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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You will not regret taking this snowy hike. Dream lake is beautiful, you can even bring your skates, and the extra effort to continue on to Emerald lake is worth it. It was definitely good advice to..... more »
My reserved entrance was for noon. I was a bit worried about parking based on all the comments, but the park and ride had smoke space. I waited 5 minutes for the shuttle in both directions. On the... more »
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