Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

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Dream Lake is a high alpine lake located in Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado, located east of the continental divide.

The lake is at the base of Hallett Peak and access is via the popular Bear Lake trail head. It is well known for its stunning views caused by surrounding steep cliffs, and a popular destination for casual hiking.

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  • Easy hike and such beautiful views! Lots of people even when arriving early in the morning. If you’re not used to the altitude you will feel it a bit more. 
    Easy hike and such beautiful views! Lots of people even when arriving early in the morning. If you’re not used to the altitude you will feel it a bit more.  more »
  • Gorgeous and peaceful little lake. The water is very calm, and you can see fish swimming around. Only accessible by hiking. It’s about a mile to get to. Quite a few steps. 
    Gorgeous and peaceful little lake. The water is very calm, and you can see fish swimming around. Only accessible by hiking. It’s about a mile to get to. Quite a few steps.  more »
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  • Dream Lake is one of the most recognizable and beautiful lakes in all of Rocky Mountain National Park! It is hard to beat it any time of year but I always love going here in the winter when the lake is frozen over and the waves of ice are formed on it. It can get very windy up there so taking a jacket is always recommended any time of the year. It's a relatively simple hike and you can take your time and rest if you are tired from the decent elevation gain along the trail. The view of Hallet Peak from the lake is one of my favorite aspects of this hike. If you feel good once you get there, you can trek a little further to Emerald Lake if you want a better view of Hallet Peak. If you only have time for one hike in Rocky Mountain then this is a great choice! Parking at Bear Lake fills up quick so make sure you go early if you want a spot!
  • Our marriage almost ended on the trails in the Rocky Mountain National Park numerous times. But, through the rain, hail, and wind, there was sunshine, beautiful scenery, and timeless memories that were made along the way. In the end, it was totally worth it.

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