Dream Lake Trail

MODERATE 80 reviews
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Dream Lake Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Starting at the Bear Lake trailhead in Glacier Gorge, follow the signs for Nymph lake, your first destination. In summer it is filled with lily pads. Heading up to Dream Lake from there follows a well maintained trail, with great views, wildflowers, and wildlife.

2 days ago

Absolutely Breathtaking!

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5 days ago

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6 days ago

Nice, but don't stop here- head on to Emerald Lake

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11 days ago

if you have come this far do all the way to emerald lake. this whole path was great

14 days ago

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15 days ago

This is one of our goto trails for sea-level visitors. It is well traveled in the summer, but extremely beautiful. I would agree with others here in assessing this as more 'easy' than 'moderate, since it is paved most of the way and not much elevation gain.
Dream Lake itself is beautiful and a great spot for lunch. Head further up along the lake to the rock outcroppings.
The next length of trail up to Emerald Lake is steep, but a relatively short distance and a huge payoff in terms of the spectacle of the glacier lake.

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15 days ago

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16 days ago

I would consider this an easy trail for those in decent shape. There was a diverse range of age on the trail, which points to its accessibility. The parking lot at the Bear Lake Trailhead gets full early, and there was a line of cars waiting. For those in good shape, I'd consider a more advanced (and therefore peaceful) trail.

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1 month ago

Simply breathtaking!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy ascent IMO if you are in decent shape and/or prepared with proper gear. No snow until the very end, quite slushy even as early as 7am. Poles would be helpful but has long as you have sturdy hiking shoes you should be fine. Highly recommend continuing on to Emerald Lake.