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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 worth doing but it does climb almost constantly, however the views, nature and wildlife you see are worth it. We stopped at nymph and dream lakes on the way and each has its own unique.....  more
    This trail is worth doing but it does climb almost constantly, however the views, nature and wildlife you see are worth it. We stopped at nymph and dream lakes on the way and each has its own unique.....  more »
  • I’m quite overweight, and very out of shape. By going slowly, I was able to hike the entire trail. I also found that hiking poles helped immensely. There’s a lot of steps. I started the hike around.....  more
    I’m quite overweight, and very out of shape. By going slowly, I was able to hike the entire trail. I also found that hiking poles helped immensely. There’s a lot of steps. I started the hike around.....  more »
  • Awesome trail. In early June, there was still a pretty good amount of snow at higher elevations so definitely need hiking shoes and poles would have been helpful. 1.7 miles out and then back. See... 
    Awesome trail. In early June, there was still a pretty good amount of snow at higher elevations so definitely need hiking shoes and poles would have been helpful. 1.7 miles out and then back. See...  more »

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