Dream Lake Trail

MODERATE 174 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
1 day ago

I would defiantly recommend going in the summer! It’s beautiful!!

snowshoeing
5 days ago

So incredibly beautiful! It was very cold and windy and there was some elevation gain on the hike. Trail mostly snow packed but still fun and the destination was well worth it! Frozen lake, gorgeous scenery!

hiking
6 days ago

Went up Jan. 14th. Easy short hike, steep in some spots. At Dream Lake EXTREMELY windy. Micro spikes and poles aren’t required but definitely help. Most people had snowshoes.

12 days ago

Most beautiful lake I've ever been too. June 8th, mostly covered snow trail. Hike early to avoid noon storms

hiking
20 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike with breathtaking views! Gets your heart pumping if you push it! Did this both in fall and early spring where the trail was snow covered and lakes were frozen, from the trailhead at Bear Lake up to Dream Lake. Definitely much better with crampons or snow shoes when snow covered.

21 days ago

Really great and beautiful hike. I read that you needed hiking boots with spikes but I didn't have any so I went with some snow boots. Definitely wasn't impossible but would have been a lot easier with them. It's only about 1 mile from the parking lot and then another half mile or so to Emerald lake! 10/10!!

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked in to the lake and connecting trail to Lake Emerald. Great sites, snowy but not hard, even without spikes. Can't wait to see it in Spring!

26 days ago

So pretty! Definitely recommend to anyone. Went on December 13th and used my yak tracks. Ppl that didn’t have them really struggled.

hiking
27 days ago

Absolutely love this quick easy hike. Stunning views. winter wonderland.

hiking
28 days ago

It was Christmas Eve 2017 and I’m pretty sure we saw Big Foot.

Not really, but the trail was amazing. It had snowed last night and this morning, so the trail was tough with just spikes. However, it was worth the work. The view at the end was God honoring to say the least. What a whimsical place to celebrate Christmas Eve.

** Side note, it appeared a lot of people stopped prior to that last little distance to the actual lake. You definitely miss out on a lot of you don’t go the full way.

hiking
1 month ago

Great snow hike a couple weeks back. Beautiful view at the end.

1 month ago

This is a fantastic hike year round. We hiked it this morning and I do have a few tips for those of you considering making the trip to RMNP. First and foremost, you will need microspikes for your shoes and boots. I read an earlier review that suggested them and thank goodness I did. The trail is hard packed, icey, and very tough in just normal shoes. We did see people attempt it, and they were slipping all over the place. The Park Rangers will will tell you the same thing I am. Pretty easy trail with beautiful scenery, just 1.1 mi each way. You can rent micro spikes and poles at a few different places in Estes for less than $10. Do your research and be sure to do that! Enjoy!

1 month ago

Beautiful frozen lake. Snow covered mountains and hiking trails. FYI : Wear snow hiking shoes.

2 months ago

Gorgeous trail!

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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.

2 months 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
2 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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!

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