Dream Lake Trail

MODERATE 114 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.

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3 hours ago

Beautiful views. A must see on the way to Emerald Lake.

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17 days ago

incredible trail, definitely take it the whole way to emerald lake at the end. definitely very crowded, try to make it to the parking lot early (or use the shuttle service, which I did after parking down at Bierstadt

hiking
19 days ago

Hike up is easy. Don't stop at first stop. Wander around lake.

20 days ago

Get there early. Got to the trailhead by 6:15 and the parking lot was starting to fill up. The hike out to Dream Lake and Emerald Lake was beautiful but does get very crowded in the late morning, early afternoon. Beautiful hike!

25 days ago

Dream Lake is a two mile trail that is in the middle of Nymph Lake and Emerald Lake. You can hike all 3 in one trip, the path will lead you through them all. The lakes get more beautiful the closer you get to the base of the large mountain you'll see in the distance. This Lake offered a small waterfall on the way, and a picture perfect mountain shot as you cross the river by boardwalk.

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1 month ago

The views are amazing when you reach this lake, there is a couple more lakes on the way up to Dream Lake, and more after! Easy to moderate hike . Can be busy on the weekends but still enjoyable!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

This was a fairly easy and beautiful hike. It was highly trafficked with majority of the path paved. It would be a great place to bring a family and have a picnic at the lake.

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1 month ago

I did this hike during Memorial day Weekend, there was still quite a lot of snow at the end of May. The Trail was nice and would have been easier without the snow and ice but still wasn't too difficult or long. The whole trail was really beautiful, seeing all peaks of the rockies and once you get to dream lake its so beautiful especially with the snow it really suited its name. I would do this hike again even in the winter.

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1 month ago

Beautiful scenery. Great trail. We were up there early... on the trail a little after 6:30 which was totally worth it. No crowds, only a few hikers. Watching the sunrise as we drove through RMNP was amazing. Most of the way to Dream Lake is more of a paved trail. Really easy trail and worth it to go on up to Emerald as well. Though it's a bit more steep headed that way. All definitely worth it. Great short hike.