Emerald Lake Loop

EASY 9 reviews
#18 of 38 trails in

Emerald Lake Loop is a 5.1 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Columbia-Shuswap A, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
115 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
13 days ago

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

The trail is rated as easy and that is accurate. There are a few muddy spots so hiking boots are recommended. I'm 62 and had no trouble with the hike. But be aware that I didn't complete the entire loop. I found a beautiful spot for photography on the east bank and I stopped after getting the picture I wanted.
This a trail that requires some patience. I started at the lodge and the trail is a bit difficult to find. Also, the lodge area is madhouse with tour buses dumping off 50-60 people at a time and there must have been 200+ milling around. Quickly leave the lodge area by walking east and you'll come to the trail.

The photography is frustrating at first because the trail doesn't run adjacent to the lake but is up the ridge and the view is obstructed by trees. But after a mile or so the trail is right beside the lake and you'll notice small herd paths that give you outstanding views of the lake. If you are there in late summer or early fall the sun will be to your left so you won't be shooting into it. If you can try to go early in the morning since the winds my be calm and you can get some outstanding reflections in the lake.

nature trips
1 month ago

Such a beautiful lake with a turquoise color!

hiking
3 months ago

A cracking 3 mile (4.8km) loop around a very picturesque lake near Field, BC suitable for almost anyone. If you want to park in the main lot, I would definitely suggest getting there before 0830 in peak season, but there is more parking on the road coming in. Also check out the Emerald Basin trail (which adds an extension to this) or the Emerald Lake Triangle trail.

hiking
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trail running
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hiking
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hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017