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Dream Lake Trail

Intermediate
 4.7 (33)

The main thoroughfare between Bear Lake and Dream Lake.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Point to Point

9,920' 3,024 m

High

9,489' 2,892 m

Low

432' 132 m

Up

9' 3 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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

Description

From the Bear Lake trailhead, follow the signs for Dream Lake onto this well-traveled, asphalt-sealed trail. Hiking is very easygoing along the Dream Lake Trail as it contours at very mellow grades up the slope.

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 a longer hike, or picnic destination from Bear Lake TH.

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  4.7 from 33 votes

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Photos

Long's Peak and aspens
Jan 19, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Dream Lake Trail
Jan 19, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Dream Lake from the Emerald Lake Trail
Aug 24, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
Sunrise on the way to Dream Lake
May 2, 2018 near Estes Park, CO
Longs Peak above Nymph Lake
Oct 1, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
Longs Peak stands prominently in the distance along the Lake Haiyaha Trail.
May 14, 2017 near Estes Park, CO

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May 31, 2020
Jonathan Nicholas
May 30, 2020
Son S
Mar 16, 2020
Daniel Edward
Mar 1, 2020
Sang Lintakoon
snowshoed bear lake to nymph lake & then attempt to dream lake but it was getting late & foggy so we turned around with kelsey and andrea. 35 degrees 0.5mi — 1h 30m
Jan 16, 2020
Daphne Dubach
Dec 31, 2019
Jonathan Nicholas
Dec 30, 2019
Mark Woods
High winds on a clear day but a beautiful hike up to frozen lakes.
Oct 24, 2019
David Mathes