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Emmaline Lake Trail to Cirque Meadows

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Roosevelt National Forest

Emmaline Lake Trail to Cirque Meadows is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glen Haven, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 882 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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bird watching

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views

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bugs
5 days ago

Great backpack trip, only3.6mi to the 2nd set of campsites and gradual incline. About 5miles to the last campstove only sites that weren’t as flat looking and rocky—would be pretty challenging with the narrow footbridges and steepness to backpack there. The lakes are beautiful especially the last one. Lots of wildflowers. Got some sleet. Only one patch of snow near the lakes but didn’t need traction. Bring bug spray.

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muddy
rocky
24 days ago

Hiked Emmaline Lake via Cirque Meadows trail on 6/11/20. The trail was muddy in spots but, much of it was dry—multiple fallen trees across the trail near Cirque Meadows. The trail is quite rocky, and much of it is loose. It has beautiful views along the way with wildflowers lining sections of the trail. Overall this is a great, straightforward trail.

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muddy
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snow
washed out
1 month ago

Hiked this trial this morning. Easy hike up and once you get past the waterfall/1st meadow there were a few trees that had fallen over. One pine tree had fallen blocking the trail but easy to navigate around. Lots of water from the snow melt so there were some tricky parts avoiding the streams that have been created. Also muddy in some areas as well. Once at the end the views were nice. Overall a simple and nice hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I was looking for a trail near Loveland that had water and mountain views, and read the reviews for this trail. It exceeded my expectations. Although rated moderate, it has a pretty gentle grade that allows for a good pace without the need to stop to catch your breath (I'm a flatlander from Texas). The last 1/2 to 3/4 mile the grade gets a little steeper, but not bad at all. The trails is well groomed, which allows for enjoying the views of mountains, valleys, etc. Beautiful all the way, and Cirque Meadows is spectacular. Ditto the other reviews regarding one or two easily passable snow banks, wetness from snow melt in spots. I was all alone until reaching the Meadows, when another hiker caught up to me. Alone on the way down also with no other hikers on the trail. I loved this trail and the solitude.

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1 month ago

Absolutely no trouble getting to Cirque Meadows on the way to Emmaline. A few spots where snowbanks still exist and are melting, so be prepared for wet muddy trails in some places. All in all, beautiful with no trouble spots! After the Meadows, though, is another story... Post-hole paradise.

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1 month ago

Hiked on 5/23. The trail was totally doable without spikes or poles, just a few areas of snow but they were packed down and easily passable with just trail runners. A bit muddy and wet in a few spots due to snowmelt, but this trail was absolutely gorgeous. Views at cirque meadow were amazing!

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snow
1 month ago

Beautiful view at the meadows! You can’t go much further than 3.5 miles (one way) at this time without snowshoes. Before that, the trail is snowy, but manageable. I did not use my microspikes. I would still recommend this trail because of the great view.

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1 month ago

Lots of snow up there still. I’d wait a bit unless you’re willing to make the trek

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1 month ago

Hiked on 5/9. The last mile before Cirque Meadows was all snow, not at all enjoyable to hike on top of/posthole into. I wouldn’t recommend going without snowshoes, or at all, until the snow melts a little more. Saw tons of moose poop and moose tracks on the trail. Would rate this hike easy, not moderate.

It’s still very snowy! Do not recommend if you do not have the right equipment. We were waist deep in snow for about 2 miles

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snow
4 months ago

March 3rd.... Couldn't have done it without snowshoes.... Beautiful trek... 60 degrees out and no one other than me on the trail.... Must remember how windy it is at the top next time... Few trees down right now over the trail but no complaints.

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5 months ago

perfect secluded hike, but definitely don't recommend without snowshoes. I had to bail just before the end because the trail disappeared and I was post-holding everywhere. But incredible views and well worth the work.

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9 months ago

J did this for eco week. Long for her but she enjoyed it.

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9 months ago

love this trail. aspens are just starting to turn. lovely views. lots of trees. cirque meadows area is stunning ♡♡

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10 months ago

Follow signs to the CSU mountain campus and take CR 145 to get to the trailhead, limited parking. Pretty nice and wide trail through aspen groves for the first while until you get into more forested areas leading up to the Cirque Meadows. Lots of stream/creek crossings over logs and trees and very gradual easy elevation to the meadow. The view from the meadows cannot be beat, one of the best spots on CO to hang out and relax. Continuing up to the lakes has much more elevation gain. Cirque lake was a more beautiful spot to hang out because of the crystal clear blue water but both are amazing. Best camping spots are near the meadows.

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bugs
rocky
11 months ago

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snow
Mon May 27 2019

Most of the hike was easy but we came on some parts of the trail that had deep snow. Luckily there were some folks that went before us and packed the snow so we just walked carefully on their tracks. the meadow is beautiful.

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snow
Sat Apr 27 2019

Only made it about 2.5 miles in before I started post-holing. Should have brought snow shoes, but I am excited to try the hike again in a few weeks.

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Sat Aug 25 2018

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Sat Jun 02 2018

Easy but satisfying hike. The first half is a mix of pines and young aspens. The second half is mostly pines. With a gradual incline, it open up to a beautiful view of a meadow. It got a little muddy near the meadow, but still doable.

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Tue Apr 24 2018

Late April hike with a heavy snow last week.... should have prepared better. Snow shoes would have been very handy from the mummy trail junction on up...... Beautiful as always though.

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Mon Oct 09 2017

10/7/17: This is a nice, easy going hike that still gets your heart pumping if you want. Adjectives I would use to describe this trail would be wide, rocky, and diverse. You don't want to bring your tennis shoe wearing friend on this one. There was a large group of kids, I assume from a daycamp of sorts, that were fairly distracting. Their excited voices echoed no matter how far from them we tried to get. (Expect to see people) Fort Collins got some super early snow last week that was still hanging out in the area. Delightful spot to be on a warm fall day. The day we went it was very windy when we got to the meadows. Knock you hat off make your eyes non-stop water style wind. It's a great hike though.

backpacking
Sat Jul 22 2017

Relatively easy hike to cirque meadows where there are multiple camp sites with fire rings. Great place to stay!

hiking
Thu Jun 01 2017

Nice trail, still a lot of snow. Not a hard hike at all.

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