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.

Still some spots with snow but regular hiking shoes are fine. Pretty easy hike until you get to the timberline falls, then you have to do some crawling / bouldering up rocks. Amazing views. Worth the distance.

hiking
7 hours ago

Attempted this hike without snow shoes and it was a no go. I made it about a mile or so from the lake, but the snow became to deep. The hike up was definitely worth the try though. Will be back this summer once the snow clears!

hiking
8 hours ago

Went up to Bluebird lake on Father's day the 17th and the trail was clear of snow for almost the entire hike. There were a few patches of snow that we had to go up on the final pitch to the lake. negotiated no problem with boots and poles. The hike was awesome and the lake was quite beautiful. I highly recommend if you have the stamina to do the whole 12.5 mile hike.

Made it to Frozen Lake, absolutely beautiful hike! Lots of lakes, waterfalls, river action, and yes lots of up, especially after Black Lake. The trail is pretty much clear except for one big snow field that is easy to cross by hopping rocks or just avoid right before Frozen Lake. I was the only one up there. Watch for cairns when you get close.

hiking
10 hours ago

Sky Pond used to be my favorite hike. But Chasm Lake might pull ahead as far as all-time half day hikes in RMNP! I got a late start on a Friday morning and arrived at the lot at 7:30am and there was still plenty of parking. I'm sure on a weekend it will be a different story. Started my hike at 7:45am and got to Chasm Lake at 10am, going at a very leisurely calm pace. Easy trail to track and follow all the way to Chasm Lake. A good mix of trees, river and streams, and even waterfalls. The wildflowers along the trail are blooming too! I was lucky to have Chasm Lake somehow all to myself when I went today, but when I was on my way down at 10:45am the traffic of hikers started streaming in, so I recommend going early to beat the crowds and also the summer storms! All snow melted. You don't need anything besides your normal hiking shoes. Great half day hike!

Absolutely spectacular hike. It hits all of my hiking look-fors (multiple times) except one. The only thing missing is a summit view. It has streams, stream crossings, waterfalls (a lot!), beautiful lakes, aspen groves, wildlife, flowers, and mountain scenery. This is an amazing hike and I can't recommend it enough.

Of course, if you're familiar with RMNP, the only downside is the crowds. The trail to Alberta Falls is PACKED, to Mills Lake is moderately crowded. To Black Lake, you lose a lot of people. If you were to go up to Frozen Lake (which we didn't) you'll probably be alone

Alright hike not many people around
Would be a better fall hike with all the colors

Incredible views, long, but easy.

I loved everything about this hike. All the lakes (Nymph, Dream, and this one) were beautiful. It was crowded but still worth it. I would recommend going early or plan to take a shuttle to the trailhead from park and ride.

hiking
15 hours ago

We were able to park in the trailhead parking even though it said it was full. Several people on the trail. It is a National Park though. Definitely a hike to try and get in during the morning! Moderate trail. Fantastic views! The waterfalls between the three lakes are beautiful! Take your time to enjoy all the sights and sounds!

hiking
16 hours ago

Really nice and pretty easy. My little 4 year old did it with no problem. Took one star because sometimes it was hard to find the trail.

hiking
16 hours ago

Hiked on 6/20. Beautiful trail. Went up to Emerald lake first. If you do Emerald lake, take the extra time to do this trail, it’s worth it - I liked this lake better than Emerald. The views all the way up are spectacular, and less crowded than Emerald. started at 6am, by the time I finished (around 9), parking lot was full. Get there early.

Easy, nice flat walk with our baby and grandparents.

Relatively easy hike with fantastic views.

20 hours ago

Real pretty trail. Lots of wildflowers (6/21).

Did this hike yesterday and it was incredible! Beautiful scenery all the way around. Went all the way to Black Lake starting from the Glacier Gorge trailhead. I was surprised at how remote the hike was despite having such ease of access to the trail. I think it's because most people go to Dream and Emerald Lake (both great too). Saw many turn around after hitting Mills. Keep going! The last mile has the best scenery for sure. Highly recommend

hiking
1 day ago

6/21/18 - Well this hike is all about the journey! Trail is well marked. You hike along beautiful forest for about 2.75 miles. Then you start to get above tree line. The views along the trek to flattop are just stunning. Take time to stop and look around; enjoy this journey. Lots of flowers at this time; no real snow to mention. Once you reach the destination expect strong winds. At the top you have a 360 degree outstanding views.

Great easy to moderate hike, the crowds did not bother us at all....it really thins out as you pass dream lake. Bring a long sleeve shirt, cold steady breeze up at emerald lake

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail! Beautiful views, lots of water, streams, fast river and several lakes. Dream Lake is gorgeous! Worth the effort. Starts at 9500’ and climbs to 10,000...not a lot of oxygen so can be slow-going. It is a moderate, not easy, hike.

Lots of fun start early to beat the crowds

Great hike waterfall was fun great views all around
One of the best hikes in RMNP this was my 38th hike
In the Park well worth it

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful views, wildflowers, and often lots of wildlife (elk, moose, bears). Love this hike every time. Difficulty: easy.

Amazing trail! Overlooks The Loch Vale and down across the valley of mountains. The only part that became challenging was about a mile after the Loch. The incline was fair, but the waterfall climb was interesting! All in all, amazing hike. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

Hiked 6/20/2018. Beautiful vistas past the tree line and switch backs. Definitely challenging for inexperienced hikers, but very doable. Many marmots and pikas. Amazing views of Dream Lake, Emerald Lake, Odessa Lake, Lake Helene, and Two Rivers Lake. Also cool views of Longs Peak. Definitely worth the effort!

It's a stroll not a hike. but it is absolutely beautiful. We went late around 4 or 5 pm and there were very few people, so it was a serene and wonderful end to the day. If it was very crowded, I don't think I would have enjoyed it.

Hiked this on 6/18, what a great route! I would say this is an easy to moderate trail most of the way. I ran a lot of it, if not in shape maybe more of a moderate. The last mile or so at the top gets more difficult due to the scrambles, it is not as intimidating as it may look but be prepared to get your feet a little wet. I went around 11am and had to do the park and ride which really slowed me down but there was no parking at the top. There are still some patches of snow but nothing too rough to handle, I walked over the patches in my trail runners and made it just fine. The day as a whole was only around 70 degrees so it was a little chilly at the Sky Pond. This took me just over three hours but again I ran a lot of it. Enjoy!

hiking
2 days ago

Nice, easy hike with some nice views. Not too many people when you get there early.

hiking
2 days ago

This hike is the reason I moved to Colorado five years ago. I’ve summited in March, Summer and October. Hike it for views or for time. Just do it.

hiking
2 days ago

Decent hike, you could trail run it. The views were great of Estes. The lake at the top was pretty, the squirrels were intense , they come right up to you expecting food as other hikers must have given them. I would rate it as moderate if you’re trail running, easy if you’re walking if you’re in shape. If you’re not in shape, then it will be more difficult.

hiking
2 days ago

Amazing views

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