Emerald Mountain Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews

Emerald Mountain Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
928 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

At about .4 miles, you'll reach a group of directional signs. None said Emerald Mountain, at this time, but take either of the 2 trails up, don't continue straight. The one to your right is a switchback which is easier and probably quicker, but they both meet up quickly. After this, there is again no trail marking for Emerald, but look for the first rock outcropping along the trail in this open area. The trail up to the top starts just on the other side of the rocks and is clearly visible to the top, but can be sandy with loose rock at times. The views from the top (both points) are fantastic.

hiking
2 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

It was nice. The trail was loose and occasionally steep, but not enough to be a real problem.

hiking
4 months ago

No snow anymore. Excellent 360 views at the summit. The trail to the summit is not marked currently. It is not obvious but with the use of this app, we figured it out. If you hit the Aspen grove you missed the summit trail. It is a challenging final 500 ft of ascent and then descent. A little loose, easy to slip. I am taking up my entire family later this week, including an athletic 10 year old who routinely walks a few miles per week. Challenging but doable.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail! Definitely a challenge in the May snow, but well worth it at the end. Bring snow shoes this time of year!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Hikes this 2 days ago and it was amazing. Very strenuous in snow shoes and with a child carrier but well worth it. Gorgeous!!

hiking
5 months ago

Great views from the trail. Everything seems to be under general restoration and all of the trail signs have fallen over during the winter. The trail to the top is not marked, once leaving the main trail, other than some small cairns people have placed along the way. I'm not sure it really is a designated trail. Loose rock near the top makes hiking a little slow at times. Saw some wildlife as well. Grouse nesting at the top.

6 months ago

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hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Sunday, October 02, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Overall a great fall hike. The views of the park are great and there was a decent amount of fall color as well. It is very steep and the trail is largely dirt and loose gravel, so there were some spots that were a little dicey. The way down took almost just as long as the way up because of this. Next time I will definitely bring hiking poles. Minimal shade as well so bring plenty of water if it's sunny. Be sure to use the app to find the trail as it branches off the main trail at the 2nd branch point and there isn't a sign m. There is a carin marking this branch point and there are carins all along the trail. Also, the app recorded my one way distance from the east portal parking lot to be 1.1 miles, so a little longer than what is stated in the description of the trail.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Great scenic views and backdrops! Starts fairly easy then as you climb gets pretty steep. I recommend it if you're looking for a moderate hike that's not crowded.

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016