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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Beautiful lake hike, definitely recommend going all the way to Emerald if you're able because it is the most scenic. Dream Lake is also very pretty. I struggled with the elevation the whole week we... more »
We added RMNP to an existing itinerary, at the last minute. We were told by most rangers as well as a Bear Lake guidebook that this hike was easy. Let me clarify this for readers. When we went on... more »
We hiked to Emerald Lake today and loved every moment. Very slushy and icy for maybe 2/3 of the trail....we took the advice of another reviewer who recommended microspikes which you can rent for... more »
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