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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  • This trail is perfect if you prefer shorter hikes. While it is one of the busiest (if not THE busiest) trail, I found that everyone walking the trail and stopping at the gorgeous overlooks and lakes w...  more »
  • This is a fantastic spot to sit and relax on some lake side rocks. It was June and we got a bit chilly, so prepare for the weather.  more »
  • Hiked all the way to Emerald, not that far on a map, but the elevation gain gives you a new perspective- the little waterfall you can see from Bear Lake, you will be standing beside in a hour or so- v...  more »

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