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Very short and easy. Short hike for end of day to avoid the crowd.

moderate hike with beautiful views and waterfalls.

hiking
1 day ago

really lovely trail, not very challenging but nice views!

hiking
1 day ago

It’s a fun hike up to the lake with tons to see on the way. Dream Lake was our favorite part of the hike - absolutely gorgeous, we felt at point like we’d stepped into a lord of the rings movie. I agree the trail is moderate depending on the person. We hiked it pretty quickly but there were a couple parts that got a little steep. It’s partially paved or there are rock steps pretty much the whole way though. Great hike and would do it again! We got there early around 7am and it was not too crowded at all - go early.

Great wide path around the lake. No hills, super flat. Gorgeous scenery. We went at 6:30am on a Sunday and were one of a few people there. Great time to go before the crowds.

hiking
1 day ago

Very pretty hike with good elevation gain, but huge crowds...

Beautiful, easy, hike! Got there around 9AM and it was extremely crowded the whole time. However, the views and lakes truly are incredible.

Awesome trail! some incredible views. Took about four hours at a relatively quick pace stopping in a few locations along the way and taking some of the small pocket trails during the hike. Even saw a mother dear and baby deer and they just stood there eating while I videoed them.
A couple of steeper parts that will work your legs a bit but nothing too technical or complicated, unless you want to climb up on top of some of the larger formations at the top and along the way.
Make sure you bring some water and energy bar.

Very easy and beautiful. Keep walking for more of a challenge and an even better view.

Short hike but if u move quickly it is a good workout. Lake was quiet, no wildlife making an intro.

Amazing trail with plenty of water view and river trail!

Was warned about the crowds, so we left the Bear Lake parking lot at 6:45 AM. Hike was peaceful and spectacular. We stopped 3-4 times to catch our breath. We hiked at a modest pace and finished in two hours.

Beautiful hike... Well-marked and easy to follow. It will fall between easy to moderately-difficult depending on the person. The last bit of the trail leading up to Emerald Lake is the most challenging portion: a steep incline with LOTS of stairs. Dream Lake and Emerald Lake are breathtaking and well worth it, though. I gave it four stars because of how heavily trafficked it was. If you are looking for a peaceful wilderness experience... this may not be the choice for you. Lots of people, loud voices, and cell phones at every turn.

easy hike for the kiddos....we actually preferred these falls over Alberta!

So beautiful

Beautiful scenery at every turn, and very, very crowded. I would rate this hike as Easy-Moderate. Half the trail is literally paved and the second half is well maintained stair steps. Our 5 year old tackled this with no problems.

took our young children and really enjoyed it! challenging but doable for them. plenty of shade and places to stop. breathtaking scenery.

Crowded, but beautiful. Enjoyed the beauty!

Amazing scenery! Great for beginners

Super busy, great sights. Start early

Definitely gets full of traffic early, and make sure everyone uses the restroom before you park; the restrooms at the entrance are the most disgusting things I’ve ever walked in and then immediately out of.

Beautiful views along the entire walk!

Great route not to be missed if visiting area. Stay hydrated, especially if not used to altitudes.

Up and down

Gorgeous! Hike is moderate with trails easily marked. We saw many elk along the way. We took the shuttle from town because we arrived later in the day and couldn’t park at Big Bear of transfer station...they were full. It was a very pleasant drive up to the hike...and we could both admire the scenery!

This trail felt like walking through a fairy tail. Just too perfect. We arrived at 4:30, after the crowds were leaving; but the trail was still swamped with people. Completely worth the crowds. Just magical.

My girlfriend and I loved it! If you’re looking for water falls there were none this time of year (August) took is 6.9 Miles to do the whole thing

mountain biking
5 days ago

August 18, mountain bikes the trail with my 13 year old. We loved the trail, absolutely beautiful and fun. We are from Michigan so this was definitely different than what we are use too. It was a blast and I would recommend it to anyone.

hiking
5 days ago

WE ARE GOING AGAIN! Do I need to say more. Great trail. VERY busy, but that is to be expected in RMNP. The trail gets warm by midmorning so start early.

very nice easy trail. Not a lot of shade but great views of the lake.

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