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hiking
3 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!

10/20/18 Hiked up to lost lake. Awesome trail. The trail up to the lake was mostly snow and ice.

hiking
4 hours ago

Nice moderate hike with plenty of lakes and streams- although as a result probably not ideal during mud season... jasper lake was frozen but still beautiful.

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.

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.

hiking
1 day 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!

Get there early for parking unless you feel like adding some extra steps your hike. Along the street parking in designated areas.

Definitely need some YakTracks for most of the hike as of 10/13 (especially coming down.)

Mostly uphill until you get to the lake. Bring some snacks and extra jackets for the wind. Beautiful hike!

Just a heads up the road to Brainard Lake is closed for the season as of 10/15 so you have to park at the winter lot and hike the 2.5ish miles to the trailhead.

As of 10/16 the gate was closed before the fee station which adds about 5 miles RT to any hike you plan to do. The road has some snow/ice but also has large dry stretches. Once you get near the Mitchell Lake TH you will be on snow the whole time. The trail is packed down for most of the way. I brought microspikes and snowshoes. Never put the spikes on, but snowshoes were very helpful once I got about 1/4 mile below Blue Lake. Was glad to have gaiters and waterproof boots. Beautiful hike.

Incredible experience! Dress warm and wear shoes for winter conditions. $11 FEE. This hike is full of captivating views of towering mountains and frozen lakes. 4.9/5!

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Beautiful hike with small waterfalls along the way. Make sure to bundle up and wear spikes if you’ have them. The lake is picturesque. Pack a lunch and stay awhile...you’ll be glad you did!

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!

A bunch of moose, a bunch of lakes

Microspikes are pretty much necessary as of 10/13/18. Fun trail and beautiful lake!

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.

Moderate to easy hike, Blue lake is gorgeous! Snow and ice on much of the trail now. Cold and windy at top, but worth the work.

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

This was a beautiful hike with varying difficulty in the trail throughout and lots of beautiful views along the way. we didn't make it to glacier lake but lake Isabelle was great!

hiking
7 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!

Solid hike, not too hard and great views.

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

hiking
9 days ago

This trail can get crowded on weekends, but if you're able to get up here on a weekday it's easily a 5/5 hike.

on Emerald Lake Trail

hiking
9 days ago

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

We do a lot of hiking in Colorado, and for my entire family this is our favorite. It is extremely easy, and just shockingly beautiful the entire way. I can't think of a better place for a hike. We went on a Wednesday, arrived at the park about 7:05 in the morning, and there were only two parking places left. Arriving early and bug spray are both a must!

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful! Nice fall hike featuring some golden aspens and a couple waterfalls. In the early morning it was a misty hike through a cloud, which I thought made the whole experience even cooler.

This was a great hike!
I tried to reach little blue lake but I could not find the trail for the life of me. After about 1mile of pushing on towards little blue lake I gave up, my dog was not happy with all the small boulders and snow causing us to fall a lot.
Otherwise I would do it again in the spring when everything is green

Incredible views. Bring layers. Very windy by the lake

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