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22 minutes ago

Steep ascent. Brilliant sunrise over Dream Lake.

High traffic beautiful scenery but if you want solitude and a challenge for a 20-25 year old it is not what you are looking for.

Great hike toward the late afternoon it wasn’t as crowded as it could have been

This was a nice unplanned hike after we couldn’t park at Bearlake trailhead. Even on a Saturday during July not that busy. The treat was a pristine lake with a beautiful view of the mountains in the background.

Unbelievably amazing hike! Steady inclines at times but overall a pretty doable trail by anyone.
I arrived at 6:30pm on a Saturday and the parking had empty spots. Saw a ton of people at the beginning of the trail but the further you go the less people you’ll see.
A lot of bugs when you hike at a later time so bring some bug spray with you! Also, bring a flashlight just in case you need it!

on Emerald Lake Trail

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1 day ago

great hike, with views iconic to colorado - when you see colorado in a photo album, this trail contains views that showcases this.

Gorgeous views from a reasonably short trail. Lots of wildlife along the way!

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1 day ago

I did the emerald Lake route . I’m not sure why they called it moderate? It’s a nice 45 min stroll to the lake on a amazingly maintained trail, even paved at the beginning. It’s a great trail for families and young ones . If you want more of a challenge hike around the right side of emerald Lake. It is what I would call a very stable rock scramble and doable by older kids with good shoes( some traction on Btm). Then hike up to the falls which are really pretty . That extension makes the hike moderate and is well worth it plus it’s gets you away from the masses . If you are really an extremist then try hiking up the valley to the right of the river and falls. It is an advanced hike and gets to class 3-4 with 80% grade. Tougher going up but you need poles coming down or you take some falls . Do not hike in single file here as you will trigger rock slides due to grade. Also it is what I’d call a loose rock scramble!! Views are insane from up there but be careful as footing is tricky and it requires some rock climbing .

We loved this hike! Perfect hike for a day. On a Friday there were others out there but not a ton. Go to the end. Emerald Lake is worth it!

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2 days ago

Easy, busy, but beautiful for sure

lovely little hike. My 7 year olds first summit. I give it 5 stars because there is a little scrambling at the top which is fun but safe. And the views are awesome for the type of altitude you are at. In other words no trees obfuscating the view of the Dimond and other mountains surrounding.

If you’re a true hiker, definitely hike to Loch Vale. The view is absolutely stunning and worth every minute.

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3 days ago

Super fun and easy!

Cool hike do early morning or at after 5 to avoid crowd. 3 cool lakes. Keep going to see the last view!

If you’re not from Colorado, or used to the elevation, this trail may be a bit harder than easy. I dragged my brother through this one, all the way up to Emerald lake. We started with Bear lake loop and then headed upwards from the trail head. You’ll pass Dream lake on the way. Everything is gorgeous. This trail was highly trafficked but well worth it to see Emerald lake. If you have the gear, time, and skill level, you could continue hiking up the rock walls on the left side of Emerald lake and connect to other trails.

Great trail with some awesome views! Decent elevation gain. Get there early!

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4 days ago

absolutely beautiful lake. i wish i could’ve made it further but was experiencing altitude sickness. but dream lake is definitely doable if you experience that if you take breaks and go at your own pace. before i got there, there was a bear sighting too

Ive been wanting to hike to Odessa for a while now and never got around to it. It was a moderate hike from the Fern Lake trailhead (I avoid Bear Lake at all costs) so I did the out and back from Fern Lake.. Ended up at 12.3 miles start to finish. One of the most beautiful hikes Ive done in RMNP. TONS of wildflowers once you past Fern Lake. Will definitely do it again.

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5 days ago

Beautiful views and water areas.

Great views and a decently challenging hike for those who don't have all day but definitely want to sweat a little!

Easy hike with beautiful views. But would never hike this again on a Saturday in peak season- kinda killed it

Good hike, not too challenging, but that's why it's so popular. Add Lake Haiyaha either after Dream Lake or coming back down from Emerald and make it a spectacular 4 lake loop. Get there early so you can park, and be courteous on the trail when it's more crowded (walk single file to the right, don't block the way).

Great hike- too busy

This was a great hike! Closer to 6 miles round trip. We enjoyed it and there was some nice views along the way.

Very popular trail so if you want to beat the crowds you have to go early. Very beautiful hike with awesome views.

Done this hike on the way to sky pond. Beautiful hike.

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7 days ago

This trail was weirdly quiet as the trail head parking was full on Saturday. The steepness is not that bad as it looks because of the relatively low elevation. The worst part is probably you have to do the ridiculous climb again when you're so close to finish.

We traveled this trail on July 6th. We started the trail from taking the shuttle to glacier gorge at around 8:30am. It was a beautiful hike, lightly trafficked, and the hike becomes more rugged and natural after you pass Alberta falls. The last 0.8 mile trek of the trail was steeper and switchback but lead to a beautiful, peaceful lake which was a great place to stop for a snack. Bring bug spray.

This is a pretty busy hike, but it was fun to meet people on the trail. Amazing view at Emerald lake!

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8 days ago

Agree with all previous comments. It’s a zoo. Early means 6am at the latest. I got lucky today and took advice to start at Bierstadt Lake trailhead. RMNP allows roadside parking here. I walked to the trail, did a trail run that connected to Bear Lake and then ascended to Emerald. Took the shuttle to Bierstadt trail. The park was limiting cars when I drove out. Go super early till late September.

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