Emerald Lake Trail

MODERATE 789 reviews

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 rated as moderate. 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.

4 minutes ago

Great location for friends and family from out of state. Well maintained trails, beautiful sights, easy drive in for all vehicle types, and moderate parking space. Heavily trafficked; get there before 9:30 am.

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29 minutes ago

Beautiful! Fun places to explore off the main trail. Definitely a solid crowd, but you can find an area of solitude with minimal effort. The chipmunks are so cute but way too friendly - don't feed them!

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4 days ago

It was a good hike. It was extremely busy but noting against that everyone just enjoying the beauty of RMNP! This trail is extremely easy anyone can take it on there were beautiful lakes. If you are looking for a challenge I would say this is not the hike you want to take make sure to hit Sky Pond. All and all if you are near the Bear Lakes trails you can knock majority of them out in a day. Again really busy and easy hike.

4 days ago

Good one for sure. Some decent views and a nice river to walk with. Fun little camping sites to check out, and lots of other trails to explore

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4 days ago

This hike was gorgeous. Loved every minute of it. My husband and I started early on a weekday and didn't find it to be very busy. Dream Lake may have been my favorite, but they all were beautiful. As this was my first hike in RMNP, I was moved to tears several times. Highly recommend!

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4 days ago

This is a nice well traveled and for the most part paved trail with scenic vistas, waterfalls, and 3 different alpine lakes that is accessible by most people looking for a beautiful hike in the park. Although is was very cold the day we were up there, Emerald Lake is a stunning sight to see and worth going to at end end where we were able to see some rock climbers and snow on the mountains.

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6 days ago

Excellent hike. I could hike this trail everyday.

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6 days ago

Beautiful, easy to moderate hike... loved dream lake! Go in early am... busy in the afternoon

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