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.

Length7.2 miElevation gain882 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewswild-flowers
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of January 2021, there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts-notices.

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Jay D
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Rachel Mead
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Hiking

Hike with Mike & Kristen - didn’t make it all the way to the lake, but views and weather were gorgeous!

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Selina User
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Steady incline the whole way to the end of the trail - back down is a steady decline. Beautiful view at the end, totally worth it. Can be pretty rocky so watch out, make sure you don’t trip!

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Elizabeth Matuszewska
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Breath taking views!

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Josh K
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RunningBugsRocky

What an amazing trail to run!! Well, at least jog! Views the whole way, mostly shaded, and Emmaline Lake was incredible!! All but the last 1-1.5 miles going up to the lake was runnable for me.

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Zach Zahorka
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Beautiful hike with wild flowers, streams, and waterfalls. Definitely a bit buggy. If you are backpacking and think you are going to set up camp at Emmaline Lake (like we did), you’re wrong. The last designated camping spots are about .6 miles from the lake. In the “travel zone” you have to stay in designated spots.

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Jake Provost
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Breathtaking views! Full of amazing scenery the whole way through! Went in the middle of the week and it was worth it to have it all to myself

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Shari Schwarz
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Arrived at the trailhead at 11am on Friday and it wasn't too busy. We backpacked to the first campsite in the wilderness area (camp stoves only allowed) near Cirque Meadows. Bring bug spray if you plan to stay long. Cirque Meadows is beautiful and we saw a moose in the evening. After setting up camp, we day hiked to Cirque Lake and Emmaline Lake--so gorgeous! Lots of wildflowers and a stream along the way. The last mile or so, the trail gets steep and rocky but there are cairns marking the way. We saw several marmots around Emmaline Lake. Definitely worth it!

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Ree (AussieTales)
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HikingGreat!

Took a trip up here last weekend and camped somewhere else nearby. Got to the trailhead by 8am on Saturday and it was PACKED! People everywhere and campers on top of campers. The meadow was pretty and we had a bull moose cross the trail right in front of us, but we didn't finish the whole trail because it was just way too crowded.

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Nicole Tomky
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Hiked this trail for the first time today. I'm not sure if we just hit it on a bad day or if it's always this bad but the flies were relentless and made for a miserable hike. :-( We even had some hard core bug spray on but it didn't help at all. The Cirque Meadows are very pretty but there are not a lot of views on the rest of the hike since it's mostly through woods. Despite being so wooded, the lower portion of the trail didn't have a lot of shade and was pretty hot. There were some nice wildflowers. I would like to try this trail in the fall because there were a lot of aspens. There were a lot of cars at the trailhead (arrived around 9:00) but there was plenty of parking along the side of the road and we didn't see a ton of other people on the trail. None of the outhouses in the area or along Pingree Park Road were open because of COVID (there isn't one at the actual trailhead). The best thing about the hike was that the elevation gain was very gradual (never had to huff and puff) and the trail was not very rocky except for a few short portions. Would have enjoyed it a lot more without the flies!

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Jonathan Campos
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HikingBugs

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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Tim Brown
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Overall a decent hike, not a lot to speak on this one. A little bit of washout from water run off, but the trail was in good condition. The first part is mostly uncovered, but then you work your way into decent tree coverage. There was plenty of water along the way during this time of year.

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Brian List
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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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Felicia B.
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HikingMuddyRockySnowWashed out

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.

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Randall Goodwin
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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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Caleb Cox
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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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Maren Zanotti
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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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Daniel Shaw
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Braxton Freeman
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Lots of snow up there still. I’d wait a bit unless you’re willing to make the trek

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Sarah Fitzsimons
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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.

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Susannah Lohman
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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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RedRusty Car
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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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Brendan Cooney
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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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Daniel Cooksey
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J did this for eco week. Long for her but she enjoyed it.

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