Explore the most popular River 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.

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

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
12 hours ago

Nice trail. Bit back and forth on park and private. Great waterfall at the end.

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

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.

Awesome hike, breathtaking views, but don’t forget the bug spray! If you stop the mosquitoes will eat you alive!!!

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bridge out
bugs
rocky
snow
19 hours ago

I can’t say enough good things about this trail. But you do have to be prepared because it is a long haul- especially if you’re carrying 30 pounds or more on your back to camp at the top of Skeleton Gulch. I would also rate it as Hard because of the length and that there are several sections as you approach the campsite at Skeleton Gulch where the incline/decline grade is lengthy and very steep. Also, something that is not noted in the RMNP maps and here in All Trails is that at the point where you get past the Ditch campsite and approach Sawmill Creek, the bridge is very primitive. It basically is a big, downed pine tree that has been cut in half that serves as the bridge. It is very narrow and about 20’ in length and if you’re unsteady on your feet, and especially with a 30 pound backpack, this may make you kind of queasy-Especially with running water from the creek about 8 feet below. Other than that when you cross this make shift bridge you have about 1.2 miles left to the Gulch. We ran into a moose and her calf as we were getting closer to the campsite which was quite a sight to see. The campsite is small but will hold 3, two-person tents in three different sections in the campsite. It’s an elevated campsite that overlooks the deep canyon and part of the creek. The views are incredible from here as you see Lead mountain and Mount Richtofen. You will not want to miss this hike although there needs to be some caution involved in different sections. Otherwise I would do it again for sure! Lulu City is interesting- no buildings left of this old mining town but a beautiful river to see there. Lots of wildflowers along the way too! See my recording for the route and pictures along the way.

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!

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