Four Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
#80 of 156 trails in

Four Lake Loop Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until August.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1332 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

snowshoeing
3 months ago

A fantastic day today on this loop! Despite not seeking a whole lot of unpacked snow at Bear Lake, the loose snow quickly made it necessary to switch to snowshoes. Lots of post holing on the way up to Emerald and on some of the off-trail stuff, but still a lot of fun. Spectacular views and a great workout. Highly recommended.

WARNING: the trail to Lake Hiayaha is no longer safe. Right at the nose on your way south, there is significant avalanche danger. I ran into a local who spoke of a “winter trail” that avoids this hazard, but I’m unclear as to where it is. I did end up leaving the trail in a second avalanche-prone area closer to the Loch/Mills intersection, but it was not easy going.

hiking
4 months ago

1/14/18: Trail was packed down and relatively easy from the TH to Dream. Snowshoes required from Dream to Haiyaha Lake due to chest deep snow drifts (made clear by a 6ft+ man covered in snow). Disappointed we couldn't finish as not all brought snowshoes but will be back!

7 months ago

This trail has it all! We experienced every season....snow/ice, sunshine, leaves falling...beautiful.
We gave it 4 stars instead of 5 simply because portions of the trails were way too crowded.
If you want to see waterfalls, lakes, rocks, ice/snow....do this entire trail and include Alberta Falls.

hiking
9 months ago

Loved this route! All the lakes are gorgeous! We tracked it at being a bit longer and more elevation gain but definitely a great hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely trail with a bit more than gradual incline throughout. Lake Haiyaha is a brilliant blue lake in the middle of a beautiful boulder field that was my personal favorite vista on the hike. The other lakes are lovely and worth the detours off the main loop but Haiyaha is a must see. The trail also crosses several small creeks via rock paths to hop across or basic log bridges so be aware during high water times. Overall a gorgeous hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Great loop. Get there early! We started at 7 and it was still pretty crowded between Bear and Emerald lakes. Once we headed on to Haiyaha the crowds vanished. The last quarter mile back up to Bear Lake from Glacier Gorge is rough!

9 months ago

this hike is immediately beautiful. we had to go on a Sunday and it was very crowded, but cleared out a bit on the way to Lake Haiyaha. also, it may be a bit more than 7.1 miles with the side trips to the lakes...our phones tracked 9.5 miles.

10 months ago

Fantastic trail. Did it with 2 boys aged 8 and 10 and a 3 year old girl who was sitting on moms back 3/4 of the track and walked 1/4 by herself.

hiking
10 months ago

I'm surprised this trail isn't already on here! You can read more about it at http://www.rockymountainhikingtrails.com/four-lakes-loop.htm it's a gorgeous loop that allows for flexibility based on how long of a hike you want to make it. My friend and I went to Alberta falls first which I thoroughly enjoyed. I would suggest starting early because the bear/emerald lake area can get heavily trafficked later in the day but for good reason The trail is awesome!!

hiking
30 days ago

snowshoeing
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