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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
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

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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
15 hours ago

It's probably been mentioned but this is a very popular trail so get there early like 6:30 early, it gets pretty crowded. The hike is moderate as listed there are plenty of places to stop and view. The lake is gorgeous totally worth any discomfort you may encounter on your hike. I would hike this trail again.

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bugs
muddy
1 day ago

Went up today and it was cloudy and a little rainy but the trail wasn't bad. Just a few mud spots and some horse poo. the trail offers amazing views of the valley and the surrounding mountains however, you better be ready for mosquitos everywhere. We usually never turn back on a trail, but we spent most of our time fighting off the mosquitos ( even after three times of applying bug spray) rather than enjoying the views. Good trail just be ready with the mob of mosquitos.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice little trail in addition to the lake. When you first go up it, dont turn to the right, keep going for a few mins and there’s an amazing view with an overlook of the mountains. Finished that and went back to finish the ridge trail.

hiking
1 day ago

Super easy hike. Parking was a bit of a cluster. The lost next to the lake was completely full and the dirt lot across the street was also full with lots cars lining the road. Got lucky and got a spot in the gravel lot.

This hike was beautiful! Got to the trailhead around 7:50 but it was full and had to go down to the park and ride.l and take the shuttle up. What I didn’t realize is the entire hike up to Emerald Lake is all uphill, and lots of steps. Took plenty of rests but it was hard work! The views make it worth it. When I left around 11:30, there were plenty of spots open at the trailhead and they were letting people up. It wasn’t as crowded as I expected based on reviews, there were plenty of times it was just me or maybe one other group.

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1 day ago

Mills Lake is something out of a fairytale. Crisp water, beautiful views, and once you pass the falls, the trail is less populated. Climbing over the boulders is easy but you can easily loose the trail near the end.

on MacGregor Falls Trail

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washed out
1 day ago

Trail Access Update: access to MacGregor Falls Trail requires zig zag on private property and on NPS property if you take the All Trails Route. The RMNP rep recommends going through the green gate and then following the fence down to the Trailhead. The fence will be on your left as you bushwhack a bit to the MacGregor Falls Trail sign. Crossing the field or going up the dirt road is private property. The park service is asking that we no longer go that way. Thought this might be helpful.

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1 day ago

Easy walk and very peaceful when there's not too many people.

Beautiful, but VERY busy. Get there early if you want to park anywhere near the trail. We arrived around 9 AM on a Thursday in mid July and found ourselves having to walk 1 mile from where we parked to the trail head. There is a shady path adjacent to the parking areas and street that you can use to access the trail, but not arriving early enough to park nearby unexpectedly added two miles onto our hike. Also, bring plenty of water because it feels pretty arid. We drank a half the water we brought walking from the parking lot to the trail head and ended up buying two bottles of water from the ranger station at a dollar apiece. That said, we do not live in Colorado and adjusting to the altitude so perhaps, we were more thirsty than the average traveler.

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1 day ago

We had a great time hiking this trail with our three kids (5,3, and 9 months). Lots of rocks to climb for the kids and they loved looking at all the fish in the lakes! Had some heavy traffic due to the summer busy season, but it was still a blast. There was a vehicle restriction on Bear Lake Road, so check ahead of time to see if it is closed to traffic and plan to take the hiker shuttle from the Estes Park Visitors Center.

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muddy
rocky
1 day ago

Excellent trail for moderate hikers! It's 4.4 miles out and back from the Bear Lake Trailhead. The first mile is heavily trafficked, but after the diversion from the Emerald lake trail, it gets a lot quieter. Sections of it are muddy and the end of the trail is rocky, but there's a lot of shade in the morning.

hiking
1 day ago

Parking trailhead for many hikes. We arrived at 9am and lot was full and they began to only allowed shuttles after us. However when we left at noon, there were plenty of spots to park.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail with some of the Most breathtaking scenery I have seen. There is a lot of traffic and given it starts at Bear Lake TH parking can be a challenge. I believe the ascent is only 650’ or so but make no mistake - it is a constant uphill most of the way. I highly recommend for all especially families BUT be prepared for an uphill hike that is worth every step taken.

Hit the trail early if going in July because the first part is quite exposed. The lake at the top is just stellar.

hiking
2 days ago

This is a 5-star trail that gets docked a star because of the traffic. The views and the lakes are gorgeous, and the climb is not too difficult for young kids but feels like an accomplishment. I don’t mind some company on the trail, but this felt like a convoy up and back with constant requests to pass or be passed.

Paved trail to a dramatic overlook. Many marmots were out sunning and running around the afternoon we visited. It was very crowded with lots of families and kids.

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2 days ago

Paved trail from the visitor’s center with many long steps. The afternoon I was there many tiny tundra flowers were blooming and the views are dramatic. The wind can be chilly so be prepared. It was pretty busy with many families with children.

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2 days ago

Very accessible

I did this trail early in the morning hoping to see wildlife and I wasn’t disappointed! I saw a family of ducks and a moose at the lake. This trail is not as scenic as some of the others like Loch Lake but the lake is beautiful and it is much less crowded.

hiking
2 days ago

Very easy around the lake. Went from there up to Bear Lake, which was more strenuous but doable if in reasonable physical condition. First 3/4 mile lots of dead trees and horse poop, as mentioned at previously, but that gives way to some nice uphill climb. Some pretty cool views along the way. Wanted a quiet hike on a Saturday morning and it gave us that.

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rocky
2 days ago

Great less crowded hike to one of the best alpine lake views in RMNP

We did this hike on 7/15. Great short hike to get the heart pumping with beautiful views around the lake.

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