Explore the most popular Walking 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.

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
bugs
muddy
9 hours ago

Mostly covered vertical climb. A little buggy in the morning. Beware that the last 1000ft is not a well defined trail. Follow the cairns to the top.

hiking
over grown
rocky
10 hours ago

Pretty good trail, a little rocky and overgrown. It is fun to climb the rocks along the side. The view at the top is alright, but it has a lot of trees. Fun trail to do from the YMCA.

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

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

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
14 hours ago

Alright trail limited parking trail gets a little vague Near the tops

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

hiking
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.

We arrived at 12:30 pm on a Sunday and there were about 4-5 avail parking spots at the trailhead. No issue! The forecast called for 40% rain, but we only heard just a little bit of thunder and felt a few little rain drops. Again no issue! If anything it made for a perfect weather day with great temperatures. There’s many waterfall opportunities along the trail. And it gets steep only from Calypso Falls to Ouzel falls, but they built in steps the whole way to make it manageable. Hiking pole helpful. Go past Ouzel Falls a little (1 min walk) and you’ll come up to beautiful grand overlook of the mountain valley.. Bring plenty of food and water to support your whole journey - including for the car ride home. :-) Overall it was about a 5 hour hike we made it back to the car at 5:30 PM. This included stops along the way to check out the waterfalls.

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.

hiking
1 day ago

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

This trail is poorly marked and completely full of horse crap. We actually didn’t see any signs for emerald. Ended up going to Sprague and that was also poorly marked. The sign that said 1.1 to is easily missed if you don’t take a right turn otherwise you go an extra 1.4 miles further to the other side of Sprague. Nevertheless the trail 80% full of horse poop

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.

I saw people hiking this in converse and chacos! We did the 6 mile out-and-back to the summit and back to the trailhead. Bring plenty of water, a rain later, and a warm layer for the top, and make sure to start early enough to avoid a summer thunder and hail storm. Still, it was beautiful when we got caught in a storm on the way down. At the top, DON’T FEED THE CRITTERS. We were harassed by overly-comfortable chipmunks sniffing around for hand-outs when we paused for lunch.

hiking
1 day ago

I started at Arapaho Campground and only hiked 1.5 miles down the trail, but let me tell you it was absolutely stunning. I have no idea why this trail isn't more popular. It's a small trail that takes you along the shore of Lake Granby with some small, secret, sandy beach access at the beginning and then gradually climbs up the side of the hill. During this part it's the most incredibly, dramatic views as you're standing on the side of the hill in gorgeous wildflower blooms and Colorado prairie type environment looking down at Lake Granby. I did this hike around 5pm so the lighting of everything was stunning, especially for photographs. The majority of the small section I did was exposed and without much tree cover at all, which just made the views even better. I stopped at the switchback area but I'm sure the hike is stunning further into the trail as well. I will be back to explore further soon!

hiking
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.

Load More