ElevationAscent: 661' 201 m
Descent: -651' -198 m
High: 10,104' 3,080 m
Low: 9,476' 2,888 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“An easy to moderate out and back that culminates at views of Emerald Lake.”— Brian Smith
Family Friendly This hike is short enough and gradual enough to bring along young kids. You can turn around whenever you want and there are many great picnic sport along the way!
Just over 1.5 miles from the TH, you'll reach Nymph Lake, a picturesque mountain lake that makes for a good place to take in the surrounding peaks. Continuing up the trail, you'll eventually cross Tyndall Creek and come to a junction with Lake Haiyaha Trail. Hike past this intersection to reach Dream Lake.
Dream Lake is a spectacular, narrow lake that sits in a drainage on the rugged eastern slope of Flattop Mountain. The lake makes for a good resting point on this hike. Once you've gotten your fill at Dream Lake, continue hiking along the trail for another mile until you reach Emerald Lake. This lake is a beautiful sight to see as it sits nestled into the rugged western face of Flattop Mountain.
From Emerald Lake, turn around and hike back the way you came to the Bear Lake TH.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park