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Emerald Lake Trail

Trail Near Bear Lake, Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
+1 970-586-1206
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Beautiful Trail, especially nice on the shoulder seasons

We really enjoy this trail. It is best in off season or during week as it is a very popular trail... read more

Reviewed December 8, 2017
WJD_CO
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Longmont, Colorado
Icy!!

Very icy...I am a good hiker and thought this was an easy walk. Right now through the winter Yes... read more

Reviewed December 5, 2017
Brigetta A
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Remsen
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“great hike” (35 reviews)
“parking lot” (31 reviews)
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Trail Near Bear Lake, Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Reviewed December 8, 2017

We really enjoy this trail. It is best in off season or during week as it is a very popular trail. Lake is beautiful, and you can use the shuttle to bear lake if busy. We have hiked on above to flattop mountain and on...More

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Reviewed December 5, 2017 via mobile

Very icy...I am a good hiker and thought this was an easy walk. Right now through the winter Yes!!! Definitely get those rental microspikes and poles for 9 in town....then you will enjoy this hike

Thank Brigetta A
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Reviewed November 18, 2017

We hiked from Bear Lake to Nymph Lake as we did not have time. The hike is somewhat easy, not too rocky and not too steep. At times it might seem that it's such a long walk, but we eventually made it to the next...More

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Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

This hike to the four lakes: Bear, Nymph, Dream, and Emerald is rated as easy. However, it is uphill most of the way and with the altitude it wasn't super easy. It was also lightly snowing. Recommend shoes with a good trend. It got rather...More

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Reviewed November 9, 2017

This is a great hike for people of all ages. Parking is limited though, especially in the off season when they don't have the shuttles running. Get there early!

1  Thank Andy B
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Reviewed November 8, 2017

This hike was well worth the trip! Don't cut yourself short and stop at Dream Lake, keep going! The trail is easy (however, I strongly suggest getting acclimated to the elevation a day before hiking!). Due to the vastness of the view I couldn't get...More

Thank Smith707
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Reviewed October 28, 2017

Great for the whole family with pay offs frequently along the way! Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, a little waterfall, Emerald lake, easy log crossings. There is a bit of up and down, so the altitude can take the wind out of your lungs if you...More

1  Thank HappyTrippinMamma
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Reviewed October 15, 2017

This is an easy 3.6 mile round trip hike gaining only 600 feet of elevation. You will see three lakes, Nymph, Dream and Emerald. If you are from a low elevation it may be wise to spend a few days in the area getting use...More

Thank Thomas N
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

We had wanted to hike to Sky Pond but because the weather was less than ideal, decided on Emerald Lake since it wouldn't require any climbing on wet and dangerous rocks. We got to the park early (7:30am) and were able to park right at...More

1  Thank needa123
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Reviewed October 3, 2017

By Rocky Mtn. Nat. Pk. standards, not a difficult hike but to city folks = its a bit of a trek! All the hikes in this park begin at a high altitude so any that go UP, and most do, are difficult for city dwellers....More

1  Thank ronbV8543YT
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Randlyn C
April 9, 2018|
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Response from WJD_CO | Reviewed this property |
Glacier Meadows Campground is on the way to Bear Lake, and the starting place for Emerald Lake Trail. There is a shuttle in the summer that can take you to Bear Lake since parking there can be full on weekends or in summer... More
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O_Zhanna
August 26, 2017|
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Response from Lisa O | Reviewed this property |
Not possible to travel this path with a stroller.
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