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Tyndall Glacier and Nymph, Dream, Emerald, and Haiyaha Lakes

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Tyndall Glacier and Nymph, Dream, Emerald, and Haiyaha Lakes is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 1,095 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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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. This trail will take you from Bear Lake to four more lakes and past a few small waterfalls. It is highly spectacular and a great way to introduce your friends to the wonders of RMNP. Consider having lunch at Emerald Lake or Haiyaha!

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Jacob Throolin
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Hiking

Great trail! Lake Haiyaha was more secluded than Emerald Lake.

Alec Antebi
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Vicky Dobbs
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Hiking

Hiked late June. Still some patches of snow and a few muddy places but overall I. Great shape for hiking. Pretty crowded on a Saturday. We started the trail by 9am. Parking lot was full and we had to park and shuttle so even though we got to the gate by 8, it was a while til we hit the trail. Very windy and chilly at Emerald Lake but felt terrific. We did not do the second leg of the trail so we o lot did 4 miles which is out to Emerald and back. Very pretty scenery....streams, ponds, lakes and Mountain View’s with snow! Can’t be beat

Liz W
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Hiking

Stunning views - the lakes are so clear that you can see all the way to the bottom. There are still some patches of snow on the trail, but it’s very packed down and manageable with no extra gear. A must-do hike from Bear Lake!

Alex Block
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Tori Burke
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This was a great trail! Short hike with lots of great views. There’s still a little snow on the trail, but is packed and can easily be navigated in hiking boots. Trail is mostly dry otherwise. Come early if you want to avoid the crowds. Trail was very crowded in the afternoon.

Logynn Northrhip
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This route is not possible at all at this time of year. Since it was the only map I downloaded, I used it as a guide. Nymph and Dream Lakes were easy. I opted not to hike in to Emerald Lake because I’ve seen it twice in the winter already. Tried in vain to find Lake Haiyaha but I just kept getting off-trail and there some areas that looked sketchy at best. Definitely coming back for a rematch in the Spring.

Subash Shankar
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Snow

please have snow gear, I was there yesterday and it was super difficult without any snow gear. But the place was super beautiful

Cole Sprague
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Hiked this route today before the coming snow. Terrific morning with relatively light wind. From Bear Lake TH to Emerald Lake the trail is well packed and snowshoes not needed. Micro spikes were helpful. From Dream Lake to Lake Haiyaha snowshoes are super helpful but not totally mandatory. Good trench the whole way for now until the next snow. The ice features at Haiyaha are extraordinary and worth the trip.

John McGarry
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Snowshoeing

Snow was packed firm and snowshoes weren't really needed. Most people were doing just fine on microspikes, but I'd recommend some form of extra traction particularly for some of the short but steep sections. Route finding was easy and there were Rangers at the trailhead to provide assistance. This was my intro to snowshoeing and this seemed like a great place to start. Fairly crowded with hikers and backcountry skiiers, but not unbearable.

Matt Andersen
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Hiking

amazing hike, did nymph->dream->haiyaha->dream->emerald->back to the bear lake lot. we had snowshoes, but ended up just using our micro spikes because they trail was packed down enough. on our way out a snow storm came through so spikes won’t be enough anymore, lots of powder now. originally planned to go to alberta falls after haiyaha but the trail wasn’t packed down, so we ended up coming back the way we came and hitting emerald too. gorgeous views throughout, lots of “woah’s” were said. skiers coming down the mountain next to us on the way back from haiyaha was a highlight

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Kristen Anders
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Hiking

Such a fun hike! The trail was packed down pretty nicely. We brought snowshoes but spikes were fine the whole way. Lots of solitude once you turn onto the trail to head towards Lake Haiyaha. We only saw two other groups at the lake. The way to Lake Haiyaha has AMAZING views of Longs Peak. You also go through a beautiful pine forest, which looks like a winter wonderland right now with all the snow. Right before the lake, theres a boulder field to cross but it was was packed down with snow. Only difficult part was right when you get to the lake, you gotta maneuver around some snowy boulders. Very nice views and well worth the effort! We added a little extra mileage by heading to Emerald Lake after getting back to Dream Lake. Total trip with the addition of Emerald was ~5.6 miles

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James Wilson
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Hiking

Excellent views.

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Carolyn Crooks
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Blake Garrity
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Maryann Cantone Hanna
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Hiking

went on 10/12 and its extremely icey. doable but you need to go very slow. still gorgeous

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Katie Nelligan
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Wow! A beautifully scenic hike. Started at the Bear Lake trailhead, hiked Nymph > Dream > Emerald. Backtracked, then up & over to Lake Haiyaha. Finally back around via Glacier George Trail. Would highly recommend, even in deep snow!

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Tessa White
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Hiking

Awesome!!

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Crystal Randles
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Hiking

Wonderful trail if you’re looking for views, lakes and forestry! Part of the trail to lake haiyaha is shaded but the rest is pretty much exposed. Definitely recommend taking time for lunch or just a break at lake haiyaha, it was my favorite part! If you don’t like scrambling on rocks then this might not be for you as you have to scramble a bit to even get to lake haiyaha. Not sure about the 6 mile hike as my Fitbit only registered 5.5 miles but I guess it’s close enough. Trail is in great condition right now! But as always, get to the trailhead early or risk having to rely on the shuttle.

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Dusty Trailhead
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Hiking

Pretty hike, but a LOT of people.

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Justin Bartlett
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Hiking

Pretty easy trails with some elevation gain. I also added Lake Hiyahah which was worth it mainly because of some views along the trail and some elk that i ran into by the lake. Some nice views of the Rockies and not a difficult hike.

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Meghan Azralon
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Hiking

Really beautiful views the entire way to Emerald Lake. We took the extra hike up to Haiyaha which added 2 miles round trip. Definitely worth it. The hike is pretty easy overall. Very windy by the lakes. Would recommend to anyone visiting the park for the first time.

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Keith Novak
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Hiking

Awesome payoff for not a ton of work. Lake Haiyaha was way less crowded than the other three. This recording reflects us going to Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, Emerald Lake, and then doubling back to hit Haiyaha, before returning to Bear Lake.

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Kevin Drown
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Hiking

Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, Haiyaha Lake, Dream Lake, Emerald Lake, Alberta Falls. Crowded and wide trails. Best views at Haiyaha Lake.

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Ryan Finn
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Hiking

My first Colorado hike! Breathtaking views. If you're an experienced hiker this is on the easier side opposed to moderate. Trails were packed which slowed things down a bit, but with views like this who cares. Add on Lake Haiyaha, it mighta been my favorite view of the day. Be prepared to use the park and ride.

Sophie Hurcombe
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We did the loop that takes you from bear lake parking lot and up to sky pond. From there we looped down and via lake Haiyaha, then over and up to Emerald lake. Beautiful trail and we had it mostly to ourselves on the way up to sky pond. Recommend starting early (we were on the trail at 6am) if you want to avoid the crowds. By the time we started heading down from sky pond there were plenty of ppl going up. The scramble up and down through the waterfall isn’t too bad, but we were also lucky it was pretty quiet while we did that part of the trail. Emerald lake is pretty, but such a busy trail. Highly recommend the detour/short side trail to Haiyaha lake.

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Jaland Worley
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Hiking

excellent hike. you need to be at bear lake at like 6am to avoid having to take the park and ride.

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