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Amazing hike! Trail was a little bit icy, we hiked mid October

hiking poles and spikes are a must this time of the year with frozen trail on about 90% of the way. though regret not having brought my ski gloves and pants as i was digging in over 2 ft of snow in some areas last week, but the views were well worth the challenge. good thing about hiking this time of the year is bears are asleep and you just need to hike up and slide all the way back down! ;) go easy and enjoy

hiking
16 hours ago

We were celebrating our ten year anniversary and decided to try out this hike that was supposed to be fairly easy. I have a shoulder injury and a bad back so this hike felt slightly more moderate to me. But it was my first time hiking as well so I didn’t know what to expect. I left the mountain telling my husband it was one of the best days of my life. Next to the Grand Canyon it absolutely was the most magnificent view. Definitely hike all the way up if you can. The last part of the hike between dream lake and emerald lake was lots of stairs which was the hardest part. But even with the snow and ice it was not so bad with lots of breaks. The path is well maintained and as mentioned there’s lots of friends to meet along the way. If you can go when the snow is on the trees then do it. It truly was breathtaking and we didn’t have any problems with the wind at all so we must have gotten lucky. Happy hiking!

Today it was pretty icy at parts, but definitely worth it. We survived in regular tennis shoes with a couple slips here and there. The views were incredible, both of the mountains at large and all the lakes you come across. Highly recommend going early in the morning as the trail traffic was pretty high and only seemed more crowded as we were leaving.

This trail has amazing views of the mountains and multiple lakes along the way. It was a bit slippery but once your muscles get used to it, it isn't too bad.

Nice quick hike. Nothing special but you’re out in nature.

Took Jacob and Garrett. Beautiful views!

Nice short stroll worth doing after you wear yourself out on the more challenging hikes in the area. Beautiful lake. The kids enjoyed running from marker to marker along the trail.

Fantastic hike with awesome views. Perfect length for a good workout, yet not to strenuous. Great for families!

The trail was pretty icy and snowy, but our hiking boots worked just fine. If you have spikes or hiking poles I recommend bringing them along. The view at the top was definitely worth the climb. The water pump at the trailhead was closed down, so make sure to fill up waters beforehand.

Nice warmup for the other trails at this trailhead. Easy walk around the lake, quite busy.

hiking
2 days ago

Recent snow made the trail slushy and icy but the views were worth the challenge! Bring hiking poles and maybe splurge on some spikes and you’ll be fine!

This is a lovely hiking and MTB trail. I had no issues sharing the trail with bikers as they were all very friendly and courteous. The views down the valley are gorgeous, especially in morning light. The Wapiti/Ponderosa/Wild Turkey Trail loop was easy/mod with sure footing and well-kept trails. I came across two handsome 8 point bucks on the north side. Nice views of Meeker and Longs Peak. Plentiful parking and vault toilets at the trail head. A real gem!

Simple, Easy, trail for anyone to do!
Peaceful views on the lake.

Loved the winter wonderland walk today, everything was snow covered. I'd recommend Microspikes for the boots, but you can easily do it without.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful day on the trail on 10/14. Lots of fresh powder came in overnight. Some areas were quite icy, but it was very manageable if you come prepared and aren't hiking in sneakers. We saw less than 10 people total during our 3 hours out. Views were limited by the snow clouds, but it was still spectacular!

mountain biking
7 days ago

Fun & relatively easy trail! Also, don't miss Eden Valley Spur trail.

trail running
7 days ago

It was pretty busy today. There were lots of dog walkers. The weather was great right before the snowfall expected tonight. Terrain was pretty easy - an occasional big rock jutting from the trail but not bad. Great views though!

Awesome hike great views along the way and is challenging hike. Steady elevation to the top. Reward on the way down,plus you can view the Continental divide view! Highly recommended this one!

It was beautiful but very icy! The whole trail was nothing but ice. Need some yak tracks and hiking poles. Went on 10/12 and it was very crowded on the way back down. Worth the views but definitely would wait until the summer to do it again.

For someone from Indiana this was definitely more moderate than easy.

[See my photos marked "October 12, 2018"]
Idled on road for 20 minutes waiting to get into parking lot. VERY crowded today. Five stars is for restroom facilities, trailhead area, and railing on trail. Unfortunately the trail itself was so slick with ice that we didn't make it to the lake. One member of our party slipped and fell almost immediately on the trail, so we turned around and went back to our car. Trekking poles and/or Yaktrax (microspikes, not chain) would help immeasurably on this trail under the current conditions. It might not be so bad at noontime when the top layer is softened up a bit. Our attempt was at 5 p.m. and the trail was iced over.

hiking
8 days ago

Gorgeous views! The journey was through snow and ice for the entire hike. Would recommend traction and waterproof shoes. Sunny and clear Friday oct 12 when we hiked but very windy, especially at the edge of the lakes!

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike as expected but extremely windy! We started around 8:30 and the parking lot was pretty empty. Def would recommend wearing micro spikes because a good portion of the trail is very icy and also waterproof shoes! The wind was blowing so hard at Dream Lake I was sliding across the ice! It was pretty with the snow but hard to see the mountains. The trial was very crowded on our way back down so still would recommend going early.

hiking
9 days ago

It was pretty chilly, but still beautiful! Took us about 3 hours with a lot of photo stops. Unfortunately we couldn’t see much of the mountains, but we got some pretty amazing photos of snow-laden trees being reflected in the waters. It was by far the busiest trail that we did all weekend, I can’t imagine what it would be like during peak season! We went early (around 8am) and didn’t have issues with parking. The lot was filled by the time we got back

on Emerald Lake Trail

hiking
10 days ago

One of my favorite hikes ever, even with the crowds. A must see during winter, too!

easy and beautiful

Would do this again.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice trail - moderately difficult. A lot of small rocks, so be sure to wear good shoes. Conditions today were very foggy so couldn't see the continental divide. The switchbacks were nice because you could see where you started from with each level. One section that wasn't very well marked was around the wooden bridge. Be sure to take the bridge and don't go towards the left which puts you under some metal bunker looking object and then into a very rocky section.

No rattlesnakes seen today, was probably way too cold / no sun for them.

Great trail!! The dogs loved it, and me and my friend loved it. It was not far outside of Loveland. And like others have said, it is pretty rocky the farther you go. Like big red rock slabs! This is a super dusty walk though..just FYI. I really enjoyed myself though.. it was a nice incline and not too crazy. Everyone was respectful and nice.

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