Loveland Bike Trail
 

Property: Lake Estes Trail
Priority Area: Estes Valley (map)
Size: 3.75 Miles

Description

photo of acquisition area

Located in the center of Estes Valley, the Lake Estes Trail acts as a central trail hub for an extensive trail network throughout the Estes area and Rocky Mountain National Park. The approximately 4-mile long trail is managed by the Estes Valley Parks and Recreation District. In 1998, the Open Lands Program contributed financially, along with other regional partners, to improve and expand this important trail.

Take Hwy 34 west towards Estes Park. From Highway 34, the trail may be accessed from the Visitor Center parking area, down Lake Front Drive to Fisherman's Nook, or from the Lake Estes Marina.

Management Summary

  Yes No Comments
Permit Required   *  
Trails *    
  • hiking
*    
  • Mountain biking
*    
  • horses
  *  
Restrooms *   Restrooms are located at Cherokee Draw Day-Use Area on the south side of Lake Estes
Drinking fountains *   Drinking fountains are located at Cherokee Draw Day-Use Area on the south side of Lake Estes
Dogs allowed *   Please keep dogs on a leash at all times!

Management Plan

The Lake Estes Trail was built in several phases over a 4 year span. In Phase III of V Phases, Larimer County contributed $100,000 for that section of trail. Overall, the Lake Estes Trail is 3.73 miles in length. In 1998, the Open Lands Program contributed financially, along with other regional partners, to improve and expand this important trail. (Thank you to Stan Gengler of EVPRD for his help with this page.)

Property Information

Type of Acquisition #Acres Property
Value
Partnerships
Bargain Sales
Donations
Date
Acquired
Public
Access
Trail Construction (Larimer County's dollars helped fund approximately 1 of nearly 4 miles of the Lake Estes Trail) 4.0 $ 232,500 Larimer Co. - $ 100,000
BOR* - $ 50,000
GOCO** - $ 22,500
Estes Park - $ 30,000
EVPRD** - $ 30,000
1998 Yes

* Bureau of Reclamation
** Great Outdoors Colorado
*** Estes Valley Parks and Recreation District

Background Image: Loveland Bike Trail by Sharon Veit. All rights reserved.