Dream Lake Trail

MODERATE 97 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.

hiking
4 days 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.

hiking
6 days 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.

hiking
7 days 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.

hiking
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Incredible views

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13 days ago

So beautiful!

14 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous! We went on a rainy day, and it was well worth it!! Not very difficult and a bit busy, but still a great hike!

14 days ago

Amazing. No quite easy but doable even for my 66 year old father who has had two heart surgeries in the past four years. He was a trooper and said he would do it again in a heartbeat!! Gorgeous views but get there early - very popular trail.

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hiking
18 days ago

Start early. Beautiful strikingly green lake. Great pictures and lots of trout! Not a lot of flowers.

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Hiked this trail recently. If you want the full experience of why it is called Dream Lake, start your hike in about 1 hour before the sunrise, so you will be in place to watch the sunrise on and behind the lake. I started the trail @ 5am, and was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise and photos.

23 days ago

Absolutely Breathtaking!

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

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