Trail Snapshot: Solitude Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
- Hike Distance: 9 miles Round Trip
- Difficulty: Difficult
- Duration: Approx 5-7 hrs Round Trip
- Trail Type: Out and Back
- Starting Elevation at Glacier Gorge Trailhead: 9240′
- Elevation Gain: Approx +2400′
- Seasons: Mid-Summer-September
- Dogs: Dogs Prohibited in RMNP
- Hike Trail Map: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map
- Denver Drive Time: 2 hr
- Driving Directions to Glacier Gorge Trailhead: Click for Google Map
- Town Nearest Hike: Estes Park, Colorado
- Beauty: Waterfalls, wildlife: elk, deer, marmots; meadows, lakes, streams, wildflowers
- Activities: Hiking, photography, fishing
- Fee: Park Pass Required
A final reminder: This hike is not on maintained trails, is a long hike, and demanding. Hikers should be familiar with RMNP and developed the skills needed for backcountry travel. A more detailed trail profile for locating the trail and a brief description of its course and hazards are can be found on the Shelf Lake hike profile page. If you are looking for a demanding hike on maintained trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, we would recommend exploring trail profiles for Sky Pond and Black Lake.
Tips & Resources for Hiking to Solitude Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
- Recommended Map for Rocky Mountain National Park: The trail maps provided by Rocky Mountain National Park are usually sufficient. However, if you plan to hike RMNP often, we recommend purchasing a National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map.
- Packing List: Always pack the 10 Essentials. Download our Hiking Guide to get list and dayhiking packing checklist.
- Colorado Road Conditions: Colorado Road Conditions
- After the Hike: Inkwell & Brew Coffee
Map & Driving Directions
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