hiking

views

wildlife

wild flowers

walking

forest

nature trips

birding

lake

no dogs

river

horseback riding

waterfall

kid friendly

snowshoeing

trail running

camping

fishing

fly fishing

backpacking

wheelchair friendly

This section of the Rocky Mountains has ecosystems varying in elevation from the over 150 riparian lakes to Montane and subalpine forests to the alpine tundra. Large wildlife including mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bears, and cougars inhabit these igneous mountains and glacier valleys. The fourteener Longs Peak and Bear Lake are popular destinations.

To add to my previous review, the trail is actually 3.7 miles long and the road to the trailhead is closed in winter so it's a a few tenths of a mile hike to get to the trailhead.

Fantastic hike! It's under tree cover until the last quarter mile which is just phenomenal. I hiked in late February and the trail was well packed and easy to follow. It was pretty icy -probably could have used more than my yaktracks and was glad I brought trekking poles.

snowshoeing
2 days ago

If you want to do this in the winter... it's pretty underwhelming so much so that we didn't even take a picture. But just for S&G we kept going up the trail saw some birds and squirrels and some sick views!

Yep we hiked to the "lake" it was covered in snow but it was still beautiful!!!!! Anyway you get to it will be beautiful take the long way, short way.... haha worth it!

hiking
4 days ago

Another beautiful trail with amazing views the whole way! Love this hike and I would probably rate it more moderate but I've lived in high altitude my whole life.

snowshoeing
4 days ago

Loooooooooove this trail. It's a tourist destination for a reason. I'm a Colorado native, so I've been here in multiple seasons and every season is a new experience. It is an easy trail of you are okay with high altitude. Beautiful views and landscapes. RMNP is my favorite park.

SO beautiful here! Bring lots of layers. We were here in October and some parts of the park we were comfortable in a tshirt and going up on this trail we needed gloves and a coat. Very extreme change! I would consider this trail between "easy" and "moderate" difficulty- we saw some people struggling! You definitely should be in pretty good shape to be hiking here- you're in the mountains after all.

The views are insane and the lakes are beautiful! Nymph lake almost scared us away from going any further (it's not as pretty as the rest) but keep going! It's interesting to see how different all of the lakes are as you get higher up.

Gorgeous spot but hard work to get there. Gaiters, microspikes and snowshoes came in handy. The frozen lakes are remarkable. Can't wait to see what it looks like in the summer time
5.5hrs roundtrip

hiking
4 days ago

Excellent views! Not an easy hike if you are a beginner but totally worth it

Very beautiful sites and views. Going towards Fern Lake includes a ton of inclines and the way down can be somewhat steep in some areas.

hiking
5 days ago

Easygoing hike/snowshoe. Snow was mostly slushy and often not covering the trail. We tried with our snowshoes at first but had to take them off and stash them. Good winter boots and poles are a must at this time of year.