Lake Emma Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews

Lake Emma Trail is a 1.6 mile out and back trail located near Alma, Colorado that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

1.6 miles
629 feet
Out & Back


nature trips

trail running




24 days ago

Fantastic hiking - not too strenuous but still offers some of the BEST views of the stunning Mosquito Range. The road to the Kite Lake trailhead was pretty rough in a sedan, so would recommend a fwd vehicle. The first part of the trail is very easy, but the second half was a little more difficult due to the snow coverage on the ascent to the lake, which was located at the top of the waterfall. We had to detour around the snow which added some extra mileage to the hike, but it was well worth it. The lake, which was still partially frozen, was a beautiful turquoise color and offered incredible panoramic views in all directions. The only company we had was a pair of mountain goats who snuck up on us while we ate our lunch. 10/10 recommend this hike if you are looking for something short and spectacular.

1 month ago

Really enjoyed this short ascent to Lake Emma via Kite Lake. If you're camping at Kite Lake trailhead and doing 14ers and want to stretch your legs, Lake Emma is a sweet little ascent that offers great views of the valley. We went in early June and were able to make it almost the whole way. There was more snow than we felt comfortable traversing without trekking poles. Snow was melting rapidly. Better in July. Would love to see the lake, though we know it was most likely frozen.