Explore the most popular hiking 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
3 hours ago

05/20--Snowpack starting around 1.8miles and is prevalent off and on up to 2.5miles in. Then pack turned to drifts. Managed fine in hiking boots though. Wanted to go to Sky Pond but the trip was cut short due to a thunderstorm. I did not feel shorted whatsoever though, the Loch is awesome!

Wanted to make a loop by Lake Haiyaha but after talking to the Park Ranger I decided against it. She stated the junction isn't maintained by the park during winter season and strongly discouraged the use without proper gear.

5-22-18. Snow covered, very slick as we got near Emerald Lake. Our first hike in RMNP. Breathtaking views. We started at 8am. Parking was full by the time we got back around noon.

hiking
10 hours ago

Went yesterday. Fitbit said it was 5 miles to get there. No snow until the last 3/4 miles. Not much of it and snow is not a factor for the hike, you can just walk along the side of the snow. Lake is mostly all thawed out and only a couple snow spots on the "beach" Amazing hike. Amazing lake. One of the best mountain lakes.

Had a great day hike. Very easy trail with little elevation changes and a spectacular waterfall at the end.

Still some patches of snow on 5/22 but nothing you can’t do with sturdy hiking boots. Pretty good cardio workout on the way up. Excellent Birdseye view of the lake with the mountains in the background from a rock formation a bit off the trail.

Beautiful. Fairly gentle incline, not too difficult.

Made it up to sky pond in just hiking boots but very dodgy, still a lot of snow on the trail. Would definitely recommend trackers and poles. Tough climb but the views are worth it

Good quality hiking boots and ice spikes would make this hike a lot easier to tackle. Many areas of the trail are covered in snow and ice.

Trail had outstanding views, there were only a few other people on the trail today. Be sure to check for ticks, i didnt have on any repellent, but i had on long pants tucked inside boots and long sleeve shirt and when i got back to the cabin i had a tick on my neck.

This was a fantastic hike. Nice switchbacks to get to the top of the mountain and a beautiful loop around the lake.

Steep but only 3 miles round trip. Great hike, beautiful view at the top.

Just finished this hike! Beautiful views. Be sure to follow the horse poop we got lost for over an hour

hiking
1 day ago

Get an early start for a couple of reasons: 1) To get a coveted parking spot! It will be swamped when you return; 2) To be at or above tree line at sunrise.

Very good hike and great views from the top. Don't the 9.2 miles fool you---you'll feel more beat up than a 9 mile hike.

Well worth doing...and doing again.

Hiked this with my 10 year old daughter. We thought it was easy. Minimal snow on the trail with our regular hiking boots it was no problem. Nice scenery even on a dreary day.

Did this hike today and it was spectacular. Had spikes and poles from about half way around the Loch and up to Sky. Beautiful day on a beautiful trail. Snow melt is in full force.

hiking
2 days ago

05/20/2018
Started on trail in overcast conditions with off and on slick snow packed trail most of the way from trailhead. We made things more difficult with inadequate footwear but made the trek past Nymph to Dream Lake with no major incidents, but lots of slipping and sliding. By the time we reached it, the sky had cleared offering beautiful views and pix. We attempted to go on to Emerald but gave up after realising our footwear, lack of poles and melting conditions were making it quite slippery. So we headed back meeting heavier trail traffic and by the time we made it to full parking area the skies let loose!

hiking
2 days ago

Parking lot about a third full early 05/20/2018. Heavy overcast, very few hikers on trail early on. Well packed snow trail off and on. We would have been wise to have had better footwear and poles, but made it to Lake none the less in good stead...proceeded on trail to Dream Lake.
On our return to trailhead sky had cleared up beautifully for fantastic views and pix and traffic increased, but by the time we returned to vehicle in maxed out parking area a downpour began!

We have done this trail May, 20th. The trail is still snow-covered on the right side. Very slippery. Great views.

It was difficult to find the trail with all the snow and not much traffic but once I found it it was well worth it. I did it in just hiking boots without spikes and was fine and saw a girl with tennis shoes do it without any issues. I would definitely recommend this trail.

This was the first stop on my hike today and it was really beautiful and had plenty of places to get a good view. Even on a Sunday it wasn’t too crowded & not a super challenging hike to get there.

on Finch Lake Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Took our 5 and 9 year olds on this hike. We didn’t make it to the lake but loved seeing little streams and wildlife. It was a bit steep in spots but still had a great time. We plan on packing lunches and trying again!

hiking
2 days ago

Started the trail around 1030, reached Ouzel Falls around 1145. Not crowded at all due to the cloudy weather. Had to stop for a few minutes because moose were reported on the trail ahead, but we did not notice them, the ranger said they were getting frequent sightings in the area. Tried to continue on the Ouzel Lake, had to stop about 0.5 miles from the lake, due to a lot of snow remaining on the trail. I've taken this trail about once a year for the past few years, always a great time and a great hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked 5/20/2018. Wore only hiking boots, no extra equipment. The trail is pretty much snow covered past nymph lake and quite slippery especially on the descent back from Emerald. That being said, we made it in only hiking boots and did not struggle all that much. My group and I are flatlanders and made it to Emerald and back in about 4 hours with many stops for pictures and a lunch at Emerald etc.

So Im a big guy, not in great shape at all. My wife and I took our 11 yr old son and 9 yr old daughter up today on 5/20. Daughter didnt have good footwear so she slid the most. We all took a turn on our backside though. And Im sure it was a sight seeing me slide on my rear end about 10 yards down! lol. Wishing we had spikes and poles for the way down. It was a big accomplishment for us Texas low-landers and worth it for sure! Beautiful awe inspiring views and just enough treacherous adventure to be worthy of a high-five at the end!

walking
2 days ago

A nice, flat hike that meanders along the Colorado river. Great views of the valley floor and the Never Summers. I enjoy this walk with the interpretive signage as a break from the more intensive hikes, and it’s usually accessible earlier than some of the other side hikes in the park. No moose in April, 2018, but we did spot fresh tracks and scat.

We went the last weekend in April, 2018. It was a sunny weekend and so the trail was pretty busy, but still well worth it. It’s a short hike on a National Park quality trail. The falls had lots of water and the rocks were fun to explore. Continue up the trail for stunning meadows!

hiking
2 days ago

Attempted this loop 5/19. Saw 7 moose and signs of bears. Went counterclockwise with the intent of camping near Bowen lake. Made it to Bowen lake trail junction and decided not to continue due to waist deep snow. Will be back later in the summer.

hiking
2 days ago

Definitely worth the extra mile or so from dream lake! There is still quite a bit of snow, but we were fine in hiking boots. Wouldn't recommend running shoes - we were slipping in hiking boots once the snow started to melt during the day. Make sure you bring sunscreen! 5/17

hiking
2 days ago

This hike is a must in RMNP! There is still quite a bit of snow, but we were fine in hiking boots. Wouldn't recommend running shoes - we were slipping in hiking boots once the snow started to melt during the day. Make sure you bring sunscreen! 5/17

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