Lake Haiyaha is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until November.
Beautiful hike! Opted Outside with friends on Black Friday, so traffic was very high, but still thinned out towards the top. Chilly trek in the winter months, and poles are definitely a must if the trail is well-packed with snow or starting to ice over. Kept a few slips from turning into full-on falls on the way down. Inspiring views along the way and at the end!
Hiked this on 15Nov16 on a beautiful sunny day. Along the way you have some great views, and at the lake the view is spectacular. The trail is generally easy to follow, although when you reach the boulder field surrounding the lake it's not obvious where it goes. Take a little side trip to see Dream Lake, where you have a great view of Hallett Peak and the Tyndall Glacier rising above the lake.
Nice hike to a couple of lower lakes and then up to Haiyaha. Nymph lake is not far from the trailhead and then you can go to Dream Lake which is really nice and backtrack about .2 miles to the junction to Haiyaha. The trail is mostly uphill fairly steep and steady but not hard. At the lake you have to scramble over boulders so that makes it a bit tricky. I did a loop and came back via Alberta Falls. Very few people on the trail today.
Really liked this lake, it's surrounded by tall mountains. The lake features what's thought to be the oldest tree in park on the rocks near lake. Climbed pretty intense after Dream lake but wasn't too bad and evened out in some spots.
Beautiful views all along the way to Lake Haiyaha. There were also other smaller lake to see along the way that were just as pretty. The last 0.25 miles before reaching Lake Haiyaha were pretty rocky and slick from the snow so just hike with caution. The views were totally worth it!
Great hike. Once past the normal lake hikes much less crowded. Beautiful views along the way.
If you are trying to get away from the crowds, pick the Haiyaha trail which starts about 0.7 miles before reaching Emerald Lake. Nice views.
Added Lake Haiyaha to Emerald Lake for an even more rewarding hike. The rocky terrain and boulder field around and above the lake make it very different from the other 3 lakes on this hike. It is also much less crowded.
Made our way to the lake from the waterfall. Amazing hike and not as popular as other trails.
Another great alpine lake trail. You see Nymph Lake and Dream Lake along the way. Around 1.5 miles into the trail you are high up and can see all the way to Sprague Lake and Bear Lake. Stunning views of Longs Peak the whole way. The Lake at the end doesn't disappoint.
The lake was absolutely beautiful! Emerald green clear water with amazing mountain backdrop. Great mix of shady paths, rocky terrain, and fantastic views.
Beautiful hike! Amazing lake. The trail is moderate until you get to the end where you must climb Boulder fields to get there.