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Not a too long or difficult hike, with absolutely spectacular views. Good to get there early before... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Stef M
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A beautiful hike from Bear Lake- 1.8 miles each way and about 700 feet up. You will walk by two... read more

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Trail Near Bear Lake, Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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All reviews great hike parking lot park and ride moderate hike elevation gain trout lilly pads bring plenty of water year olds hiking shoes walking stick favorite hike in great shape beautiful scenery mile round trip well worth the effort an early start
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Not a too long or difficult hike, with absolutely spectacular views. Good to get there early before the crowds arrive.

Thank Stef M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Picture 9 a.m. weekday morning in October with rain and 40 degrees. Well, that didn't discourage the 400-500 people that we saw on the Emerald Lake Trail. Despite the crowd (not nearly as bad as in the summer according to the rangers), the trail was...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful hike from Bear Lake- 1.8 miles each way and about 700 feet up. You will walk by two other lakes- Nymph and Dream. The Park Service has placed logs across the trail between Nymph and Emerald; as a result you will be climbing...More

Thank gsrs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked around Bear Lake first the did this one including 2 other lakes on the way up. The view from Dream Lake was the best of Hallet Peak. The trail climbs about 600ft and is a there and back trail 3.2 miles for this...More

Thank geoffviking
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A relatively easy hike, rewarded at every turn with glorious views. Many reviewers have said the same - a busy trail, a must do nonetheless. Absolutely agree. We hiked in mid afternoon when fewer people. Glorious every step of the way. And a hike I...More

1  Thank Anna99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I visited Rocky Mountain National Park for two days and spent an afternoon hiking the Emerald Lake trail. It is a busy area with several other trails close by. Be sure to watch the signs indicating available parking at Bear Lake. We...More

1  Thank luvs2travel4fun494
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beginning at Bear Lake, the trail to Emerald Lake passes Nymph Lake with many water lilies, Dream Lake with water so clear that you can see the fish, before it reaches beautiful Emerald Lake at the base of Hallet's Peak, one of the most photographed...More

1  Thank annjh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning views. Hiking hits 3 other lakes on your way up to emerald lake. You will see bear lake, nymph lake, dream lake, then finally arrive to emerald lake. More enjoyable in the morning, less crowds. Water was gorgeous!

1  Thank MAR319
Reviewed 9 September 2018

There were hundreds of people hiking here! Very popular hiking spot with many trails to choose from. Nimph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes trails were pretty easy, but when you are at a higher altitude, they are a bit more challenging. We are both 60, and...More

1  Thank llama
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

This is a great hike whether are experienced or not. The great thing about this hike is that you see 3 beautiful lakes and they are spaced out in such a way that if you aren’t experienced, you break evenly. Nymph is at .5 mile,...More

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18 July 2018|
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Response from Richard R | Reviewed this property |
Greetings RM, Unfortunately, there are no campsites between Bear Lake and Emerald Lake in the Tyndall Gorge. To find an available back country campsite in the area you will need to contact the Back Country Office for Rocky... More
lindsey c
19 May 2018|
Response from RaTaPa | Reviewed this property |
If you are coming at 6 you shouldn't have a problem on a week day. I am not sure about the weekend. A 62 year old could do this hike with breaks. It is about an hour of walking. There are no rock scrambles. Be sure to take... More