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.
Tours to Emerald Lake Trail
Sunrise photo hike to Dream and Emerald Lakes BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $250
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Emerald Lake Trail reviews
We happened to come here after a cold front hit with snow and ice. The previous day was 90 degrees!! I can’t say I saw anything nice because it was so foggy but I still enjoyed the hike. Of course it.... more »
Beautiful hike. Rated as moderate and most reasonably fit individuals should be able to hike it without much difficulty. Starts at the Bear Lake Trailhead and includes Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, Dream... more »
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