Explore the most popular No Dogs trails in Rocky Mountain National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
rocky
5 hours ago

Myself and my 11 y/o son hiked this trail today. The “Hard” rating is right on. The out leg is all up hill and rocky and steep for most of the way. For us the first set of switchbacks were the hardest part. We took lots of breaks drank lots of water, making it up in 3.5 hours, spent about an hour up top and it took a little over an hour to get down. Amazing views all the way up and even better at the top, we’re both glad we persisted and got to experience the summit.

We did this hike around 2pm today and there were a few spots in the parking lot at that time. The trail is uphill most of the way, but it was not overly rocky and not too difficult other than the elevation change. We made it to the first two lakes (Nymph and Dream) and then a storm came through with thunder, lightning, and hail so we turned around before reaching Emerald lake. I did get to see photos of part of our group that was ahead and saw it. Looked beautiful.

hiking
6 hours ago

This was an amazing hike! A steady incline to the top but not hard. One of the best hikes I have done!

Awesome trail! Great views the whole time. Would recommend getting there early if you want a parking spot. Initial part is a rather steady incline. Becomes a bit harder at the end. Scaling the waterfall was difficult for sure, as was getting down. Definitely worth the view at the top though. Highly recommend.

One of the most beautiful and more physically challenging hikes I’ve done. The trail is well marked. Some cairns in the last half mile may be difficult to distinguish from just rocks because the area is so, well, rocky, but just keep your eyes peeled and pay attention. The views are worth it.

hiking
8 hours ago

Lots to see all the way up - you can stop at any point and turn around and stilll have a satisfying experience

hiking
8 hours ago

Hi great trail but you have to complete it to get the reward of seeing this big lake at 10,000 ft Steady climb nothing super steep - just keep going and you’ll make it This is the second time we have done this walk

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bugs
muddy
8 hours ago

Mostly covered vertical climb. A little buggy in the morning. Beware that the last 1000ft is not a well defined trail. Follow the cairns to the top.

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bugs
muddy
scramble
9 hours ago

Meadow (for 2miles you won’t have shade) wild flowers, butterflies, wild turkeys, American Dippers, Elk and oh ya the waterfall. What an incredible day. There are only 12 parking spots and this feeds several TH’s plan accordingly. At the falls you can cross over and follow the trail to above the falls thereby seeing more of the fall or you can relax below the falls (which is safer as the rocks are slick). Above the falls you can follow the cow trail for approximately another 3miles. Will defiantly go back to this magical place.

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over grown
rocky
10 hours ago

Pretty good trail, a little rocky and overgrown. It is fun to climb the rocks along the side. The view at the top is alright, but it has a lot of trees. Fun trail to do from the YMCA.

Thursday July 18th- Beautiful hike but it’s definitely more than 8.1 miles, my GPS watch showed around 11 miles all the way from trail head to Skypond and back. We could not find trail from Lake of Glass to Skypond and went all the way over the bolders. Stick to the shore of the lake to find it.

Great trail, blue sky & incredible views. Not much snow remains

hiking
11 hours ago

We hiked this earlier today. Arrived at trailhead at 5:30 am and about 10 spots left. No snow until the snow field at the end, which honestly was pretty scary for me as a city girl over 50. The boulder field was tricky but if you stay to the right it’s a better path than we ended up on. Views on the entire trail are superb. Very happy we did this. It took us 6 hours and 30 min.

hiking
rocky
11 hours ago

Great way to hike in Rocky Mountain without paying entrance fee. Wonderful views of Estes and rock formations. Climb up to Gem Lake was rocky and lots of switchbacks. This is a busy trail even on a Monday morning. Parking lot was full in the afternoon but overflow available. Theres a potty at the top near the lake.

hiking
11 hours ago

This was a great hike for day 2 for the flatlanders from Kansas. The meadow is full of wildflowers and stunning. The Lake does have plant life growing on it but I think that adds to the beauty. There were people on the trail but we left the big crowds 100 yards from the parking lot.

hiking
12 hours ago

Nice trail. Bit back and forth on park and private. Great waterfall at the end.

hiking
13 hours ago

Easy trail, connects to the Emerald lake trail and lots of wildlife.

great easy hike

hiking
13 hours ago

Great trail to complete if you’re looking for a quick last minute stroll. Finished the trail on less than an hour. I would just be cautious of the parking lot being packed especially during the weekends

hiking
13 hours ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone. If you live in Colorado then I highly recommend coming during the weekday, as the parking lot will be completely full by 7am. It’s roughly a 2.5 hour drive from Denver and completely worth it

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bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
13 hours ago

Alright trail limited parking trail gets a little vague Near the tops

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