Lake Haiyaha [CLOSED] is a 3.6 mile heavily 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 and is best used from June until October.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 846 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

forest

lake

partially paved

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

snow

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

hiking
13 hours ago

Attempted this hike on May 27 when RMNP reopened. Totally snow packed. Could not follow Trail even with GPS map

13 days ago

I went to this hike last year but just bow reviewing it. This was a well worth it! It was gorgeous!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Tried doing this trail yesterday and the sign at Dream Lake is buried, I couldn't find the trailhead. Tried to use AllTrails to find it all I was met with was deep snow and no visible trail. Ended up just continuing on to Emerald Lake.

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

Mostly packed powder until you get closer to the lake. Switchback straight up took some time off but it's a bit difficult without poles. Busy of course but once you get past Dream Lake it's much less busy. Lake Haiyaha is pretty with it's rock formations, but windy (at the time). Good relaxing snowshoe!

hiking
icy
3 months ago

A beautiful hike this time of year! We had snowshoes (02/03/2020) but didn’t need them. Many people got to the lake without them. You will have most of this trail to yourself. Parking is not an issue this time.

hiking
icy
off trail
snow
4 months ago

We went at 8am this morning and the parking lot was empty. It was snowing and pretty breezy with almost no visibility of the mountains! We got to dream lake with an obvious trail, but the sign to continue to Lake Haiyaha was buried. Someone told us where to go but it was fresh snow at least knee deep. we were unable to keep going even with snowshoes. A few people walked across dream lake and continued on to Emerald. Hopefully snow will pack down into a visible trail soon!

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Recent snow dropped quite a bit of new powder making snowshoes extra important. Saw more than 1 person post-hole knee-thigh deep who didn’t have appropriate gear. Conditions were excellent and lots of people were out today for the holiday and free access so the trail to Haiyaha should be well packed by now.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Gorgeous hike! There was no wind on MLK day when I got to Lake Haiyaha around 9:00am. No traction needed to Dream Lake, but snowshoes were very useful to Haiyaha. The trail is a narrow shelf trail in some places which might freak some people out. Can't believe I haven't hiked to this lake before and now I can't wait to see it in the summer!

hiking
rocky
snow
4 months ago

Fantastical day in the park! Always tough finding the buried trail sign so the skiers trail was the way to go! Challenging climb in deep snow so thanks to those skiers who blazed the trail earlier this year... they did a good job of cutting it out (better than last year)! More straight forward trail to the lake and we saw some blue ice! Not sunny enough to make it brilliant blue, but nonetheless, it was beautiful! Thanks to All Trails and putting our heads together, we found the way!

hiking
snow
4 months ago

hiking
icy
snow
4 months ago

Snowshoe

hiking
5 months ago

use spikes! awesome hike

icy
snow
6 months ago

$25 fee to get into RMNP. Bathrooms at the trails head. Trail head is at Bear Lake, the trail starts to the left. The entire hike was snow packed and icy. Crampons made the hike a piece of cake. Views are amazing! Extreme wind conditions at the top. Definitely doing this hike in the summer to enjoy the lake.

hiking
icy
snow
6 months ago

hiking
icy
snow
6 months ago

Great day to be out, but even better if you had micro spikes. The trail is quite icy and people without traction seemed to be slipping quite a bit.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous lake views. We went to Dream Lake and Emerald Lake before, and this was definitely the most beautiful (and was significantly less crowded)! Plus, there are big boulders by the lake that are super fun to climb on.

hiking
7 months ago

Trail was so busy with people at first it was pretty unpleasant. Once you pass Bear Lake and get on the trail to Haiyaha, it is better. This is a really easy hike. Took us about an hour and a half. Great views once you get to the lake.

hiking
snow
7 months ago

I really wanted to give 4.5. A totally awesome hike thru snow and ice (shout out to Outdoor World for advice and crampon rental) to reach the lake. Last 100-200 ft was a boulder scramble with no definite trail. You also have to enjoy the view of this beautiful lake from the boulders.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked 10/14. Way too icy to do without spikes

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Maybe we just went at a better time of day than other folks have, but the lake was amazing! Lake was more Emerald than Emerald lake (pictures posted) Ended the day here a little before 5pm. Uphill about halfway, but the views on the last push up are so amazing. Can see several other lakes in the park. The trail was much lighter traffic on a Saturday afternoon compared to Dream and Emerald. The boulders make the beautiful lake even more of a treat.

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