Emerald Mountain Trail

MODERATE 13 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.

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

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
15 days 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.

1 month ago

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

9 months ago

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.

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9 months ago

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11 months ago

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Sunday, November 01, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Steep with great views at the summit.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Great views but a steep hike. Short hike so it's moderate. Will go again for the views.