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Amy Perchick reviewed Emerald Lake Trail
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So awesome. Fresh snow blue skies -wow

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Kiana Simon reviewed Emerald Lake Trail
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We went early this morning to the trail and had a great time. It was a little tough going up in some areas without snow spikes and a little slippery going down but totally doable and worth the AMAZING VIEWS. Be safe and have fun and remember to take breaks. (:

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Ivan Solis reviewed Emerald Lake Trail
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We did this trail without snowshoes or spikes and it was difficult. Luckily we were able to follow some locals with the proper attire. Great views. did this in the summer and it was crazy to see the lakes totally covered in snow.

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Scott Luxfiat reviewed Emerald Lake Trail
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HikingSnow

Crowded, parked a trailhead away and added the extra miles, very worth it. Spikes were helpful past the 3rd lake. Both my buddy and I felt that the ice on the first lake had too much give, would want to start walking around the lake soon instead of over it.

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Kris Priebe reviewed Emerald Lake Trail
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Beautiful but Be ready to climb the first part of the hike. It gets better as you continue. Glad we wore our crampons as it was slippery. Fun day, get to the park early. Talk to the rangers before you head out, they’re awesome!!

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Austin McClure reviewed Emerald Lake Trail
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BackpackingGreat!Snow

Seeing all 3 lakes was really cool we went in white out conditions and the lakes were frozen over but still cool

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Austin McClure reviewed Gem Lake Trail and Lumpy Ridge Loop
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

The hike was absolutely beautiful with gorgeous views over looking estes park

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Katherine Feazell reviewed Emerald Lake Trail
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

I got to the trail around 1130 and it was very busy. I wish I had spikes for the walk but we were able to make it in boots. The views were incredible and well worth the hike.

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Arrived just before 9 am with plenty of parking left. Trail was packed snow, so leave the snowshoes in the car. Spikes helpful but not essential. Had the trail almost to ourselves on the way up, but there were several large groups on the way down, and the narrow trail made passing difficult. Lovely winter wonderland, and a great trail to avoid the crowds in other areas of the park.

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Cynthia Hershey reviewed Glacier Gorge Trail
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Little bit difficult in the snow, but it was absolutely gorgeous! Spikes and poles will definitely help if it's snowy. The first part of the trail is rather steep. Go early! there were a whole bunch of people showing up by about 9am on a Sunday.

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I was the first person on the trail this morning and the views are nice about halfway up. Close to the top the trail was icy.

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Amanda Hunt reviewed Emerald Lake Trail
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Absolutely beautiful!! Amazing views!!

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Stephen Dulany reviewed Gem Lake Trail and Lumpy Ridge Loop
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HikingIcySnow

it was a great trail to hike! hiked up to gem lake and had spectacular views of the park and the town below. i went onto balanced rock and thats where things got tricky. took me a few extra min to find the right trail, but I found the prievous hikers tracks that kept me on the path to balanced rock. it is slippery and icy in places so hike with caution

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Grant Parajuli reviewed Emerald Lake Trail
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HikingGreat!Snow

Great hike, we did it while fairly tired and didnt even need crampons, although they would have helped going back down. All the lakes are frozen, but the views of the mountains from emerald lake were worth it. Snowy conditions can decrease visibility, which makes the payoff at the end even cooler. Make sure you're actually going on the trail, it's easy to wander off. Offline maps worked great.

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HikingGreat!

Started at 6:30 am on a Tuesday in April and didn't see any other people. Light snow, a little slippery in places especially close to the top (we didn't have poles or spikes). Great views of the park below and of the amazing rock formations throughout. We saw some birds and some very small deer tracks in the snow. I recommend this hike!

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Lindsey Deborah reviewed Emerald Lake Trail
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Holly Hunt reviewed Gem Lake Trail
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The trail itself is breathtaking and really fun, but we did have a couple issues with other visitors. If you're looking for a very serene and quiet place, you'll need to do this hike on a weekday and maybe closer to the evening. It was busy. If you're new to hiking/not used to high elevation, prepare to go slow and take your time so you can catch your breath. Most of the trail is steep with some "stairs" built in. You don't need any climbing experience and there's no scrambling, but it'll keep your heart rate up. Make sure to turn around and look toward Estes a few times on the way up. The view is spectacular. We also saw some chipmunks and abert squirrels. Very interesting rock formations (we think we spotted an arch/window) and spruce doug fir, and ponderosa trees. The only reason I feel I can't rate this 5 stars is because there was some quite disrespectful activity going on at the lake and on our way down. I love seeing families and young children on trails, but my partner almost got hit in the head with a rock a kid threw downward on the trail and there was lots of overall disruption of the lake (which is SO pristine and beautiful). My partner grew up in Estes and this is a go-to spot for us, but don't get your hopes up for a tranquil experience unless you're here when it's not busy. If you're visiting Estes and want to get a more quiet experience at a lake, try Cub Lake during the week.

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Gideon Wolf reviewed Emerald Lake Trail
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Cross-country skiingGreat!IcySnow

4/9/21–pretty well trafficked hike. Definitely needed spikes because a lot of the ascent is icy, and it started to snow (turned into a bit of a whiteout). All lakes were frozen and pretty fun to walk over. People ice fishing along the way. Very fun hike!

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Gideon Wolf reviewed Gem Lake Trail
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Lake at the top is nothing special, but the views along the way are breathtaking. No spikes necessary. Moderate uphill climb to the top.

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p t reviewed Emerald Lake Trail
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beginner here so this review is for beginners like me. background: this is my first hike ever. I'm about 180 at 5'4 and practiced incline treadmill for a week. this hike was easy for me. so if I can do it, you can too(= my partner is about 5'9 at 200 and had gout and thought it was also easy. we got there at around 8am on Thurs, April 8th. it was about 37ish degrees and very windy. there was only about 4 or 5 other cars. the trail was easy to follow. thankfully we had this app to assist us on where to go, but there are trails you can follow. due to the snow, we had to follow footsteps since some trails were covered in snow. I highly recommend good spikes. I saw someone with spikes but she was still sliding. there's two corners you have to go up and is near the edge, I was a bit nervous about so I crawled my way up lol..it was unnecessary but I'm more comfy that way. my partner walked fine up the corners. some parts are enough space for one person at a time. it was crazy to see people on their phones while walking as trails are narrow and wrong step will get you sliding down. we took a few selfies at the lake and at certain hiking spots and also hiked to Emerald lake, which is why it took us about 3.5 hours to and from. overall, I definitely will do this again once it's warmer so we can see the lakes, but the view was still gorgeous. I recommend good hiking boots and spikes, if you're going in winter. we had hiking sticks but it wasn't necessary. also, if you're hiking to dream lake, I recommend just go the extra length to Emerald. *I'm going to just copy and paste review for both lake hikes review.

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