trailhead on the left.

Winter Access

Bear Lake Rd. is plowed in the winter, during the daytime.
Status Updates 
Posted By: krishcane
Info: Bear Lake Rd. is currently closed for maintenance from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. It is open at all other times. You can drive up before 9 am, and you’ll still be allowed to return during the maintenance window - it’s just that they won’t allow any new vehicles to go up during that time. You can also park at the Moraine Park area (1 mile in to Bear Lake Rd.) and take the visitor’s shuttle up to Bear Lake, though there can be delay of up to 2 hours on the shuttle during peak visiting time.

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