Emerald Lake Trail

EASY 622 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.

8 hours ago

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1 day ago

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2 days ago

Very busy but worth the views. Leans more moderate than easy, especially after Dream Lake. Pretty awesome that you get to see 4 lakes in one hike (Bear, Nymph, Dream, Emerald).

hiking
3 days ago

It's perfect this time of year, but I also hit the parking lot at Bear Lake at 5:45am on a Saturday - there was maybe 10 people with me at the top but passed another 50 coming down... go early!

hiking
3 days ago

Better than Bear Lake, still crowded but not as bad

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3 days ago

3 days ago

Beautiful hike with many beautiful views; Dream Lake was my favorite. Def not easy/should more towards moderate. The stair steps to Emerald after Dream were tough

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful waterfall and lake hike.great way to test your legs and lungs first day of the trip.
Crowded... started at 8:30. Fun to see so many people in a great mood enjoying the beauty of creation!!!

hiking
5 days ago

Very busy Trail, difficult for beginner hikers, good incline all the way up and many spots to rock climb or find scenic views. Emerald Lake is so cool- I would suggest planning time to sit at the lake for at least an hour (maybe pack a snack or bottle of wine!) will definitely hike this one again!

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5 days ago

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5 days ago

This lake was little but it was mighty. I got up there early, and the reflections we're breathtaking! The ranger up there said that he had only seen the lake reflect like that 6-8 times in his career there. It was almost surreal.

5 days ago

The first two lakes (Dream and Nymph Lake) were way more beautiful than Emerald. If we were to do it again, we would stop at Dream Lake. It was not because of the difficulty, but because Emerald was very small and there was only one small place
to take pictures.

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6 days ago

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6 days ago

The beauty along the hike is great and emerald lake is fantastic.The hike isnt difficilt.

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7 days ago

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7 days ago

left the parking area at 6AM encountered at least 20 head of elk if a wide range in age. one nursing some yearlings one 4 point bull bunch of cows. going up ran across a few people coming back the path was crowded. the pay off at the top was well worth it. If you do this just get to the parking lot no later than 6 AM i wish now i would have been the by 5

7 days ago