Emerald Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park

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A popular scenic route in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Emerald Lake Trail traverses changing terrain past two lakes and several waterfalls. Starting at the end of Bear Lake Road, this moderate 5 km (3.1 mi) hiking trail offers rewarding views of rocky mountain peaks and diverse geological features, including Hallett Peak and Glacier Gorge. Keep an eye open for local wildlife during the one-hour hike around the lake, and you might spot families of elks or mule deer. If you want to avoid crowds, start early in the morning. Take a look at our Rocky Mountain National Park tour builder site to schedule your visit to Emerald Lake Trail and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • a must do while you are in the rockies ! great hikes and stunning views . go for it. Easy acces and parking lot  more »
  • First of all, the parking spaces are sought after! We drove to the park in the morning, and the driveway to Bear Lake was already closed to private vehicles. So either get back out to the Visitor Center and onto the bus, or an alternative program. We decided on the latter and first drove up the Old Fall River Road, which we liked very much. In the later afternoon we had more luck-probably also because of the very changeable weather-and were able to drive to Bear Lake. First we walked around this lake ... With many other tourists in common. It's an easy hike along the shore, between the trees, accompanied by strip squirrels and birds. After that, we tackled the climb to Emerald Lake. First past Nymph Lake-the name is program and the lake was largely covered with leaves of the water lilies. Then on to Dream Lake. There we have a group of deer cows with calves baffled-in the middle of the hiking trail! Then on to Emerald Lake. The more we left, the fewer hikers accompanied us. When we arrived at the top we found Emerald Lake, surrounded by mountains it is a wonderful environment. Have sat down on the shore and enjoyed the scenery. Then the same way down again to the parking lot. The path is well signposted and walkable, though partly over stick and stone. We took our time, also paused every now and then and enjoyed the moment. So we arrived relaxed at Emerald Lake, and back to the car.
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