Lake Haiyaha

MODERATE 146 reviews
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Lake Haiyaha is a 3.7 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
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
885 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wildlife

no dogs

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14 days ago

Bit of an incline but well worth the hike up!

16 days ago

Very rewarding hike! Views throughout the hike and several lakes. Trail is crowded in the summer until you get to Dream Lake, then it clears out as most people stop there. Keep going and the beautiful Lake Haiyaha lies ahead!

Go early or take the free national park shuttle in the summer, because parking spots are difficult to come by at the Bear Lake Trailhead and Glacier Gorge.

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18 days ago

This is a family favorite hike. We try to do it every year! Parking at Bear Lake is always an adventure. Panicked when we passed Glacier Gorge trailhead and its parking lot was full, but once we got up to Bear Lake parking it was only half full ( at 7am on a Wednesday!) Beat most of the crowd by getting on the trail at 7:15 am. However, passed a ton of people going up as we were coming down around 9:30. Too many people in my opinion so start early if you are going.

Pretty easy hike up past Nymph and Dream Lakes. Once past Dream the trial does get quite a bit steeper. Take your time and you will be fine.

The boulders at Lake Hiayaha were super fun and allowed for all hikers to be able to spread out and enjoy their own piece of heaven. The kids enjoyed scrambling around on the boulders. The color of the water was gorgeous as well.

On our way back down we decided to hit Emerald lake ( 0.7 miles from Dream in opposite direction of Hiayaha). This put us on that trail around 10am. At that point there are tons and tons of people. Way too many! Beautiful hike and loved the destination but the hassle of constantly stopping to let people by was a pain and getting a good pic without people in background was difficult. MORAL OF THE STORY..... START EARLY!

hiking
18 days ago

Absolutely beautiful lake...fun playing on the boulders and relaxing by the lake

20 days ago

Such a fun trip. It rained most of the day, but the views were amazing! Definitely a spot to come back to.

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21 days ago

22 days ago

Great hike but mildly difficult at lake to walk around on.. without kids it's very simple, but have 3 kids we adventure with so that's my reasoning

22 days ago

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22 days ago

Really nice hike, my 4 year olds did it with us. Very crowded even with an 8am start. Slightly fewer people once you pass dream lake (about halfway), but still crowded. The lake was beautiful and definitely worth seeing. Wonderful views the whole way up. Distance from Bear Lake shuttle dropoff was 4.2 miles round trip with about 1000 vertical feet.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful trail! Not much effort for a lot of reward. We did this trial as "Plan B" when our plans for a longer hike were thwarted by rain. Most of the elevation gain is in the first mile; there's some downhill just before the lake. You can have some fun scrambling on rocks at the lake. We added the loop around Bear Lake to the end of our trek, which clocked in at just under 2 hours and 4.6 miles.