This section of the Rocky Mountains has ecosystems varying in elevation from the over 150 riparian lakes to Montane and subalpine forests to the alpine tundra. Large wildlife including mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bears, and cougars inhabit these igneous mountains and glacier valleys. The fourteener Longs Peak and Bear Lake are popular destinations.
Heavy snow last night made the trail really difficult to find. Ended up climbing the first mile off the trail in a foot of snow. Wind at the top made it unbearable, despite the incredible views. Would definitely be worth doing in warmer weather.
Great trail! Needed GPS towards the end, as there were some misleading footprints. Snow wasn't too bad, but I'd recommend bringing some poles and boots. Snowshoes weren't necessary when I was there. Lake is snowed over and beautiful! Lots of camping that wasn't shown on the map, too. Took us about 3 hours up and 2 down.
Just went on this within the last month and had an amazing time. There was still snow everywhere, which led to us getting a bit off trail and going to a higher point just to the right of Dream Lake. I recommend continuing to Emerald Lake, it's well worth it!