Emerald Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park

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Must see · Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
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 was pretty arduous. I think our fitbits logged 80-ish floors of elevation. The lake was very nice although there were some annoying people there hogging the entire lakefront for some...  more »
  • Wow!! Every turn there is a beautiful view. Not the most difficult hike by any stretch but will get your blood flowing. This is a can't miss trail at RMNP.  more »

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