Explore the most popular Lake 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 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.

Great hike. Fabulous views! Short switchbacks and high steps near the top will slow your pace, but totally 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

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.

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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
13 hours ago

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

great easy hike

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

Fun hike as was talked about you can tell when the buses Drop a load off gets crowded

Great hike not all that difficult crowds thin out the further Back you get

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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.

Gorgeous. Wear mosquito repellent. Start early. Very crowded later in the morning. Bring extra socks. You will get wet bouldering up the waterfall!

hiking
1 day ago

Good to know: there’s a well-marked privy about 1/10 mile before the lake!

hiking
1 day ago

Quick hike after getting into the area in the afternoon. Solo female hiker running into a bunch of other solo female hikers. It was great! If your feet are tired at the end of the hike dip your feet in with caution, there were some baby leeches that hitched a ride on my feet.

went on Saturday at 6. the main parking was full, but there were 10 open spots about a quarter mile before the trail head. absolutely worth the early morning for the quiet trail and cooler temp hike! shuttle doesnt start until 7 (for those, like me, who do their research just on all trails)

Did this back in May. It would have been moderate if I wasn’t fighting the snow the entire way up. Highly recommend the dry season for sure.

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.

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