Emerald Mountain Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews
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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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

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

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
15 days ago

This is a worthwhile jaunt, and was probably the least-crowded hike in Estes this Sunday afternoon! Follow Hwy 66 past the YMCA to the end of the road, where there's a cul-de-sac. There's parking available here. You'll see the start of the trail to the righthand side, with some informational signs about Estes and the surrounding areas. The "mountain" you see directly in front of you is Emerald. The trail is well-defined most of the way up. When you come to the intersection with several trail options, take either of the two trails to your right (going up the mountain). At the moment, the trail continues to be mostly well-defined to the top. When you reach the first rock outcropping on the left, continue on past it to the true "summit." Because it's not a designated trail, it's rather steep to the top, with lots of loose rock/gravel. Good shoes and/or poles would be helpful. Don't let the short distance fool you; this is harder than you might expect. Enjoy!

1 month ago

Alright hike nothing special
Views are ok from top

hiking
3 months ago

Read the reviews - they give great directions for following the tail.

hiking
5 months ago

A bit hard to follow after you leave the main trail, but the views are amazing and I didn’t see a single other person the entire hike.

hiking
11 months 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
Monday, June 12, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

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
Thursday, May 25, 2017

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

snowshoeing
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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
Sunday, May 07, 2017

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.

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

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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.

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.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Steep with great views at the summit.

hiking
Sunday, July 19, 2015

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

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