Just came to the river to lie in hammocks

Beautiful hike! It took us about 45 minutes to the top. I would go early to get a parking spot but mainly so you’re not overheating from the exposure most the way up. Little bugs, beautiful wild flowers and views of RMNP!

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2 days ago

The trail was steep most of the way up. It was 3.18 miles round trip, which was perfect for a day like today when I needed to be off the trail early. It was pretty hot and exposed most of the way, so I’d start early if possible. I look forward to doing it again!

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2 days ago

Hiked this trial this morning. Easy hike up and once you get past the waterfall/1st meadow there were a few trees that had fallen over. One pine tree had fallen blocking the trail but easy to navigate around. Lots of water from the snow melt so there were some tricky parts avoiding the streams that have been created. Also muddy in some areas as well. Once at the end the views were nice. Overall a simple and nice hike.

Trails are OPEN!! Love this hike - so scenic AND First time seeing a bear on our Colorado hikes. On our way back to parking lot on twin Owls trail - very close to parking area. Had to backtrack a bit until he/she lumbered off.

Did this yesterday with a group. It was a challenge for several of us flatlanders, but recovered easily at the top. Breathtaking view at the peak. Well worth it! Also, we think it is actually half a mile longer than reported. There’s only one good mountain view on the way up, otherwise you’re going up through a forest. The trail was fairly rocky and course except for just a few segments so ankles watch out!

Backpacked this trail over two days. If you’re camping, it’s worth the uphill trek to campsite 4 for the view & solitude (note: campsites are mislabeled on AllTrails. The sign on the trail said we were at campsite 4, but the AllTrails map said it was campsite 5). Overall, the trail was well-maintained and the river was stunning! We hiked into Rocky Mountain National Park and enjoyed the scenery there too. There’s plenty of opportunity for bird watching along the way. Recommend going on a Friday for a weekend trip - the parking lot on Saturday was packed. We shared the trail with tons of friendly people on Saturday morning, most wearing masks and distancing if possible.

Pretty! Passed a barn and some sort of cabin camp, mostly along the river, which allowed for refreshing breezes. Hiked up to RMNP.

Parts of the trail were a bit boring, but the view at the top made it worth it! Wonderful view of RMNP. The first part of this hike is very moderate, although it was a bit hot in the mid-morning sun in late May; it only really got difficult for the last mile or so to the summit. Took us 2 hours up, 1.5 hours down. We started around 9am on a Friday and there was hardly any traffic, but it increased as the morning went on.

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4 days ago

I did this Friday night as a sunset hike. There was no one else on the trail. It was pretty steep to begin with but it mellows out after about half way. The view up top is incredible! Overall it was an easy hike and pretty short. There is definetly some major mountain lion activity up here. I saw scat, fur and a recent kill.

I was looking for a trail near Loveland that had water and mountain views, and read the reviews for this trail. It exceeded my expectations. Although rated moderate, it has a pretty gentle grade that allows for a good pace without the need to stop to catch your breath (I'm a flatlander from Texas). The last 1/2 to 3/4 mile the grade gets a little steeper, but not bad at all. The trails is well groomed, which allows for enjoying the views of mountains, valleys, etc. Beautiful all the way, and Cirque Meadows is spectacular. Ditto the other reviews regarding one or two easily passable snow banks, wetness from snow melt in spots. I was all alone until reaching the Meadows, when another hiker caught up to me. Alone on the way down also with no other hikers on the trail. I loved this trail and the solitude.

I loved this trail! There was plenty of shade and great views throughout the hike! As other reviews mention, this is probably between a moderate and difficult level...it’s a fairly steady incline for most of the trail with a steeper climb at the end. However, it’s a great trail to get back in shape for the season as it’s still a little challenging, especially at the end, and it only takes a few hours to complete! There is a creek within the first mile of the hike, but that’s the only water on the trail.

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6 days ago

Awesome trail. Starts steep and then levels off, with bursts of steep climbing. The views of Longs Peak, the outskirts of Estes Park, and RMNP at the top are well worth the trek. There’s a good amount of exposure on the way up coupled with great views of the range. Watch your step, especially on the way down, as loose gravel/pebbles can cause you to lose your footing. I’d absolutely recommend this hike over most others

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6 days ago

The trailhead is hard to find and the beginning is really steep. It’s a short hike but a workout and the views are great. Lots of wildflowers!

Absolutely no trouble getting to Cirque Meadows on the way to Emmaline. A few spots where snowbanks still exist and are melting, so be prepared for wet muddy trails in some places. All in all, beautiful with no trouble spots! After the Meadows, though, is another story... Post-hole paradise.

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6 days ago

Hiked 5/26/2020. Very easy and beautiful up to Cirque Meadows. About .5-1 mile after the Meadows you’ll encounter slushy, post-hole paradise. If you go early enough you won’t need snowshoes until the next set of campsites but then snowshoes are a must—especially on the return treck. Be prepared for multiple layers of clothes—warm weather but significant snow on the ground. Boots, gaiters, snowshoes are essential for the next couple weeks I’d say. If you don’t have these things, be prepared for soaked through boots. Even with those things, I wish I had brought an extra pair of socks. The trail is very difficult to follow due to the amount of snow still present. I criss-crossed the trail at multiple points, kept referring to my GPS watch and eventually just decided to find what path worked best. Some boot prints remaining but after Memorial Day weekend snow, a lot of the tracks were covered up. If it’s your first time hiking this trail, GPS is absolutely essential. FYI about Cirque Lake—it is very snowed over and hard to tell if it’s frozen still or not. Better to just stick to the shoreline and enjoy climbing the massive snowbank up to Emmaline.

Definitely wouldn’t rate this as a difficult hike until the last 1 mile stretch, otherwise it’s pretty moderate. Started at 11am and we’re back to the car by 3pm! We thought it was going to be muddy because of all the rain yesterday, but we had no issues! It was sunny at first with a 20% of rain... so shorts and a tank were nice, but the clouds covered and even snowed a bit when we were at the top! So definitely pack a couple layers if there’s any chance of precipitation. Otherwise, beautiful views of Rocky, & definitely would do again!

Beautiful memorial day! Not too crowded if you start early (we started at 730). Did this trail before sightseeing the Stanley Hotel. Don’t stop until you get to the top or else you’re just wasting your time haha.

This was a beautiful hike. Hard for our family (my husband and I, our two children 9 and 12, and our little Jack Russell mix puppy), but well worth it. The views were magnificent.

Hiked on 5/23. The trail was totally doable without spikes or poles, just a few areas of snow but they were packed down and easily passable with just trail runners. A bit muddy and wet in a few spots due to snowmelt, but this trail was absolutely gorgeous. Views at cirque meadow were amazing!

on Emmaline Lake Trail

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9 days ago

Hiked this trail this morning. Got there around 7:30am. There are only 3-4 parking spots at the trail head so plan on parking along the road. We saw a moose about 1 mile from the trail head and it was 30 yards away from us. We kept walking so not to bother it, but it was a cool sight for sure. We only made it to the Meadows and then the trail was too hard to follow due to snow and water pooling. Will definitely come back later in the season to finish the hike! Awesome views and not very crowded.

This is a beautiful trail. Hiked to the border of RMNP. Wanted to go further but a park ranger was walking toward us. Park is closed for a few more days due to Covid-19. Great diversity in scenery. The trail was busy close to the trailhead but not bad after that. We got the last parking spot in the parking lot mid morning. When we finished the cars were lined up down the road. Just a little mud on the trail but easy to get around. Watch out for horse manure. We saw a total of 5 horses on the trail. 5/23/20

Excellent trail, mostly shaded, several bridges water crossings, lots of birds. Got to trailhead at 730 am - would recommend getting there not much after that if you want a spot in the lot. Went to the RMNP border and back.

Beautiful, mostly heavily wooded trail with great views throughout. Very steep for the first 3/4 mile, i think it goes up almost 1000' in that distance. Got to the trailhead at about 7:15 am on Sunday and didn't see another person until I met up with the crossier mountain summit trail at the top, and it got pretty crowded after that. View from the top is spectacular.

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