One of the top trails I’ve ever done in CO— and I’ve lived here for 8 years and am an avid outdoorsman. There is some snow on the trail — would recommend either poles or spikes, especially if you go later when the snow gets slushy. Some post holing later in the day, but not bad — definitely doable (even without spikes). BREATHTAKING & BEAUTIFUL. A MUST DO! We logged 11.7 miles, but started at the Bear Lake TH

Great hike - strongly recommended. Arrived at 6:30 and parking was fine. Not too many people considering how wonderful the day was. Lots of shade on the trail so a good one for hot days. Beautiful waterfall and great lake. Bit of snow on path but did it fine in my average Nike's :)

Beautiful trail!

Bring spikes!!!!!

hiking
snow
17 hours ago

Hiked 5/30/20. It was such a beautiful hike. You pass two other lakes until you get up to Emerald, which is VERY iced over at the moment. Dream Lake and the other smaller one at the beginning are all water and it is amazing and breathtaking for pictures and views the whole way up. Friendly marmots and chipmunks greeted us at the top and WILL try to break into your snacks. We brought our spikes but my boyfriend did not find them necessary, while I found them very helpful.

hiking
snow
17 hours ago

The trail was amazing! I just moved here and this was my first real mountain hike! It’s definitely hard for someone like me who isn’t use to the altitude and who’s a little out of shape but it was a gorgeous trail. There is some packed snow in some parts passed the 1st lake and going up to emerald got sketchy but going down was fun!! People basically made a slide in the snow so I sent it and basically toboggan the whole way down. Super fun!

Parking lot about half full when starting and finishing out hike Monday morning 6/1. Very mellow trail for the first 1.5 miles with a really nice stream crossing where the water is clear and freezing and rushing coming down the mountain. The last 1.5 miles to the top are pretty steep and the last haul you've gotta carefully follow the cairns to the summit. Saw one other group on the way up and a few more on the way down. At the top beautiful views of Longs and Meeker close up and Estes/Twin Sisters looking other directions. Wubalubadubdubbbb!

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful. A more panoramic view of the Continental Divide, whereas some of the more popular lake loops up the road are a bit closer to the mountains. This is relatively easy with great views.

Be careful going to Jewel. There was a mama elk that is very aggressive and protective of her calf. Trail is snow packed the last half mile to Mills Lake and then some snow from Mills to Jewel.

hiking
off trail
snow
1 day ago

Did this a couple days ago (end of May). I only went to the Loch and back. Took us 4 hours just to do that but we took photos along the way. Wish I brought my crampons bc the snow packed the trail in spots and was slick there. I did not use poles but they would’ve been helpful. Thought we’d see more wildlife. Still beautiful. Got off trail a bit at Alberta Falls. The snow made it hard to see the trail in some spots. No trees are marked, so pay attention.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 day ago

5/31 Not closed. We took this trail past Nymph lake. Decent grade, still snow covered. Several spots were past knees still. Poles would be helpful, but not required. We took the Haiyaha Cutoff Trail over to Loch Lake. Would not recommend unless looking for a serious trek. Completely snow covered and difficult to locate the trail except for the few footsteps left by others to follow. The entire time we hiked through soft snow up to your knees or higher. Over, under, around trees, rocks, running water, etc. Would recommend gaiters and poles for sure. Beautiful views. Probably a pretty nice trail once melt down occurs.

hiking
off trail
scramble
snow
1 day ago

This trail is great! It’s easy up until you hit Lake of Glass (which is beautiful). After this, getting to Sky Pond is a challenge. Additional flotation is definitely needed. I made the mistake of going without it, and it made the trail frustrating. Note that, due to snowfield conditions, a good portion of the lead-up to Sky Pond does not match the route here. There are marmots at the lake and pond. They are not scared of humans. Protect your stuff!

Took this trail down from Loch Lake. Nice trail, beautiful views of the falls and river. Well maintained trail. Beautiful views.

camping
fee
private property
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

June 1, 2020. Day hike entering through private property. I was really hesitant to enter on this side of 36 because the road goes through private property. It’s confusing because there are signs for hiking but the property owners have posted no access to trails or parking. There are signs of no trespassing in every corner but there’s a connection to the trail to the Rocky Mountains National Forest. I parked on an old 4x4 road, which connects with the trail. All the trail is under a pine forest and gets more beautiful as you go. There a remote campground a mile or two up the trail where I am planning on using shortly. There’s a nice small river a little farther and an old mine called Eugenia mine. Only met a group of six hikers .

This is a beautiful trail. I added on the loop around the lake, and I think that’s a great addition. It gives you the opportunity to see the lake from the other side! The vista on the south side of the lake is great. You can see the peaks in the background. The trail was entirely dry, except for the parts immediately next to the lake (which were wet from lake water). There is a little bit of residual snow near the end of the trail, but it’ll probably be gone soon.

This hike was really steep at the end and rocky. It was worth it though as the views were amazing from the top. We clocked more than 7 miles doing this hike on multiple apps.

hiked on 6/1. very nice trail conditions, no snow or mud except some water from overflowing creek near Eugenia mine. very easy to negotiate. superb views at the top. one of my favorites.

Quick easy hike with kids age 0-12y, trail mostly dry, managed fine in chacos/Keens, lots of fun creek crossings, raging falls and beautiful view of the region from the top. We were there early about 4p and only saw a couple other people.

hiking
snow
1 day ago

Such a fun hike, great variety, fun to pass Nymph and Dream Lakes on the way, amazing views. Dream to Emerald is mostly packed snow but we did it with kids age 0-12yo and all in Chacos/Keens and were ok.

icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
1 day ago

A great day hike and very rewarding. As of late May still some ice on covered trail section and at the last 1.5 miles or so.. but easy to traverse. It was so much fun and so rewarding to see the lake and Longs Peak overlooking everything. A must in your RMNP trip.

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