Dream Lake Trail is a 2.4 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.
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.
Definitely needed microspikes, but it was a fabulous hike, even if heavily traveled.
Getting from Bear Lake to Nymph Lake to Dream Lake was a chore. Some guidelines list this trail as easy... others as "moderate". I would choose the latter. Coming in, make sure you are well hydrated and otherwise carrying water with you. I certainly enjoyed the hike, the views, the challenge. The snow pack was anywhere from 5 feet to 20 feet (according to my guide, David, from YMCA of the Rockies). I recommend snowshoes (or at least boot spikes) during the late winter/early spring) for traction. I am going back this weekend (3/26/2017) to give this trail another go. Well worth the effort. Take your time - stop to catch your breath and take in the beautiful scenery that is RMNP!
Coming from Texas two weeks ago, I was still not acclimated to the higher altitude that is Bear Lake, Nymph Lake and Dream Lake.
However, when I wasn't dry cough hacking, or sucking air to survive, the views were absolutely inspiring and beautiful. I will train more before going back up, but I definitely plan to do so.
Guided by David from YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park.
Love this hike
Awesome views for little effort. Perfect option if you only have a little bit of time.
One of the best hikes of my life !!!
Can't wait to go back and climb Hallet Peak.
Highly trafficked trail. Beautiful views and fairly easy climb. Will make this a regular due to the quick access to the back country and nice views. As expected parking is a little congested at the trailhead.