Camping at Hermit’s Hollow near Estes Park gives easy access to one of our favorite Colorado hikes: Kruger Rock Trail. This fall, we did an impromptu camping trip and chose this campground because it was the only place I could find with an available site. But we got lucky and found a place we will definitely return to!
The Kruger Rock Trail is located within Hermit Park, which is run by Larimer County. The entrance to Hermit Park is off Highway 36, just a few miles from Estes Park. You’ll need to stop to purchase a day pass (this is required even if you are camping at the park).
Once inside the park, there is a bit of a drive to the trailhead.
Distance & Difficulty of Kruger Rock Trail
This wasn’t a terribly long hike at around 2 miles each way, but it is a consistent climb along a well-groomed trail. With the 1,000 ft climb in elevation over just 2 miles, it is rated at a moderate trail.incredible views from Kruger Rock - our favorite half-day #hike near #estespark CO Click To Tweet
Stops to rest, take in the views, or have a picnic
If you want to picnic before heading out on your hike, there is a large pavillion right near the trailhead. Restrooms are available there too.
About a mile in, the trail brings you to the side of the mountain facing Estes Park. There are two good places to stop along the way, to take in the views and rest for a few minutes. As you get closer to the end of the trail, there are a few more places to stop off the trail for more views and rests, if needed. We held out until the end for a long stop and a picnic. When you get to the top of the mountain, there will be one more climb to go if you want the most spactular views.
Our picnic recommendation: we think the very top of Kruger Rock is a perfect place for a picnic. It’s easy to climb, the rock is flat enough to maneuver around, and the views are incredible. If you want to eat before the top, there are a few great areas to stop about a 1/4 mile from the top. Either way, those views!!
The Best Part of the Hike
Climbing up to the top of Kruger Rock is surprisingly easy to do, and there is even an area just for climbing up. The views are specatular and it makes for a great photo op!
We were there in early fall, but the leaves were already starting to change to gold on the Aspens. I would love to go back and see the peak of the fall colors!want to go #hiking near Estes Park CO? check out Kruger Rock Trail - you'll be glad you did! Click To Tweet
What the Kids Have to Say About Kruger Rock Trail
“I liked resting on top of the rock.”
“It was kind of hard, but not really because it was short.”
“It was fun to see the Stanley [Hotel] from the mountain.”
Will we do it again?
With so many incredible hikes near us, we won’t always get a chance to repeat a trail. Because this one is a relatively quick hike with incredible rewards, we will definitely hit this one again. It’s also a great one to bring friends and family who are visiting from out of town. And since it’s not a full day hike, so there will be plenty of time to explore around Estes Park afterwards!
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