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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
10 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.

hiking
23 hours ago

This is a nice, wide trail with not much elevation gain that I hiked on Thursday. It was really icy on the trail so wear good hiking boots and I’d recommend trekking poles too. I didn’t have poles and slid around a lot!! Still a pretty hike to a big open meadow. Think if it hadn’t been for the ice, I’d enjoyed it a lot more.

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
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!

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!

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.

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
9 days ago

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

Easy walk with nice views of the surrounding mountains. This is a good way to end the day at the park.

hiking
13 days ago

The trail can be a bit steep at first but is a solid workout and journey into the woods. Not many views as you are deep in the forest but totally worth it.

hiking
16 days ago

Yes, this is an absurdly popular hike, but that is for a very good reason. The views are just absolutely spectacular, and you get an awful lot of scenic beauty for relatively little effort. The whole thing is uphill, but it is not bad at all. In fact, you are doing it wrong if you zip through it, you should really stop frequently and just enjoy the amazing views that await around almost every corner. We did it on a weekday in October, hitting the trail head about 8:30 and that was definitely about as late as you want to arrive. The way out was fairly uncrowded, but the later part of the way back was just nuts. Near the end, we probably passed 100 people headed towards where we had just come from. It is easily the busiest trail I've ever been on, and as it starts to fill up, you get the more casual hikers, including loud teenagers, the families with lots of kids yelling etc. that really detracts from the serenity of the experience. We got to enjoy most of the hike, but had we started at 10AM I think we would have hated it. So this is one where you should start by about 7:30 if you want to avoid feeling like you went to Disneyland instead of RMNP. But don't let the crowds deter you, just start early.

hiking
16 days ago

This trail and the ute trail are probably my two favorite trails ever. this trail is actually called the tundra communities trail. it has some beautiful rock/quartz formations but the best thing about it is being level with the clouds and watch the clouds roll over the weird landscape. its super eerie and beautiful. the moss and tundra plant beds are also beautiful and unique. its so colorful up close. its not a difficult trail but be prepared for the high altitude air if you arent used to it go slow stop and look around and enjoy the surroundings.

So amazing, but the wind almost blew my trailface off! Cray cray! Don't forget a jacket

One of our favorite hikes. Lots of people and parking sucks, but hike is wonderful!

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful views and lakes!

Horseshit. Literally everywhere. Here is a serious question. Why does the National Park Service ban pets (leashed or not), but allow horses on trails? The impact pets make to park trails while leashed is miniscule compared to the loads of dung and raping of grasslands that horses make. All so their fat ass owners don't have to breath hard. And yes I saw those horses feeding on that big meadow, stepped around their huge fresh piles and verified that their owners were indeed very fat. Also verified that their horse trailer and truck took up a quarter of the parking space. All for the pleasure if two fat asses. /rant over.

This was a gorgeous hike! 3 awesome, unique lakes on a less than 4-mile out and back trail

camping
21 days ago

Get there early! Lots of people by about 7-8am (Aug. 20th). The trails were fine, limited sub-trail routes to deviate to without feeling like you’re damaging the surroundings. The landscape was beautiful. Glacier Basin was a nice place to camp and was close enough to Emerald Lake, some neat wildlife, and Alpine Peak.

Easy flat trails, offers great views of the Never Summer Wilderness range just beyond the valley. We went in the afternoon after doing Timber Lake in the morning, this was great after a strenuous hike but did not offer much wildlife due to the timing of day. Suggest dusk or dawn to see wildlife, nice trail nonetheless.

Easy, short little hike, very popular, so there were lots of people. Well-maintained trails. You can clearly see why it’s named Emerald Lake based on the color of the water. Beautiful!

Beautiful short hike. Not difficult at all, amazing views.

hiking
23 days ago

Short day hike with heavy traffic going out and not so bad coming back. For as much use trail is in excellent condition.

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