Emerald Lake Trail

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Emerald Lake Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

3.2 miles 780 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

Take Hwy. 36 out of Estes Park to the RMNP entrance, then drive to the Bear Lake Road, take a left, and follow this road to the Bear Lake Trailhead.

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6 days ago

Absolutely love this lake and hike.

9 days ago

Great snowshoeing adventure

14 days ago

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20 days ago

Hiked it last fall, made it to the top with a baby, amazing scenery and views.

hiking
1 month ago

snowshoeing
1 month ago

One of my favorite snowshoeing treks in Colorado! The snow was perfect and the lakes were stunning. A little busy due to the holidays, but all friendly folks on the trail.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful 3 days before santa arrives...alot of snow!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Super windy at Emerald but worth it! The hike from Dream Lake up to Emerald would recommend microspikes and poles, the rest of the hike was snow pack and beautiful. Got there early expecting a crowd, got back to trail head around 10:30 and the parking lot was barely half full.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic views! Proper hiking boots and ice-trekkers recommended this time of year.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail even in late November, very slick coming down. Highly recommend poles, yes even if you're "the man".

Saw lots of people unprepared give up half way up, needed more layers.

2 months ago

3 months ago

My first hike in RMNP. Took the trail when it was covered in snow. Fortunately the high traffic made it easy to follow. The views along the way are breathtaking. It is a relatively easy hike too.