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“Emerald Lake hike”
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Owner description: Peaceful lake nestled in the mountains and surrounded by lush, green forest.
San Jose, California
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Emerald Lake hike”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

there is a trail that wraps around Emerald Lake. This trail is an easy one - about 5.2km - which would probably take 2 hours with some dilly-dally. About 1/2 of the trail very close to the lake that you could hear the water slapping against the shore. We were here in the 2nd week of June so it is still fairly wet . Approx 1/2 of the trail is well shaded by the trees and therefore are a bit marshy. This was our first hike of our trip in the area. My first impression is that it's hard to find a setting where you can walk next to an emerald hue lake that is bounded all sides by jagged snow-capped peaks with streams and creeks criss-crossing which ever way. Even though this time was supposed to be low season, we run into other hikers fairly often yet would still be able to find shorefront benches empty when we want to sit down. These benches are all on the west side of the lake. Thus, it's best to start on the east side of the loop.

Seems that the businesses in this area close down early around 5pm when the sun is still out in full force. We were hoping to get a bite from the side stand of the Cilantro establishment (less expensive). But by the time we finished our hike, they were all gone.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Kim N
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Fredericton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“A nice place to stop for Lunch”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

There is a lovely lodge here. Some great hikes, around the lake, up to the falls...You can also rent Canoes and spend some time paddling the lake. A must see.

1 Thank maggiemaeCanada
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Denver, Colorado
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226 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Not frozen!”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

The color of this lake was unreal! We took a nice stroll along the shore, ate in the lodge and rented canoes. The food was very good at the lodge, I would love to stay here in one of the cabins, for a quiet getaway. I wonder if it is as quiet later in the summer. We wanted to go to Moraine lake but the road was not accessible. This was a good substitute.

Visited May 2013
3 Thank smileyeye
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Charlottesville, VA
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Beautiful water”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is one of the few lakes that captured the rock flour and blue green water in May. Lake Louise is still mostly frozen at this time of the year. The lodge has great fire pits, views, fireplaces and a restaurant. Good for summer months.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank researchlady
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Calgary, Canada
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388 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
“Stop at Natural Bridge on the way”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

The lake was beautiful even in the spring when it was still frozen. It is worth a stop even though it was a bit busy and touristy. Don't miss Natural Bridge on the road up to Emerald Lake, it is really neat and worth a stop.

Visited May 2013
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