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We rented spikes which allowed us to truly trek thru the snow with ease — highly recommend. We didn’t make it to Emerald Lake because the sun was setting soon (starts a bit after 5pm in November) but Dream Lake was a real beauty!

Did this today 11/9. The trail was quite busy. It had ALOT of snow!!!! In my opinion, the trail was not clearly marked. We were confused which direction to go couple times but the sceneries to the lake were gorgeous. The lake was frozen and it was sooooo windy.

trail running
14 days ago

Fun trail. Good grade for trail running, but there can be crowds. Was lucky enough to catch a rainbow on my run.

hiking
15 days ago

Gorgeous hike in to the mountain passing some lakes. It's now very snowy and icy, but it's a fun hike to do!

walking
16 days ago

I have been up here several times. Fun in winter. Trail can be run most winter days with just Yaktrax. The snow will be very packed down from the heavy snowshoer usage.

trail running
17 days ago

10/29/18 Beautiful trail. There were some icy spots but not too bad. Was able to run most of the trail, but ended up stopping several times to take in the waterfalls.

Gorgeous

absolutely beautiful!

hiking
23 days ago

The views are stunning!!! Such a great hike I can’t wait to go again!

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful hike. Not very difficult with lots of great views. If you keep going past Dream Lake you will end at Emerald Lake which is work the extra .7 miles! We also had a baby with us (10 months) and he loved it as well. Highly recommend!

hiking
26 days ago

Love

Great hike! 85% of the trail was ice covered. Make sure you pack some crampons!

Awesome views and loved that you can such great scenery within a few miles hike.

hiking
27 days ago

If you make it this far, it’s a no brainer to go all the way to emerald lake. The lake is frozen over but still beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is beautiful. The day we went, it had snowed earlier in the week, then partially melted, then absolutely deep-freeze froze, then it was super slippery. Our group could not continue to Emerald due to the slow ascent and descent. Those who had some sort of trail traction blazed past us, safely and not really impacted. Do yourself a favor and go get yourself 1 pair for you and 1 for your ill-prepared friend, so that you both can blaze up and down the trail. You don't have to get them from Amazon; buy locally if you want, but they are less than $20/pair and essentially make a difference of whether or not you can hike that day. https://www.amazon.com/Yaktrax-Walk-Traction-Cleats-Walking/dp/B01LJ6FX3C And each of my kids is getting a pair for Chrismas this year. Lesson learned.

hiking
1 month ago

You will need snowshoes for the last 2 or 3 miles after the Sunday storm. Close to lion lake, snow was at least 3 feet deep. We had to break the trail after junction between Lion and Thunder lakes.

This has taken the top spot for my favorite hike in RMNP.. We hiked it on Oct. 9th. The Ranger Station there has been closed for the season for several weeks now. Decent size parking lot but even with the cold, snowy, slushy conditions there were quite a few cars there and people on the trail. We did not need our spikes this time. The scenery is breathtaking under fresh snow. Copeland Falls is .4 miles in. Take the side trail to lower falls and follow it to upper Falls. There, you can connect back to the main trail. About another mile or so is Calypso Cascades. The trail gets a little steeper from here up to Ouzel. When you reach Ouzel, walk to the left side before the bridge down by the big rock and step out to the right to get a better view of the top of the Falls. You can’t see if from the bridge. We read about the trail up to the top of the Falls but weather conditions did not permit us to locate it. We took our time going up and MANY photo stops. Ascended in about 2 hrs 20 min. Hung at Ouzel long enough to eat a bite of lunch (it was really cold) then descended in about 50 min.
Loved every minute of it.

It’s not an easy trail for me, an incline hike all the way to the lake. We went in the afternoon, so it was less crowded. What a beautiful and tranquil
place to see!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Upper and lower Copeland Falls are a short easy hike less than half a mile in. Calypso Cascades is about 2 miles in and is slightly more uphill. Both are beautiful!! We arrived at the trailhead about 3:30pm and there were several spots to park. If you hike past Calypso Cascades about another mile you'll find Ouzel Falls. Much steeper and took about another hour up. Beautiful!! Took us about 3.5 hours round trip.

the trail is well built and maintained. a little slope but good for even beginners. be careful of the high altitude dizzy

walking
1 month ago

GO TO @2_SUMMIT_UP on Instagram to learn more about the Dream Lake Trail (picture blog) Dream Lake is one of the most beautiful short hikes I have ever witnessed. Breathtaking view after breathtaking view. My blog here2summitup.wordpress.com provides a sample of what you can expect on this hike

hiking
1 month ago

If you like mountain streams, this is the hike. Actual
Hiking time to Ouzel Falls and back was a shade over 4 hours. We spent another 90 minutes enjoying the views and talking to people. My wife and I are 52 and walking poles a good idea for this trail. You will need them to go to the top of the Ouzel Falls. You can get really close to where the falls spill over the mountain. We were there on a Tuesday in late September. Main parking lot was 80 pct full. Very popular.

hiking
1 month ago

Very cool falls.. had lunch on a big rock on a beautiful day.

Keep hiking to emerald lake!!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, pretty vertical but worth it for the views at the lake.

1 month ago

Continued here after hiking Bear Lake, Alberta Falls, Loch Lake, Timberline Falls, and Lake Haiyaha, so it was getting to be a busier time of day. Easy hike, trails very well maintained. Lake is beautiful! Love such clear waters!

Got lucky with parking and beautiful day. if you like stairs you will love it.

hiking
1 month ago

It was absolutely beautiful! We loved every second of it! We actually went ahead and hiked all the way up to emerald lake. The hike wasn’t too bad at all! We had our 7 year old son with us and for the most part he did good! We were able to get really close to the chipmunks and they’ll come right up to you. Overall very beautiful and great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Be there before sunrise to experience the AlpenGlow.

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