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Beautiful.

This trail is awesome because it gives people who can't hike to some of the other mountain lakes a chance to see one almost just as good. This trail is wheelchair accessible. The lake is beautiful and it is a great place to hike. The trail also connects to a large loop that connects several mountain lakes. You don't want to miss this one.

hiking
12 hours ago

Listed well as a moderate hike. The views were breathtaking, and there are plenty of areas to stop and rest, if needed. As already mentioned, arrive very early (around 7AM) or later in the afternoon (after 5) to avoid the crowd and find parking. Definitely a hiking must for anyone visiting or in the area!

It was amazing! Very well marked trail. The lakes are evenly spaced out so you hike a little, then see a beautiful lake, hike a little more, see another one, and then hike a little further and you’re lead to the grand finally. Definitely recommend! Very rewarding!

hiking
1 day ago

As a first timer to the Rockies this was a nice easy introduction to the park, but start early to avoid high traffic. Arrived at trailhead around 6:30 on Saturday 7/14 and lot was half full. If you want more challenge and a more beautiful scenic lake, take the trail to Lake Haiyaha where the trail splits at Dream Lake, either after Dream or coming back from Emerald. The views going up are more breathtaking and more iconic than what you would see going to Emerald.

Gorgeous views. Easy half mile hike. Perfect for kids.

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.

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!

Crowded but so beautiful. Not much of a hike at all.

on Emerald Lake Trail

hiking
2 days ago

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

Easy to moderate, gets your muscles working but nothing too strenuous. Maybe not the best for young children in some parts for inexperienced/non-local people like myself but still doable!

A quick and easy walk. I’d recommend doing this as a cool down from the Emerald Lake Trail.

hiking
3 days ago

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

hiking
3 days 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!

hiking
3 days ago

Easy, busy, but beautiful for sure

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

hiking
4 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!

Great day hike with incredible views at the top!

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.

hiking
7 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 little hike. Since it's off the 3 lake loop from Bear Lake trail head, make sure to get there early. No idea why this isn't as popular a stop on that loop because it's much prettier than the other lakes, but that might be a good thing! Each time I've hiked this, it's been fairly quiet and empty however I've noticed a lot more climbers with their huge mats blocking up the trail recently, so be careful on the narrow parts and let them pass first. A little steep in some parts, and you will have to climb over boulders to see the full lake, but it's completely worth it. One of my favorite lakes!

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.

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