Emerald Lake Trail

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Emerald Lake Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily 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 best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
780 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

Take Hwy. 36 out of Estes Park to the RMNP entrance, then drive to the Bear Lake Road, take a left, and follow this road to the Bear Lake Trailhead.

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easy multi-hour hike with great payoff!

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Gorgeous and easy. I have done this trail 3 times, once in April when half the trail was covered in snow. Beautiful views all the way; only downside is all the traffic.

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Great trail for kids -- uphill to the lake(s) but mild with a lot of boulders to climb and spectacular scenery. Very busy on a Sunday in August so not exactly a serene getaway, but it's very accessible so busy is expected. Parking lot was full when we arrived so we were redirected to the park and ride lot and took a shuttle up. Very efficient, they come every 5-10 minutes.

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Great hike with amazing views the whole time