|Hike Distance||9 miles Round Trip|
|Duration||Approx 5-7 hrs Round Trip|
|Trail Type||Out and Back|
|Starting Elevation at Glacier Gorge Trailhead||9240′|
|Elevation Gain||Approx +2400′|
|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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