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Emerald Lake Trail

Intermediate
 4.7 (18)

A short trail connecting two majestic mountain lakes.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Point to Point

10,113' 3,083 m

High

9,843' 3,000 m

Low

272' 83 m

Up

35' 11 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From the Dream Lake Trail, this trail climbs quickly to Dream Lake. Enjoy the views of Dream Lake and the surrounding rock formations before hiking further up the trail. The grade is mild before it steepens on its way to Emerald Lake. Eventually, you'll top out and descend to the lake.

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Shared By:

Brian Smith with improvements by Barbara Lotsoff

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 18 votes

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in Bear Lake

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#6

in Bear Lake

#43

in Colorado

#180

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Photos

Representing the REI NP Centennial backpack at Dream Lake, looking towards Flattop Mountain (right) and Hallett Peak (left).
May 20, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
The view to Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain from Dream Lake.
Dec 8, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Dancing up a dream.
Apr 23, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
Dream Lake
Jan 8, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Dream Lake
Aug 25, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Views of Hallett Peak (left) and Flattop Mountain (right) from Emerald Lake.
May 20, 2016 near Grand Lake, CO

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Mar 16, 2020
Daniel Edward
Feb 18, 2020
Sarah Haber
Jan 27, 2020
D Fink
Jan 11, 2020
Jen Jen
Snowshoeing hike! Parking lot was barely half full at around 9am.
Dec 25, 2019
David Hunter
Oct 2, 2019
Angela Meyer
Regal finish
Sep 22, 2019
Jereme Leone