Lily Mountain Trail is an easy to moderate difficult trail with an elevation gain of ca 1,000 ft (330 m) on a length of approx. 1.9 mi.
The trailhead is located along Hwy 7, ca. 6 mi south of Estes Park. This trail is not accessible from Lily Lake. Elevation at the trailhead is ca. 8,800.
Most of the trail is coverered by evergreens which makes it a good choice for hot summer days.
Dogs are allowed on the Trail and therefore it makes a good hiking alternative if you were at Rocky Mountain National Park where your dog cannot be taken onto trails.
The Trail becomes more difficult to hike close to the end, may be the last 100 yards. Hikders will need their hands to climb the large rocks and rock steps. No climbing equipment needed nor do hikers need climbing experience,... just be able to keep balance and be concentrated at all times. Dogs, depending on their overall age, physical ability can or cannot reach the summit as well but be prepared not to take the dog to the summit.
The summit offers a 360 degree view which is definitely worth the way up here.