Nymph Lake Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 262 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wildlife

no dogs

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day.

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I hiked this trail September 2019 with my wife and our two kids (4 and 2 years old, at the time). It's a nice, shirt trail up to the lake. The incline is about what I expected for a short Rocky Mountain trail. Our kids walked most of the way, carried them for maybe 50 yards. The lake at the top was beautiful...lilies were in blume and the flowers made a nice foreground for a landscape picture.

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2 months ago

We attempted to make it to Dream Lake this past Saturday (3/14) for sunrise but only got as far as Nymph Lake. We started around 6:45 am with blowing snow and the trail was covered with about 8 inches of fresh powder. Not bad going to Nymph; someone had just gone ahead of us with snowshoes. Hard to get to the other side of the lake without crossing directly over the lake. The snow turned significantly deeper on the north end and we couldnt make it past without snowshoes. Nymph was pretty though.

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

Fun to see in the snow, but holy wind batman! also feel that the elevation for this is way more than what alltrails is saying

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5 months ago

trail is much steeper right now then when dry. snowshoes recommended but spikes can do. would not do if you dont have either views are pretty going up lake was completely snowed over and a white out today.

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5 months ago

Very beautiful in the snow but the snow did get deep on one part of the trail and it was tricky to find the path. After that it was nice how it took you around back to the parking lot.

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6 months ago

beautiful area. trail is snow packed at this time but if you have micro spikes you'll be ok. We continued on for Dream lake and Emerald lake. Just a beautiful area to hike in.

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7 months ago

Beautiful, easy trail. Got to parking lot by 8 on a Thursday and it was mostly empty. Sadly, a bunch of entitled hikers were passing the “Stay Off Restoration Area” sign to get their photos. Keep going past Nymph to Dream and Emerald! Totally worth it!

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7 months ago

Easy and pretty hike and just a preview to what’s to come further up the mountain....Dream and Emerald!

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7 months ago

I would highly recommend this awesome trail. Beautiful nature and lakes

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7 months ago

Cute lake on the way to Dream and Emerald Lakes. Lilly pads!

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9 months ago

This is super easy to get to! Keep waking to get to the other lakes. On 9/3/19 i lost my engagement ring in the bear lake parking lot - if you find it please let me know!

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9 months ago

Beautiful lake views as you walk around the entire lake. Trail was easy and not too busy the end of August.

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9 months ago

Great hike and nice view

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10 months ago

Beautiful lake after a short relatively easy hike. The lake is covered with lily pads with yellow flowers.

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10 months ago

Relatively easy hike, a lot of uphill on the way there but the lake is beautiful, covered in lilypads with yellow flowers. You can access both Dream lake and Emerald lake through this trail, which are more pristine and picturesque than Nymph lake.

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11 months ago

My 4 year old twins and almost 2 year old hiked this on their own without any issues. We all enjoyed the hike up, played and explored around Nymph lake before continuing back down the trail. There was even still some snow around the lake

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11 months ago

Beautiful, easy and quick hike. Continue past the lake to head towards Emerald. Saw a lot of wildlife up close. Watch out for evening t storms.

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11 months ago

I’ve been to Nymph Lake many times and I always look forward to seeing the pretty lily pads, but there were none to be found! We hiked mostly in the rain on 6/21, and it was a fairly well covered trail. I definitely recommend going on to Dream Lake, but be ready for a little snow!

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11 months ago

Beautiful

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