Joe and Frede's Top 10 Hikes - All Top 10 Hikes Lists - Colorado
These are our personal 10 favorite overall hikes. It was so hard to rank these hikes because all are wonderful and each could make a case to be number one.
1 Glacier Gorge Hike This is our number one hike because of all 9 lakes you can find up beautiful and profound Glacier Gorge. Numerous majestic peaks overlook these beautiful little lakes. We have personally hiked to 5 of the 9 lakes.
2 The Needles and Lumpy Ridge Traverse Lumpy Ridge is known as a world-class climbing area, and The Needles are the highest point on Lumpy Ridge. This hike takes you along the base of Lumpy Ridge and then up a long, narrow and steep gully to the summit block. The summit provides wonderful birds eye views of Estes Park and surrounding Rocky Mountain National Park. The "traverse" section of the hike takes you along the rocky backbone of Lumpy Ridge past numerous other interesting rock features, before descending back down onto the trail.
3 East Glacier Knob Hike This hike is a fun trip in route finding, as you make your way up and around the numerous cliff bands on this peak. It can be done without any scrambling if you know exactly which route to take, but there are numerous scrambling and rock climbing opportunities if you want them. The views from the summit of the surrounding peaks towering above is breathtaking.
4 Palisade Mountain Hike This hike takes you atop one the most striking lower foothills peaks in north-central Colorado. This is another peak with fun route finding. After climbing this peak 3 times, we have found a winding route from the west that avoids any scrambling until ascending the summit block. The views from the summit are amazing, and the nearly shear south face of the mountain allows impressive views down into the Big Thompson Canyon below.
5 Table Iron, Iron Mountain and Flat Top Mountain Hike via the Trap Park Trail This hike takes you through prime moose habitat in Trap Park, and then up three of the best Neota Flattops peaks. The steep sides and relatively flat tops to these mountains make them unique, and the views from their summits are great.
6 Rainbow Lakes and Slide Lake Hike This remote hike takes you by 4 beautiful alpine lakes and some unnamed falls in the heart of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness.
7 American Lakes Hike This hike takes you along a stream and then up to the American Lakes. If you hike off trail towards Snow Lake, you get a great view down on the lakes, that loosely resemble how the Americas look on a globe. At the end of the hike, Snow Lake is nestled within an alpine cirque.
8 Mirror Lake Trail Even though this trail has a lake in its name, only a long overlook of the lake is reached at the end of the trail. When combined with the Brackenbury Cabin Trail, this can be turned into a pleasant loop hike across the mostly gently-sloping tundra within the Comanche Peak Wilderness. Wildflowers and broad views abound, and the loop hike leads past two cabins, one of which is a sod cabin that still has its roof.
9 Odessa Gorge Hike This hike takes you along the upper stretches of the Big Thompson River, by Fern Falls and to 3 of the named lakes of Rocky Mountain National Park: The Pool, Fern Lake and Odessa Lake. The last two lakes allow wonderful views of the surrounding mountains that tower above you.
10 Hike to the Hidden Lakes in the Northwest Corner of the Comanche Peak Wilderness This hike takes you to several seldom-visited and unnamed lakes in the Comanche Peak Wilderness. The tranquil solitude you get to enjoy in this beautiful area is well worth the effort to get here.

Honorable Mentions
Mirror Lake Hike
Emmaline Lake Trail