Dream Lake Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
426 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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.

13 days ago

Ok trail nice when you get to the lake
Easy trail

1 month ago

We rented spikes which allowed us to truly trek thru the snow with ease — highly recommend. We didn’t make it to Emerald Lake because the sun was setting soon (starts a bit after 5pm in November) but Dream Lake was a real beauty!

1 month ago

Did this today 11/9. The trail was quite busy. It had ALOT of snow!!!! In my opinion, the trail was not clearly marked. We were confused which direction to go couple times but the sceneries to the lake were gorgeous. The lake was frozen and it was sooooo windy.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike in to the mountain passing some lakes. It's now very snowy and icy, but it's a fun hike to do!

walking
1 month ago

I have been up here several times. Fun in winter. Trail can be run most winter days with just Yaktrax. The snow will be very packed down from the heavy snowshoer usage.

hiking
1 month ago

The views are stunning!!! Such a great hike I can’t wait to go again!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Not very difficult with lots of great views. If you keep going past Dream Lake you will end at Emerald Lake which is work the extra .7 miles! We also had a baby with us (10 months) and he loved it as well. Highly recommend!

1 month ago

Awesome views and loved that you can such great scenery within a few miles hike.

hiking
1 month ago

If you make it this far, it’s a no brainer to go all the way to emerald lake. The lake is frozen over but still beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is beautiful. The day we went, it had snowed earlier in the week, then partially melted, then absolutely deep-freeze froze, then it was super slippery. Our group could not continue to Emerald due to the slow ascent and descent. Those who had some sort of trail traction blazed past us, safely and not really impacted. Do yourself a favor and go get yourself 1 pair for you and 1 for your ill-prepared friend, so that you both can blaze up and down the trail. You don't have to get them from Amazon; buy locally if you want, but they are less than $20/pair and essentially make a difference of whether or not you can hike that day. https://www.amazon.com/Yaktrax-Walk-Traction-Cleats-Walking/dp/B01LJ6FX3C And each of my kids is getting a pair for Chrismas this year. Lesson learned.

2 months ago

the trail is well built and maintained. a little slope but good for even beginners. be careful of the high altitude dizzy

walking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Keep hiking to emerald lake!!

2 months ago

Continued here after hiking Bear Lake, Alberta Falls, Loch Lake, Timberline Falls, and Lake Haiyaha, so it was getting to be a busier time of day. Easy hike, trails very well maintained. Lake is beautiful! Love such clear waters!

hiking
2 months ago

It was absolutely beautiful! We loved every second of it! We actually went ahead and hiked all the way up to emerald lake. The hike wasn’t too bad at all! We had our 7 year old son with us and for the most part he did good! We were able to get really close to the chipmunks and they’ll come right up to you. Overall very beautiful and great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Be there before sunrise to experience the AlpenGlow.

2 months ago

love this hike. the views are amazing! my husband and I loved it.

2 months ago

Easy hike with great views both in summer and winter!

2 months ago

Easy hike with epic views.

2 months ago

It was a good short hike for half a days worth of fun. Not very hard if you’re looking for something to do in the morning before lunch. A little crowded as the day goes by but well worth it.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail, beautiful lakes. Not too hard, and many great places to stop and look, take pictures, rest, or eat lunch. A bit trafficky, but we were there on a holiday weekend.

3 months ago

My 6 year old said this was the most beautiful place that she has ever been! At 31, I would agree.

3 months ago

Great hike! Was so proud of my kids 7 & 4 for taking this one on. They were super excited when we made it to the lake and there was still snow around it. They even fed some chipmunks while there. Very picturesque place.

3 months ago

Saw several elk. Dream Lake very pretty.

3 months ago

Beautiful all seasons!

3 months ago

This trail was stunning, did this trail on my trip in November so everything was covered in snow so it was gorgeous, a lot of overlooks with pretty views and the lakes themselves were a sight to see completely frozen over. Definitely a winter wonderland! And not difficult to get to either even in Winter.

hiking
4 months ago

I would rate this easy. Stunny view of lake. I recommend doing multiple lake trails on the same day.

4 months ago

Beautiful view for a short hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Dream Lake is beautiful and presents many great photo opportunities. Was there in July 2018 and enjoyed the reflection of the mountains in the lake. I’m dreaming of a Dream Lake.... Would recommend also keep on the trail until you get to Emerald Lake, well worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

Very beautiful hike! For even greater views I would recommend continuing the hike to Emerald lake :)

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