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Tyndall Glacier and Nymph, Dream, Emerald, and Haiyaha Lakes [CLOSED]

moderate(386)
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.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,095 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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. 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!

hiking
icy
off trail
snow
26 days ago

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.

snow
2 months ago

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

hiking
snow
2 months ago

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.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

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.

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

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

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent views.

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

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!

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome!!

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.

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty hike, but a LOT of people.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

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.

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

hiking
7 months ago

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.

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Excellent hike! Loved the views of mountains and lakes! Hiked emerald and then went up to Haiyaha.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail was amazing! Was with a group of 10 people and the scenery was mind blowing! There were plenty of lakes to see and so much to take in! Would highly recommend this to anyone who is willing to put in the effort to see what the trail has to provide!

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Good hike. I would recommend going counterclockwise to see Alberta Falls and save the lakes for last. This keeps you out of the crowd for a good portion of the hike. Be sure to bring bug spray as the mosquitos are pretty aggressive.

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