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een prachtige wandeling. geweldige vergezichten. wel veel klimmen maar het is het zeker waard.

hiking
1 day ago

Although this is definitely a crowded hike, the magnificent views around every turn made it worth it! All three lakes were beautiful. We made it to the Park & Ride area (on a Tuesday) about 10am and luckily found one of the last parking spots.

I do see everyone saying this is an easy hike. It is easy in that it has a well maintained path and is easy to follow. However, it is mostly stairs and uphill! So if you have bad knees or are out of shape, keep that in mind. This is not a “stroll along a path” type of easy. If you are a flat lander or from sea level, be mindful that stairs plus elevation will tire you out quickly. We saw all ages and shapes and sizes of people taking this hike and a lot were struggling. Take rests on the way up - no harm in resting and taking in the views! I recommend plenty of water and hiking shoes. Leave the flips flops at home and be prepared for high winds at Emerald Lake.

on Emerald Lake Trail

1 day ago

Gorgeous trail! The leaves are changing! Beautiful views along the way, it was very peaceful. Went today with my husband. I think it helped (as far as foot traffic) to be here on a weekday and also that we started a little after 5 pm—we only saw a handful of people. It was an awesome early evening hike for our first day here at RNMP!

We had a great time on this relatively easy trek. Trail mix fell into the Lake but we were able to retrieve it, and stayed dry in the smoothie container. But soooo many people in rmnp we will look for other places or maybe go once the weather detours most

hiking
1 day ago

It's a great place for Astro Photography....when it's clear. I got up there around 4:30AM on sunday and had plenty of time to get some shots before the sunrise. Then I had the park to myself for a couple of hours to get photographs without people. There were Elk and Beavers about.

Probably the most rewarding easy hike suitable for the entire family in the park. My 3 year old daughter was able to do the majority of the hike on her own short of a few steep stretches towards the end. With about 0.9 miles between each of the three lakes on the trail, it makes for regular breaks and helps keep everyone motivated for the next stop. Each lake offers something a bit different with all having a slightly different appeal. Great hike to share with new visitors of all abilities and a perfect entry level hike to RMNP.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trails and views on the way to Dream Lake and then Emerald Lake... get there early as I had to use the park and ride at 7:00 am but it was very quick and free.

backpacking
2 days ago

Saw a bull moose on this trail and wonderful views go in the fall !

Beautiful trail, well maintained and gorgeous views throughout the whole hike. I would say it is more of an easy hike than a moderate, although the altitude coupled with a lot of stair climbing towards the end did take my breath away a few times (as someone who is used to 800ft above sea level, this is a big change for me).

We arrived to the trail head around 7:30am on a Friday morning and the parking lot was only about 25% full. The hike up was not crowded at all but it was getting significantly busier on the way down. I would suggest starting at 7.

Easy hike from Bear Lake. Amazing views along the way.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful hike. Well worth it!

Easy and short hike. A lot of people in the trail, but the trail is large enough to make your way in front of others. Nice lakes.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike! The aspens are starting to change which made for good sight seeing and of course it’s rutting season, so lots of wildlife in the park. Crowded on the weekend but that’s always to be expected.

Was a fun hike with a beautiful lake! At the time I went the water was cold but clear!

Beautiful and easy hike. Amazing in the fall.

hiking
5 days ago

I loved this trail; I was there with the GirlTrek StressProtest weekend. Took awhile to get used to the altitude.... I’m from Southeastern PA.... but it was worth it for the gorgeous scenery & wonderful fresh air.

Beautiful hike with amazing aspen colors (went 9/14). The hike to Dream Lake was really mild, then it’s just lots of stairs to get to Emerald Lake, completely worth it! Definitely the best lake you pass of the four. The only reason this is getting 4/5 is because of the crowds. Even on a weekend it’s super busy, not everyone knows Trail etiquette so some people never let anyone pass. Finding parking can also be a hassle. There is a shuttle available from other lots.
The hike itself is awesome, the popularity while understandable is not ideal.

This walk is great for any experience of hiker. The lake is beautiful & today the colors around the lake were great. There were a lot of people on the trail today also. Very busy trail.

hiking
6 days ago

We loved this hike! The colors were brilliant today, the hike is a little steep but so worth it. The falls at the end are spectacular!

hiking
7 days ago

started from bear lake to lake haiyaha to alberta falls to glacier gorge shuttle stop. don’t get me wrong, the hike was beautiful, just didn’t find the falls too impressive. maybe it would have been different if i looped the other way?

on Alberta Falls Trail

hiking
7 days ago

The first attempt to hike this trail was Monday afternoon but we were asked to turn around because the parking was full. The second attempt was more successful . We went Tuesday morning at 6:30am. We had parking a plenty. The trail was lovely and the grand finale, Emerald Lake, was spectacular. It took at 3.5 hours at a brisk 33 min/mile pace keeping in mind the down is faster than the up.

hiking
8 days ago

Wonderful trail with breath taking views and easily trekked as my 79 year old mother in law had no problem hiking from trail head to Emerald Lake and back.

hiking
8 days ago

We did this hike today from Bear Lake. Lots of pedestrian traffic on the way up. The lake is beautiful. Had to climb over lots of rocks for an older couple, but worth it. Took the trail over to the MillsLake:/Loch trail and down to Alberta Falls. A great loop hike!

walking
8 days ago

This is not a real hike. Good for those with little kids. I went super early to catch the sunrise and ended up seeing two moose (cow and calf). That was amazing, but before that I ran into a loud and obnoxious group of college kids there for the "gram". That was very annoying. If you go be respectful of the stillness especially in the early morning hours.

hiking
8 days ago

We did this hike on the way back from Emerald Lake, and it was a great add on. To do it on it's own would not be as good as Emerald Lake, which is along the shore of Dream Lake all the way and so is scenic for pretty much the entire hike. That said, I really liked Lake Haiyaha. It's different and I think even a little bit prettier than Emerald Lake. And if you do it on the way back from Emerald Lake it gives you a nice little 5 mile hike that is really fun and beautiful.

hiking
8 days ago

Love this trail! Really beautiful the whole way along Dream Lake, and a great introduction to hiking for kids, because it's not too difficult. We added a side trip to Lake Haiyaha on the way back to make it about 5 miles, and that makes it a really nice little day hike. Lake Haiyaha was also beautiful, and different, with a steeper assent, so you get a little more exercise. Loved it!

9 days ago

Nice easy walk for any age, lots of ducks on lake.

Great trail for any age, well maintained & beautiful views of mountains!

hiking
10 days ago

Good spot! Pretty easy and heavily trafficked but worth seeing the waterfall!

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