hiking

views

wildlife

wild flowers

walking

forest

nature trips

birding

lake

no dogs

river

horseback riding

kid friendly

waterfall

snowshoeing

trail running

camping

fishing

fly fishing

backpacking

wheelchair friendly

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.

on Sprague Lake Trail

21 hours ago

Great Day Hike to see some amazing views and terrain! Excellent overlooks and a very peaceful Loch at the end of the trail.

hiking
1 day ago

The Homestretch is where things get REAL! Great mountain!

on Dream Lake Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked here on 4/25 and it was a great Hike got some great pictures while hiking there and back.

walking
4 days ago

It was simply a paved level walk around the lake. Good photo opportunities, but this was not hiking whatsoever.

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.

hiking
4 days ago

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!

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful, easy hike. Definitely worth continuing to Emerald Lake!

hiking
4 days ago

Wonderful hike! Get an early start though.

Really enjoyed the views in the early fall!

Stunning!

Trail is gorgeous in the early fall (late September-early October). Plenty of traffic, so I'd recommend a morning hike!

Stunning!