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.
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.
This has to be one of my favorite hikes to date. So much to see on a relatively short trip up.
Great hike. First time doing it with snow on the ground. Recommend micro spikes, it makes it easier. But a beautiful hike just the same.
went in mid april, lived it with all the snow
A beautiful hike, but there were a lot of people on the trail this day.
Loved this trail. The melting snow added an extra challenge but it was worth it.
a great, short day hike! trail was easy to navigate even with fresh snow. I recommend hiking poles, but snow shoes and spikes are not especially needed. 10/10