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good hike, lake was a bit low. lovely views throughout the hike.

One of the most beautiful hikes! You get to see at least five different water features. For the most part, the trail is fairly easy up until you get to the rocky area leading up to the Glass Lake. The trail can get a bit confusing when you get up there, but it’s still so worth the trip!

9 hours ago

One of my favorite RMNP hikes! It is 9 miles, not 8 as stated in the app.

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11 hours ago

Absolutely gorgeous views. Dream Lake is slightly prettier than Emerald Lake IMO. I'd recommend arriving at sunrise or a little earlier because this trail get ridiculously crowded. We started at around 7:45 AM on a weekday in July, and even that early it was very crowded going up. By the time we were coming down there were HOARDS of people. I've never seen such a crowded trail in my life. It's unfortunate because it really ruins the experience of being able to take in the natural beauty you will see on this hike.

this Trail is wonderful. The first one point five miles are very challenging and difficult. However they are in the forest so you're protected from the elements. For a considerable distance once you passed the tree line it is a wonderful Trail to walk on. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the summit. The weather was cloudy and it was incredibly cold, and it is very windy as everyone says. We did make it to Peak 12150. I would do this hike again no doubt. However the next time, I would go more prepared with the proper attire. While we were dressed in the appropriate coat and pant layering, the lack of a hat and gloves made it unbearable. I recommend all of these if you plan to take this hike. Far better to be able to remove them if its cold then to not have them at all. Again, I do plan to make the hike again, so that I can get to the summit of Mount Ida. It's a stunning hike and well worth every step.

Gorgeous trail, did this for our anniversary. It’s definitely more of a moderate hike. The elevation gain is so gradual up until the waterfall, we were able to power walk the whole thing with very little, short stops.

The waterfall wasn’t nearly bad as I thought, either. The scramble up is intimidating to look at, but just watch your step and wear good shoes and it’s totally manageable- There are practically stairs leading up the whole thing, nothing too precarious. I’m terrified of heights and only had one minor freak out LOL. For real though, not nearly as bad as you’d think, and the climb down was even easier. SO SO WORTH IT. This trail was gorgeous, and the colors have just began to change. Waterfalls, lakes, the river, forest and high elevation views. This trail has it all.

hiking
17 hours ago

Super challenging hike. Essentially 4 miles of stairs on the way up. Gets really windy when you hit the 1.7 remaining mark. Make sure to bring wind jacket, hat and gloves. First part is in the trees then you venture into the valley where it is super windy, once you get to the sign where it points to chasm lake or longs peak follow the trail to the left alongside of the mountain. First you will see peacock lake and continue until you see the chasm lake sign. Have to climb up a lot of rocks to get to chasm lake. Beautiful hike but definitely a challenge on the legs.

Easy day hike to one of the most magical lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. Get to the trail early to avoid parking hassle and tons of other hikers.

Would not rate this as difficult - more like a moderate trail. There isn't too much elevation gain. The only real gain you see are first at the switchbacks and then later on right before timberline falls, and up timberline falls. Other than that it is really mellow and virtually impossible to get lost. Great trail and very accessible to hikers of all ages. Please wear shoes with better grip than regular Nikes/gym shoes. Saw many people try to climb timberline falls in those and were slipping and sliding all over the place which makes it dangerous for yourself and everyone around you. So many good views on the way to sky pond. Get there before 7am on a saturday if you want to park at the trailhead. If you don't you will need to park at the lower lot and take the shuttle.

Great challenge. Pack layers. Views spectacular

My new favorite hike in RMNP!! Great place to see the aspens changing colors in September. The scramble at the end is a fun challenge. Don’t forget to continue on past the Lake of Glass, about 0.3mi past the scramble.

Great hike but take it to Odessa lake and finish the loop to Bear Lake

on Deer Mountain Trail

hiking
22 hours ago

Good hike for families. Beautiful views!

Great “warm up” for Emerald Lake! Great hike / almost all flat / beautiful views / very well maintained trails - loved it!

Great hike! Lakes were beautiful! We had packs with 16 month old twins in them so this trail, while labeled “easy”, was more than we expected. The way to Emerald Lake was uphill almost the entire time. The way back down was much easier since it was almost all downhill. Beautiful views! Very well maintained trail!
We arrived at 730a Saturday morning and the parking lot had just filled up. We went to Park and Ride and shuttle was just fine.

This was the most beautiful hike I did in Rocky Mountain n.p. Mills Lake and Jewel Lake are spectacular, however, don't give up and continue to the Black Lake. The last part of the trail is moderate to strenuous but Black Lake worth it!

on Lake Haiyaha

hiking
1 day ago

Lovely hike. Lake is beautiful.
Be patient if it is busy- the number of people lessens after a mile.

Absolutely worth the hike. Our watches clocked it in at around 9.5 miles though. We are fit runners from the flat land and it wasn’t a problem. Take your time and really enjoy the views on this hike. Took us 5 hours. Parking was an issue as the road was already closed so figure an alternate way to get there.

Moderate hike especially the first 1 1/2. Stop to see all the different Vally views on the way up. Once on top, enjoy the great views of Estes Park. Good for a 3 to 4 hour hike.

hiking
1 day ago

Great view

Be there before sunrise to experience the AlpenGlow.

The reviews below cover just about everything. If you are worried about the scramble up the waterfall, stay to the right, take your time and bring some microspikes. They will help immensely. Especially now that it's getting colder. The short jaunt passed the steep steps to the waterfall was icy.

Hard hike, but the views are incredible. It was VERY cold up at the lake. Also saw a male moose on the way back down.

Fun hike. Very much worth it to continue up to sky pond

Great hike. Very serene up at sky lake

The is our favorite hike! It’s challenging, beautiful and chalked full of wildlife. We saw about 20 Elk, 6 deer and our bonus for getting to fern lake was 2 moose right at the mouth of the lake. Parking was limited so we added about 2 miles to our trek. All said and done we hiked 10 miles and enjoyed every minute!

love this hike. the views are amazing! my husband and I loved it.

Good hike. Cold and windy at sky pond, so be sure to pack a jacket

hiking
2 days ago

Nice hike with great views. Fun rock scramble at the end right before chasm lake.

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