Pole Hill

4.8/5 (42 reviews)
Estes Park, Colorado (Larimer County)
Last Updated: 06/17/2022
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Highlights

Pole Hill is situated in Roosevelt National Forest just east of Estes Park. For how close it is to civilization, it sure does offer a ton of fun, moderate obstacles, and absolutely stunning views of Longs Peak as well as Rocky Mountain National Park. Whether you are new to offroading looking to advance your skills and challenge your rig, or a seasoned veteran looking for a close day trip to go play out on the rocks, Pole Hill is one of those trails that doesn’t disappoint. With the ability to mix in the Panorama Peak loop to the South and Solitude Creek loop to the North, you can have a full day of exploration. In the early summer, you will be greeted with meadows of wildflowers, and in the fall, the vast stretches of Aspen trees will offer a golden shimmer in the sun. This is truly a gem in the area that shouldn’t be missed!

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Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (42 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this along with the Solitude Creek and Panorama Peak trails. The pockets of aspen were showing color pretty good and the trail was moderately busy but plenty of pullout spots and most everyone was courteous. This was my first run with my new to me JL Rubicon and it obviously handled everything very well, even in its stock form. Saw anything from built jeeps on 37s to stock F150s and even a somewhat built Subaru crosstrek on the trail.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/18/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Easy, fun trail with amazing views!
Trail Review: Pole Hill - Michele Strough
Trail Review: Pole Hill - Michele Strough
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Did this one in the misting rain along with the Solitude Creek and Panorama Peak. The rain made it a bit more of a challenge but tons of fun. Some areas can be more challenging if you want them to be. We saw a tour vehicle from Estes a couple times but it was never over crowded. The three trails combined made for a pretty full day. There are also cutoffs off the main trail that you can try if you have the time.
Trail Review: Pole Hill - Ken Magdic
Trail Review: Pole Hill - Ken Magdic
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Status: Open
Visited: 07/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

First time, lots of fun. Go early. Rocky, narrow in parts. Bronco Badlands, Sasquatch - navigated in 4 Low and 4 High. Good times.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun trail, there are easier lines if your loaded down with camp gear but also challenging lines if that’s what your in the mood for. There are a lot of cheesy Jeep tours on this trail.

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