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easy fun hike with good views! I went during the sunset. took a few breaks but otherwise quick hike.

trail running
1 day ago

Super well-marked, fun trail to run. The elevation gain is gradual enough that it's a good workout, but not killer. Trail is really rocky in some sections, though, which makes running a little more hazardous, but not impossible.

walking
2 days ago

Nice one mile loop walk. Good views of the front range. Picnic and facilities with a Visitor Centre.

went further today!!

on Emerald Lake Trail

3 days ago

I tried to go there today but the road is closed during government shutdown

hiking
3 days ago

A very nice trail to start of 2019. Nice views at the top of the trail. Great photo ops.

Beautiful views! Bring some micro spikes because the top has some pretty icy spots right now.

Great hike! Beautiful views throughout this short hike near Boulder. Hop over to Instagram @2_Summit_Up or my website here2summitup.wordpress.com to see more pictures of this awesome adventure.

It’s pretty, but if you’re not into touristy, I’d stray.

on Coyote Ridge Trail

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike for winter! Beautiful views with lots of warm sun. No dogs, but fun for kids on bikes. Little steep at times but overall great for the entire fam!

on Left Hand Trail

trail running
10 days ago

I ran this in the summer initially north-to-south, connecting to additional trails on the south end. Like many other trails, there is almost no shade. was kind of muddy as I recall and has a marshy part in the middle. There are tons of prairie dog holes especially on the north end. There are lots of warnings for rattlesnakes once you exit the trail on the south end. I probably won't be back here anytime soon.

trail running
10 days ago

If you have bad knees, I would advise avoiding this trail. It is extremely rocky after the initial part. The elevation gain is about 1000 feet, and so it was slow going for me. Also, there were a lot of mountain bikers that I had to yield to. But this is a good challenge with the elevation and rockiness. I went about 3 miles in, so all of the Wapiti Trail and the west side of the loop up to the highest point before going back. There is decent shade after the initial rise, but not many good views.

great day. Busy but, good. I will be back.☺

No dogs allowed. Easy enough hike with decent views. Better hikes that allow my dog though.

Missed this hike for 17 years driving from FOCO to RMNP... Great hike with rolling hills and great rock formations.
My bride of 37 years & I thoroughly enjoyed this "walk in the park!"

Easy and beautiful hike! My boyfriend and I had a great time.

snowshoeing
14 days ago

The snow on the trail is packed so it is easily visible although completely covered. Trail is not overly difficult and the views along the way are spectacular.

trail running
14 days ago

it is one of my favorite trails and the prairie dogs are sooo cute

Fun bit of exploring. Read the signs about the historic hotel site . . . Colorado's history is fascinating.

Great little trail with nice views

Spikes required in winter, but the trail has plenty of traffic that snowshoes are probably overkill. Lovely even in winter. Arrive super early, the line for parking when we left was outrageous.

hiking
16 days ago

My last hike of the year. My first time on this trail, and I was impressed. The climb was not real steep, and for those spots that were steep, benches were available here and there on the trail to rest a moment. Arriving at 10am on a cold morning had a fairly empty parking lot. Which tells me early arrival in warmer months is probably well advised.

Made this hike right before Christmas and there was no snow and very few ice patches. Trail was busy with lots of people and dogs. In speaking to the ranger there has been mountain lion signs and sightings. During warmer months there are lots of snakes including rattlesnake. Will do this hike again.

Well maintained trail. Gets icy so pack your micro spikes. The brass rattle snake near the trailhead is unsettling when you accidentally sit next to it. Easy trail to get to from the boulder area.

hiking
23 days ago

Completed this in part with Dream lake. Really slippery and busy. We arrived at trailhead lot a little before 7 and it was half full. When we were done, there was a line about a half mile long with cars waiting to get in.

snowshoeing
24 days ago

Nice little hike any time of year, just be prepared with snowshoes if a fresh snow or spikes during winter time.

Good low-country hike, already ice on the trail so microspikes are useful. Nice views of the continental divide from the top, especially if you go up to the left on a small offshoot from the loop after the designated lookout. Interesting little hotel structures left from about 100 years ago!

hiking
27 days ago

Hey Guys,

This was a pretty amazing trip. Although it cannot compete with my June 2017 trip I took with family and a real close friend.

Today, I left Estes Park near 9am and arrived at the trail head shortly after to a parking lot of maybe 10 cars and 20 degrees most of the trip. The road up to the trail head had some really good ice patches so just watch your speed.

I did not need to use my snow shoes or micro spikes along any part of the journey. I did use my trek poles which may have offset the need for my spikes. I did post hole in a few places, but nothing bad.

Even for twenty degrees is was really nice and I saw quite a few people along the way. If you plan on going all the way to Emerald Lake, please have the right shoes and not jeans. I saw so many people in sweatpants and jeans where the leg portion from the knee down look as if it was beginning to freeze. You may feel warm as you are moving but once you stop, you will feel the pain.

There are quite a few places to rent snow shoes, gaiters and poles close by. I’ve rented from Estes Park Mountain Shop before and really enjoyed the service. Whether you go here or another place, the rentals are decent prices and will save you some heartache.

For Nymph Lake:

If you are traveling further than Nymph Lake, then you will probably be walking across the icy lake at some point. If you go the way I did, you could lose the actual trail. If you do cross to the left like I did, yes it is shorter but you lose site of the trail. Well here is a TIP. When you cross the left side, look for a bench to your right. The trail is easily marked beyond this and you can follow it up to the main trail leading to Dream Lake. I included a photo of the bench in this from August 2017 from Google Maps.

Dream Lake:

I skirted around the shore of this lake as the trail is unrecognizable here. Also going around the shore on the ice is pretty relaxing and level. Once I got to the end of Dream Lake, I easily spotted the trail continuing to Emerald Lake. Although as you are walking along the lake’s edge you can see the walls of the mountain ahead of you and really think you are at the end on the lake and cannot believe there is one more lake. Well there is!!

Emerald Lake:

The end of the road. I took a walk to the middle of the lake and took a really fun 360 degree photo using an app called “Street View” by google. A really cool way to take photos anywhere. I would hope that you practice using the app at home prior to trying it out in nature, 20 degrees and wind whipping though at times.

Have a fun and safe trip. Remember to hydrate before your trip even though the colder temperatures fool you into thinking you are fine. If hiking alone, let someone know where you will be and don’t deviate from the plan useless they know.

Also, there is sporadic cell service here.

I walked this trail 12/17/18 and it’s a beautiful trail. The trail was snow packed with patches of ice but easily trekked.

Patches of ice (Dec 18) but I was fine with hiking boots. Trekking poles or YakTracks would be helpful. I've done this hike many times. Enjoy it everytime!

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