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.

We were so excited to hike this trail after it was recommended by a friend, however we discovered we weren't even on the right trail and got completely lost. Signage is non-existent and we still aren't sure where the trail was supposed to start. Could someone post a picture of the start of the trail by the Lily Lake parking lot? We really want to go back before we leave Colorado!

Wow, amazing hike with views that are unparalleled. There were times we were happy, there were times we were sad, and the times we almost turned around and didn’t make it. But in the end we’re happy we pressed on and it was so worth it. Did the hike with good hiking boots, no crampons or stick and we were fine. The last 1.5 miles is snow covered, and very slippery... be extremely careful. We def slid down the steep snowy areas, which was fun if you don’t mind your butt getting wet. Also FYI took us 9.4 miles cause we like to take pics. One thing I can say for sure is this hike was RAMMING.

hiking
11 hours ago

We did this trail on 5/21/18 and it was beautiful!! a bit slippery from the snow. There were some very hungry marmots there who tried to snag some lunch but thats okay. We purchased microspikes after this trail. They definitely would have come in handy.

fishing
12 hours ago

I hiked up to the lake on 5/26. There's some snow right at the lake but it's clear the rest of the way up. The lake is completely ice free and the fishing was good. It's one of my favorite hikes in the park.

hiking
13 hours ago

Absolutely stunning hike. It's not an easy hike, but it's also not a super difficult hike (like if you wanted to summit Long's Peak). Don't forget sunscreen everywhere as it's easy to get burned up there if they sun is out. There was a good section right before the last stretch where we had to traverse across a somewhat steep snow field. While it was a little nerve racking, it wasn't hard at all. I am sure this will be gone by June. Made the hike kinda fun actually. Bring plenty of bars/water of course as it's nearly 8 miles round trip. What I love about this hike over some other hikes you can do in RMNP is the beauty and majestic views are really drawn out for along section of the hike. The last quarter - third of the hike is going down along a valley towards the lake where you have a constant view of the wall of rock leading up to Long's Peak. Definitely a win if you want to enjoy Long's Peak without having to scale the summit.

We hiked up to lawn lake yesterday. What a beautiful hike but still tons of snow the last two miles. Thankfully, poles were a necessity. Wait a few more weeks for it to melt if you don’t want to trek through a foot of snow.

We hiked this trail yesterday, heading out around 6:30am. The trail was pretty dry up until just before Loch Vale. At that point there was a decent amount of snow still on the trail. From Loch Vale to Sky Pond, there was again a pretty dry section of trail, but this also began to show decent amounts of snow as we go closer to the falls. The trail was packed enough to hike with regular shoes, but micro spikes definitely were helpful.

After making to the falls, there is a moderate scramble up the rocks to get to the first lake. There was a decent amount of traffic at that time. The hike from the first lake at the top of the falls, over to Sky Pond was a little more complicated as there was no clearly marked trail. There was again a decent amount of snow and some occasional post-holing. The scenery is definitely with it. The day was hot, so sunscreen was a must. This also made for a much wetter hike back to Bear Lake. Gaiters were very useful at that time. We took it slow, so the hike was overall about 9 hours. I’m sure it can be completed much faster, but I would definitely plan on a full day.

Hiked this 5/26/18, going up was pretty challenging (steep with lots of switchbacks) Once on top the hike is easy and beautiful. Still small amounts of snow and muddy. We only went half around the lake and then doubled back & took the Bear lake trail, making it a very interesting hike, still quite a bit of snow on this trail, went around Bear lake then to Alberta Falls. Caught the park and ride bus from here back to Bierstadt trailhead.

Beautiful mountain views from the switchbacks and even better view at the lake. Wasn’t a lot of parking at the trailhead had to park down the road and added another 1.5 miles to the hike.

It’s beautiful at the top! Loved the lake! So peaceful!

hiking
22 hours ago

I logged 6.4 miles round-trip from trailhead to summit and back. It’s a steady climb, but doesn’t go above treeline so it isn’t too difficult. Beautiful views almost the entire distance.

hiking
23 hours ago

This trail did not disappoint. If you love hiking....just GO!

The trail is not shaded well enough. Definitely not a good hike for sunny and hot days. The views close to Gem lake were great. My GPS shows 13 miles and 2740 ft elevation gain. I did the loop clockwise.

I actually intended to take the Fern Falls trail, but the signs were super misleading and I ended up doing this trek instead. Really nice hike! Cub Lake was a little dry, but still beautiful nonetheless. Would do again:)

Hiked this out of Bierstadt Lake yesterday, 5/25/18. Beautiful, easy hike along the stream. Good opportunities for photos. Trail was packed dirt or rocks and was clear to Hollowell. Make sure to watch for the orange trail markers. There are a few places where the trail spiderwebs a bit.

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked this today, 5/27/18. Great hike. Intermittent packed snow above Nymph, getting more frequent as you approach Emerald. The last .5 or so is all on packed snow. We slid around quite a bit in trail runners and hiking sticks and wouldn’t recommend going without sticks at a minimum. Saw a lot of people in running shoes buttsliding. Emerald Lake is still mostly frozen with some open water at the trail end. The views were amazing and worth the scramble.

The hike to the first lake is really pretty easy. The hike to second lake had some tricky spots that were slick. The hike to third lake has enough challenges with the snow/ice covered path to add enough challenge to make this hike a BLAST! Loved it. All the lakes are gorgeous but emerald lake (with some ice covering and the snow-covered peaks directly behind it is awesome! Definitely worth the effort!

The lake at the top is beautiful. There was definitely snow there, and mallard ducks enjoying the water. Enjoyed this hike. It’s fairly steep going up with lots of switchbacks. Although climb up not particularly noteworthy, the views of the surrounding mountains can’t be beat, and the lake is worth it. Going back down to trailhead is pretty quick since mostly downhill.

1 day ago

Tough if you’re not used to the altitude but definitely worth it.

A beautiful lake hike, I hiked here through the Mills Creek Basin trail which added a very unique aspect to the hike. The trail that connects Mills Creek Basin and Bierstadt Lake was really interesting.

The lake itself was phenomenal, we had a super clear day and north side has great views.

Nice, quiet and easy trail following the creek. Narrow at points, some elevation gain, but nothing too bad at all. A suggestion would be once you hit the end, before you cross the log toward the campsite, take a left and there is a small splitting fall that was pretty interesting, and a little further than that there was another one.

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing views. We hiked the whole trail on 5/25/18. Pretty easy hike up to Dream Lake. Between Dream Lake and Emerald Lake it was pretty much all snow/ice. Well packed in most places but a couple of sketchy areas. Overall still a wonderful hike when you're hiking in snow with shorts on.

Beautiful hike in the trees with nice vistas to the south and south east early in the hike and north to Longs Peak at the end. Made it to the parking lot about 6:15 am and didn’t see anyone on the trail until I was heading back from the lake. Looong line to get into Wild Basin by the time I got back about 10:45. Last tenth of a mile to the lake is still 2+ feet of snow, and it’s starting to soften.

Tried to get to Bluebird Lake yesterday (5/25) but about one mile past turnoff from Ouzel Lake, trail was completely snow covered in the pine forest. Difficult to follow the trail, even with footprints, and frequently sunk in to my hips. Turned back when completely lost the trail and snow was very deep. However, hike was still amazing and gorgeous with blue skies and views almost the whole way. Would highly recommend and will return in a few months to get all the way to the lake!

Easy hike up to the Loch. Snow starts heavy just before the loch so im sure this could be easily done in trail runners.

No snow, did this in trail runners. Was a easy hike a little elevation but nothing bad. THe lake has a lot of lily pads on it right now and is a unique view. Lots of Elk, made for a nice surprise.

hiking
1 day ago

Very stunning lake, absolutely recommend this hike, snow is only at the actual lake, and pretty much completely avoidable, friend and I did this is trail runners and had dry feet throughout.

We took fern lake trail on the way out and cub lake on the way back, it was an excellent way to keep it fresh so it wouldent be a simple out and back. Doing it that way turned it to be around 11 miles round trip.

Best place ive ever eaten a lunch, would absolutely do this again.

Snow started just before the Loch and was present the entire way after and to Sky Pond. Lot of places to fall through the snow, was slick and slower going but definitely doable. Did this with another friend and we both just wore boots, no spikes or pole and did it just fine.

Very pretty, albeit windy, on both Mirror and Sky pond, worth the effort for sure.

Great views & not difficult if you turn back before the descent.

The falls aren’t that impressive, cool but not jaw dropping. The incline is steady the whole way there. Park in the picnic area and head up the road, great to do when old falls road isn’t open to car traffic.

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