Explore the most popular snowshoeing trails near Estes Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Loved this. Saw 3 moose, and watched 1 walk all the way across the lake

hiking
12 hours ago

Hiked this today, 5/23, and there was only a tiny bit of snow. Easily accessible with regular shoes even though we wore proper hiking boots. Beautiful and easy hike. The beginning is super easy since it’s all downhill (which means your homestretch will be a little difficult). I recommend going further past the falls and venturing to Loch Lake or even further if you can. The way to Loch Lake was covered with a bit of snow, so definitely bring hiking boots for that, or even spikes if you don’t want to have to slip every now and then.

hiking
16 hours ago

We hiked today 5/23/18- the trail was fully covered in snow past Nymph lake. Not too difficult coming up, but really hard coming back. I was wearing tennis shoes and had no grip at all, others had hiking shoes and did okay. Good shoes and spikes would have really helped. Took us 3 hours up with lots of stops, and 1 hour back down with almost no breaks. A little bit crowded but still enjoyable. The lakes were absolutely gorgeous.

We hiked this from Bear Lake. The trail from Bear Lake to the junction with Glacier Point was nothing special. All downhill which made coming back all uphill. I think this added to the difficulty of the hike. (I’m a beginner). The hike from the junction to Albert Falls was nice. The falls were nice. Several places for pictures. The perfect picture spot at the top of the falls was spoiled by someone sitting, reading a book right in the middle of it all. Still glad we walked on up to the top.

hiking
19 hours ago

It's still snowy, icy in certain areas. The snow looks to be really deep where people are walking, especially one spot on the trail. I'm sure the rangers are taking caution due to the melting and how it can cause postholing or falling from breaking snow, slick snow. I had Yaktrax and my poles, but I still slid a little, but I did okay. I saw quite a few people wearing flat bottom Keds/Vans and even flip flops type of shoes. Please be prepared! The trail does get lost, and it was muddy in some spots. So be careful you don't go too far off of the trail. I decided not to go up to Emerald lake because I was by myself and if I fell, I'd be in trouble. So, please wear adequate shoes! Yaktrax are $20 and very valuable, or more for microspikes. It makes the trip enjoyable. I saw one lady in near tears trying to get around a snowpacked curve in her slick shoes.
With that said, this is a beautiful hike! I'm glad I went. It was cool to see how much snow was still up there. The lakes were peaceful and beautiful. It did cloud up and started storming quickly, rain and hail. Hikers need to be aware of that this time of year. I'm sure there were a lot of soaked folks.
The snow will melt, it will be slick for a while. Be careful and be prepared and you'll enjoy this hike! Its worth it! Just keep going and take your time and watch the skies!

A nice and varied excursion.

Get an early start—preferably pre-dawn—-for three reasons: 1) Very limited parking so get there early to get a place; 2) Avoid the short-hikers going to Alberta Falls; 3) Dawn over Mills’ Lake is serene.

Lunch under the shade of the trees of Black Lake—it is deep, deep…that’s why it’s black in color from any distance.

Easy hike overall.

If you start early, be mentally prepared for the mobs at Mills’ Lake and even more so at Alberta Falls as you return to your great parking spot.

A nice and varied excursion.

Get an early start—preferably pre-dawn—-for three reasons: 1) Very limited parking so get there early to get a place; 2) Avoid the short-hikers going to Alberta Falls; 3) Dawn over Mills’ Lake is serene.

Lunch under the shade of the trees of Black Lake—it is deep, deep…that’s why it’s black in color from any distance.

Easy hike overall.

If you start early, be mentally prepared for the mobs at Mills’ Lake and even more so at Alberta Falls as you return to your great parking spot.

hiking
1 day ago

We were in Estes Park in mid-June and wanted an upclose of Long’s Peak. But without crampons and ice picks nor previous experience atop Long’s, we opted not to die but to do Chasm Lake instead. It was a decent step down hike.

A “moderate” difficulty ranking is appropriate. Nothing technical. It won’t leave you beat up.

As usual, very windy and gusty coming off the diamond of Long’s face.

Columbine Falls and Peacock Pool were beatiful and the pool appropriately named.

Dress in layers and get there early since it’s the same parking lot as Long’s!

5/22. From Nymph to Dream the snow amount increased but still easy enough to get through. Beautiful views on the way to Dream. I loved this lake. It was partially ice covered. Walked on to Emerald. Snow increased and hiking became harder. But worth it.

5-22-18. Snow covered, very slick as we got near Emerald Lake. Our first hike in RMNP. Breathtaking views. We started at 8am. Parking was full by the time we got back around noon.

Beautiful. Fairly gentle incline, not too difficult.

Made it up to sky pond in just hiking boots but very dodgy, still a lot of snow on the trail. Would definitely recommend trackers and poles. Tough climb but the views are worth it

Good quality hiking boots and ice spikes would make this hike a lot easier to tackle. Many areas of the trail are covered in snow and ice.

This was a fantastic hike. Nice switchbacks to get to the top of the mountain and a beautiful loop around the lake.

hiking
2 days ago

Get an early start for a couple of reasons: 1) To get a coveted parking spot! It will be swamped when you return; 2) To be at or above tree line at sunrise.

Very good hike and great views from the top. Don't the 9.2 miles fool you---you'll feel more beat up than a 9 mile hike.

Well worth doing...and doing again.

Hiked this with my 10 year old daughter. We thought it was easy. Minimal snow on the trail with our regular hiking boots it was no problem. Nice scenery even on a dreary day.

Did this hike today and it was spectacular. Had spikes and poles from about half way around the Loch and up to Sky. Beautiful day on a beautiful trail. Snow melt is in full force.

hiking
3 days ago

05/20/2018
Started on trail in overcast conditions with off and on slick snow packed trail most of the way from trailhead. We made things more difficult with inadequate footwear but made the trek past Nymph to Dream Lake with no major incidents, but lots of slipping and sliding. By the time we reached it, the sky had cleared offering beautiful views and pix. We attempted to go on to Emerald but gave up after realising our footwear, lack of poles and melting conditions were making it quite slippery. So we headed back meeting heavier trail traffic and by the time we made it to full parking area the skies let loose!

We have done this trail May, 20th. The trail is still snow-covered on the right side. Very slippery. Great views.

It was difficult to find the trail with all the snow and not much traffic but once I found it it was well worth it. I did it in just hiking boots without spikes and was fine and saw a girl with tennis shoes do it without any issues. I would definitely recommend this trail.

This was the first stop on my hike today and it was really beautiful and had plenty of places to get a good view. Even on a Sunday it wasn’t too crowded & not a super challenging hike to get there.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked 5/20/2018. Wore only hiking boots, no extra equipment. The trail is pretty much snow covered past nymph lake and quite slippery especially on the descent back from Emerald. That being said, we made it in only hiking boots and did not struggle all that much. My group and I are flatlanders and made it to Emerald and back in about 4 hours with many stops for pictures and a lunch at Emerald etc.

So Im a big guy, not in great shape at all. My wife and I took our 11 yr old son and 9 yr old daughter up today on 5/20. Daughter didnt have good footwear so she slid the most. We all took a turn on our backside though. And Im sure it was a sight seeing me slide on my rear end about 10 yards down! lol. Wishing we had spikes and poles for the way down. It was a big accomplishment for us Texas low-landers and worth it for sure! Beautiful awe inspiring views and just enough treacherous adventure to be worthy of a high-five at the end!

hiking
4 days ago

Definitely worth the extra mile or so from dream lake! There is still quite a bit of snow, but we were fine in hiking boots. Wouldn't recommend running shoes - we were slipping in hiking boots once the snow started to melt during the day. Make sure you bring sunscreen! 5/17

hiking
4 days ago

This hike is a must in RMNP! There is still quite a bit of snow, but we were fine in hiking boots. Wouldn't recommend running shoes - we were slipping in hiking boots once the snow started to melt during the day. Make sure you bring sunscreen! 5/17

hiking
4 days ago

Amazing views. We went when it was raining/snowing but still had a great time! The trail is still snow packed and on the way back it is very slippery ! It was so worth the trek though to the final emerald lake :)

Attempted to hike Sky Pond yesterday and ended up only making it to The Loch due to some treacherous snow accumulation and stormy precipitation. Hiking poles and spikes would be essential to your cause. Though we couldn’t make it past The Loch, it was still a mesmerizing hike with countless whoa moments. Shout out to anyone who made it up there recently, you’re intense!

Loved this waterfall! It was flowing well 5/12, a treat to see. The trail was snowy in spots ~1/3 t/of it. We used poles and microspikes for parts of it and were glad we had them. The hard pack was becoming less hard and there were deep holes right along side or even in the hard pack where people fell through the snow. But lots of people went up in tennis shoes. Trail up was easy/moderate, will be easier once snow melts. We continued to Mill's lake which was a highlight for us. Highly recommend!

Nice series of 3 lakes (Dream was our favorite). Did 5/11 with poles and microspikes which we were very happy to have. We're from sea level in reasonable-ish shape and found this hike very doable but tiring between altitude and snow. Lots of people in tennis shoes and they were sliding all over the place but they made it. Lakes were mostly frozen over which detracted some from the beauty for us (judging by how enthralled we were by Mill's lake the next day which was almost all melted) but lots of people really enjoyed them. We wanted to do the loop over to Mill's that day but trail from dream didn't seem as hard packed. We didn't explore much but that would have been a good trip.

Icey Conditions, but great view at Dream Lake. Expect ankle high snow. 5/19

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