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I have hiked this trail many times. One of the longer ones, but totally worth it, especially if you are a photographer.

I have hiked this trail many times. One of the longer ones, but totally worth it, especially if you... read more

Reviewed 11 December 2018
One of my favorite hikes

I hiked this trail in early June of 2018, so there was a fair bit of snow on the trail from Dream... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2018
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

I have hiked this trail many times. One of the longer ones, but totally worth it, especially if you are a photographer. After passing by some smaller lakes, the trail ends at Emerald Lake, pristine water surrounded by steep cliffs.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BarbaraG1822
Reviewed 20 November 2018

I hiked this trail in early June of 2018, so there was a fair bit of snow on the trail from Dream Lake onward. The hike is a pretty consistent uphill, so we did take quick stops to catch our breath (we had our 9...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank jenstravels24
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

Went to Outdoor World, rented spikes and headed out from the trailhead around 1 pm. We were there on a Thurs afternoon and had plenty of parking. This is a relatively easy hike, considering the altitude and snow/ice. As Michiganders, we did have to take...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Alligrrrrl
Reviewed 6 November 2018

The trails all string together. We did a point to point from Bear Lake to the prior stop. They are all gorgeous!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Danielle O
Reviewed 29 October 2018

We hiked to Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in September 2018 while on the first leg of a memorable road trip through the U.S. Southwest. At 9:00 A.M. on a fall weekday the Bear Lake parking lot was already full and we were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Canadianstraveling
Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

If you are visiting Rocky Mountains then plan for this trail during sunrise or sunset on a clear summer day. The trail is around the lake and you can see the reflection of the pine trees in the lake and look the reflection of the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank PoonamS_13
Reviewed 22 October 2018

The views at Dream and Emerald Lake are superlative. The best thing about this hike is that it doesn't involve hours and hours of hiking. There is definitely some "up", but in an hour or so you will arrive at Dream Lake. Emerald Lake is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank photoguywisconsin
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Did the hike on October 12, 2018 with family including two grandchildren ten years and seven years. We arrived early as mentioned in other posts. We did have traction devices and trekking poles. I am not sure how those in tennis shoes managed the winter...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank wgraham2018
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 160stefm
Reviewed 11 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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