Glacier Gorge Trailhead


Range: Front Range
Coordinates: 40.310559, -105.640225
14ers: Longs Peak
Elevation: 9,200'

Road Difficulty

2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)

Driving Directions

From Beaver Meadows entrance: After going through booths take the first left onto Bear Lake road.
From Fall River and West entrances: Follow Trail Ridge Road east all the way to Bear Lake road and turn right.
Follow Bear Lake Road roughly 8 miles to Glacier Gorge TH (on left). You will pass Moraine Park, Hollowell Park and Bierstadt Lake TH.
The parking area does fill even in the winter. If it is full you can continue 0.7 miles further on the road to the Bear Lake TH. You can hike the road back down or you can hop on the trail to Dream Lake where shortly you will take a left on to a 0.4 mile trail connecting Bear Lake and Glacier Gorge. There are restroom facilities located at TH. In the summer the park offers a shuttle service.

Winter Access

The park service keeps the road plowed past the trailhead to the end of the road at the Bear Lake TH.

More Info

Restrooms? Yes
Fees? No
Trailhead added by BillMiddlebrook
Status Updates 
Posted By: nedryarson
Info: Lot nearly full at 4:20am on a Saturday
Posted By: Drone_Boss78
Info: Light pack
Posted By: WillRobnett
Info: Mostly hard park up to Mills Lake, 95%. Some ice in the lower trail and only two small sections that don’t have coverage that are maybe 10ft at most.
Posted By: bmcqueen
Info: The trail out of the Glacier Gorge TH is a sheet of ice right now. Make sure to bring traction.
Posted By: WillRobnett
Info: Bear lake ranger station reported 9 inches of fresh snow today. 4x4 was being recommended at the park entrance going to Glacier Gorge/Bear Lake.
Posted By: Kiefer
Info: If you remember what this TH looked like years ago, that being located on the inside partition of a turn on the way to Bear lake, it is RADICALLY different now.
Now, it’s actually alot better. The Bear Lake road has had SIGNIFICANT improvments done to it recently-many more pullouts, repaving, earthen walls etc. The TH itself is now located further down from the original, probably two turns away on the outside (left side of the road). The new TH has more additional parking spaces and a bus stop has been added, as RMNP has implemented a bus system along this very busy road. After roughly .3-.5 miles of hiking on the actual trail, it joins back to the original. The improvements are really quite nice. Cost to RMNP is $20.00 and you’ll want to take the EAST entrance from Estes Park.
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