Dream Lake Trail

MODERATE 151 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
410 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.

hiking
4 days ago

7 days ago

9 days ago

Gorgeous trail!

10 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful views throughout moderate hike. Very uphill - A LOT of stairs.

hiking
22 days ago

Easy and short with great views. Definitely continue on to Emerald Lake it’s so close. Only downfall of the hike is how extremely crowded it is. Was trailed by a very large group who were loud and playing music the entire time. We had to lose them to get back to the peace and quite we came to Nature for. Also sadly had to pick up trash along the way others decided to throw on the ground. Such a bummer.

Get there early as you can to beat the crowds

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Dream Lake is absolutely gorgeous. The first view of it during my July hike was stunning, looking the length of the lake with Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain in the distance. You have a closer view of these dramatic peaks from Emerald Lake...but the wider vistas from here, along with the larger lake, are similarly impressive. And with the trail following the lake's northern edge, there is more amazing scenery to explore along the way.

hiking
24 days ago

27 days ago

One of the most amazing views and pretty close from the start of the trail. Moderate and is 3/4 way from seeing Emerald Lake

hiking
27 days ago

Quite busy, but it was a Sunday. A straightforward route. Stunning views all the way and two beautiful lakes. Would definitely recommend this trail for its views.

28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

My first and favorite hike at RMNP 3 years ago. Lots of beauty and diversity of terrain. Be prepared with water, snacks and appropriate Trail/ hiking shoes. It’s the difference in slipping and not slipping. Lots of hungry chipmunks, marmots and mountain jays who are looking for a handout and are not shy. I was sitting on a rock at dream lake eating my granola bar and a marmot walked up like it was my best buddy and tried to take my bar!

So so stunning

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful views especially on a clear day!

hiking
1 month ago

This was just right for me at this point. SOO beautiful!!

1 month ago

Great hike with awesome views but continue on to Emerald lake!!!