Emerald Lake Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews
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Emerald Lake Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1978 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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Awesome trail, heck of a workout and well worth it!

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1 month ago

Steady hike. Tons of mosquitoes!

Lots of mosquitoes at the top so bring bug spray, but overall one of my most favorite hikes!

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2 months ago

Full of snow right now. At least 7 miles are covered by multiple feet of snow. Lake is still frozen too. Gorgeous mountain views on the way.

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8 months ago

Great trail! Will definitely go back when it's warmer and a little less snow. RT can be done in less than 4 hours with a decent pace. Great views!

9 months ago

Beautiful trail! Had to trek through snow the whole way but so worth it! Would love to do this hike again and see it without the snow. Incline is spread out the whole hike so it makes it easily doable. I am a novice hiker and this trail was easy to me. Loved!

11 months ago

beautiful trail! although it is longer than 7 miles, we went to heather lake and the trail roud trip was 12 miles.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

The trail runs along the creek, it's mostly shady with wildflowers, butterflies, woodpeckers, and berries. It starts covered in pine needles and gets progressively more dusty as you climb. The trail gains elevation slowly and switchbacks are moderate. The lake was clear and cold. I'm looking forward to hiking this trail again.