Lake Haiyaha

MODERATE 209 reviews
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Lake Haiyaha is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until November.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
846 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wildlife

snow

no dogs

hiking
11 days ago

Finished this hike on 5/7/18. Parking wasn't a problem even at 12:30pm. Snow was covering about 95% of the trail but it was a warm day so the snow was pretty soft, microspikes weren't needed. Once at the trail junction at Dream Lake the trail gets less travelled. Getting closer to Lake Haiyaha there are multiple snowshoe and boot print trails which made the descent a little challenging. All in all a nice mellow hike that takes you to a less crowded lake and views of Longs Peak. There are some Bouldering options in the boulder field before the lake as well.

27 days ago

My husband and I have been on soooo many hikes. Not only inside the RMNP but all over Colorado. This one is by far my favorite one! Make sure you go during the summer time, last year we tried going up there several times,as early as April and we lost the trail under about 6 feet of stiff snow! We thought we were on the trail until we checked in AllTrailsApp... we were way off. The trail itself is pretty moderate. A little rough at times, so not so many people once you get up there. Which we actually love, we take our lunch up there and enjoy the quietness. It’s definitely not crowded like the surrounding lakes (Bear, Emerald)... the water is so clear you can see the bottom of the lake no matter where you stand! It’s so beautiful. Can’t wait to be back this year!

1 month ago

Beautiful weather for a snowy hike today!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike Thursday 1/25 in only microspikes. Beautiful lake, make sure to follow the trail around the boulder field instead of through.

hiking
4 months ago

New Year’s Day- hard pack snow with some spots drifted over. Only tricky spots were coming off Dream Lake where the snow was drifted on the steep hillside and I had to dig in as I went so I didn’t slide down the hill. After that - smooth sailing with awesome views. The ice on the lake is visible with some cool formations made as the water level sank.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Trail is right before Dream Lake and make sure to follow the snow-shoe trail and not the ski trails. Well traveled so the trail is easy to find. The lake level has fallen so looks like the rocks/boulders pushed up through the ice.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful Love how the rocks are everywhere as they just fell in.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Very moderate. Totally covered in snow (11/21). Did it in my boots and was fine, but some spikes would’ve been useful in a few spots. Worth heading to the lakes along the way. Fog and snow made for some incredibly stunning views of the mountains. Windy by the lake, but worth the cold! Would love to see it in the summer.

Breathtaking! Loved scrambling on the rocks too.

6 months ago

Great hike, but the trail is very icy/slick bring spikes or something to help you grip. Highly recommend this area though.

6 months ago

It was an absolutely beautiful view. Fairly easy hike, first half was mostly all uphill.

hiking
6 months ago

Really spectacular views throughout trail. A very uphill hike, but worth it! The trail immediately up to the lake is through a boulder field so trail is lost easily. Once cross over boulder field view of lake, boulders, and mountains is stunning! Highly recommend.

hiking
6 months ago

One of my favorite hikes!! The trail isn't as crowded as Dream and Emerald and the lake is by far the most breathtaking. Make sure you have good shoes with some grip because there is small ice patches along the trail on the way up this time of year (10/29/17). We will be posting about this hike on our hiking Instagram page @pathsandpourovers if you want to check it out more!

hiking
6 months ago

Great little hike off the trail that goes to the highly trafficked Dream and Emerald lakes. Pretty steep for the first .5 mike or so and was slick with ice during my time (10.28.17) but nothing horrible- just watch where you step and don’t rush through it! Flattens out for awhile and then and the very end there will be some rock scrambling to get to the good views. Great little hike with incredible views. I went up to dream/emerald first then back down to this fork and up this one for a nice quiet retreat from the crowds. Ended up being about 6 miles from the lot to all four lakes and back.

hiking
6 months ago

Such a beautiful spot tucked away off some of the more popular trails. Turquoise blue water was breathtaking.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice walk, not too difficult. Nice views

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike but coming back we hit almost a half mile of ice on a very narrow portion going down hill. We were glad we had hiking poles! The view of the lake was beautiful, don't forget to pay attention to the old growth trees around you and the gnarled trunks that look like sculpture.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike. The trail up was a little icy this past weekend but definitely worth it if you've already done Bear, Nymph, Dream, and Emerald. Sooooo much less crowded than the other lakes since it is a little more difficult to reach, but still pretty easy. A little bit of rock scrambling at the end.

hiking
7 months ago

What an awesome hike! We live in Virginia and this was our first trip to the Rockies. We made the hike on Sept 21 and had perfect weather. We got a late start so we had to take the shuttle up to the trailhead. We started off at Bear Lake and went by Nymph, Dream, and Emerald before we switched back to head up to Haiyaha. Tons of great overlooks, a little more crowded as the day went on at the lower lakes but Haiyaha was less crowded. Climbing around the boulders at the lake was fun and a cool way to get different vantage points. Beware of the greedy chipmunks- they'll try and steal your granola bar!

This was an amazing day hike! Moderate rating is accurate. Trail was in good condition and we saw people young and old enjoying the whole trek. Seriously recommend this hike to anyone interested, you won't be disappointed!

7 months ago

Awesome! Trail had quite a bit of ice on it due to recent snow but we made it and it was A BLAST!

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! Trail is clearly marked until you get to the boulder field then you just have to keep going and climb over a bunch of big rocks until you get to the awesome gnarly looking tree. Well worth the hike!

7 months ago

Nice trail little rocky at the lake
Great views !

hiking
8 months ago

It's a difficult trail due to rocky inclines. And there's about 20 feet of boulder crossing till you get to the beautiful lake. It's worth it but it was total approx 5 miles total out and back through Bear Lake station. Trail felt longer due to rocky/incline trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike! Combined with Emerald Lake and Dream Lake is a good 7 mile out and back! Perfect weather in mid September. The incline to Lake Haiyaha is moderately difficult but definitely worth it. Climb over the first set of rocks to see the full view of the Lake with an amazing back view of the mountains.

hiking
8 months ago

Wonderful hike to a spectacular view! After you pass dream lake, the amount of other hikers greatly dwindles so you can enjoy a hike nearly by yourself.

hiking
8 months ago

Five stars for the views! I loved the beautiful blue waters against the craggy rocks. We started at Bear Lake Trailhead, hiked past Dream Lake, to Emerald Lake, then backtracked to Dream/Haiyaha Trailhead and went up to Lake Haiyaha.
We are all at least moderate hikers so we made things interesting. At Emerald Lake we hiked around the lake via scrambling the rocks up to the highest waterfall, then finished looping the lake. At Haiyaha, we scrambled across the boulders to the far side of the lake where we kicked back and relaxed away from crowds. At both lakes, no set path, scrambling only. It was so much fun and so worth the tough workout to see the lakes from different angles!
We arrived at 7:00am on Saturday in September and Bear Lake Trailhead was halfway full.

hiking
8 months ago

Moderate hike but lake is beautiful. Climb past the beautiful tree to the boulders on waters edge.

8 months ago

Nice trail, pretty lake. Added this onto the emerald lake hike. Good extension

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely stunning lake...the color of the water is truly beautiful!!

8 months ago

Beautiful! Go to Emerald Lake first and see everything along the way and then hang a right up to Hiayaha on the way back. Stunning.

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