Emerald Lake Trail

EASY 470 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 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.

hiking
17 hours ago

Stunning views. Lots of snow on Sunday, May 21. Makes for a more strenuous hike. Microspikes and poles saved the day. Completely worth the effort.

2 days ago

2 days ago

2 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Family friendly trail that is heavily trafficked. Still lots of snow on the ground mid-May (went on May 14). Because of the snow there were a lot of narrow parts on the trail that forced you to wait for other hikers to pass either up or down. Three lakes along the trail, Nymph, Dream and finally at the top Emerald. Most people we passed on our trip stopped at Dream Lake and turned back.

Would highly suggest bringing layers since the wind at Emerald Lake can be quite severe. The views are spectacular and I highly suggest stopping and soaking it in (quietly) although with the sheer volume of people using the trail it's hard to completely immerse yourself due to people stopping to take photos, shouting across the lakes at one another and trying to decide what yoga pose would be best for the most Instagram likes.

7 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

it was lovely, but still a lot of snow on the ground, even in may. the trail was sometimes hard to find and because it is late spring, the snow was melting in some places, making the trail slick. emerald lake was still completely frozen, but dream lake was partially thawed and very picturesque.

12 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Snowy day a bit sloppy but still a great hike!

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

17 days ago

17 days ago

17 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

We did this as a family twice - once in the winter and once in late summer. We used snowshoes the first time, but it's so heavily trafficked that I recommend using microspikes because they're easier. However, we enjoyed the late summer hike MUCH more. The lakes are absolutely gorgeous and the winter doesn't do them justice.

hiking
19 days ago

snowshoeing
22 days ago

Went up early on 4/29 in the snow storm. Very pleasant hike up in the fluffy snow and very beautiful despite to low clouds.

24 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Stunning!

1 month ago