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Emerald Lake Trail

 

Trail Stats

 

Distance - 3.4 Miles

Elevation Gain/Loss - 700 ft.

Max Elevation Reached - 10,138 ft.

Difficulty Level - Easy

Trailhead - Link

 

Track

 

  

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Description

   

The Emerald Lake Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. Located in the Bear Lake area, it is one of many such equally popular hikes and sees a lot of traffic in the summer. The trailhead is located at Bear Lake and can be reached using the Park's free bus as well as personal automobiles.

   

All trails in this area are well marked. Follow the trail to Emerald Lake, which first takes you to Nymph Lake and then to Dream Lake before reaching its final destination. You can enjoy great views of the surrounding peaks throughout the hike. There are even a couple of unnamed (I think) waterfalls en route. As you get closer to Emerald Lake, you find yourself deep in the glacier carved gorge between Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain. The sheer walls of the peaks block all but the view of Tyndall Glacier straight ahead. These peaks and this glacier sit right on the Continental Divide, an important geographic feature that, in my opinion, adds some serious brownie points to this park!

 

Elevation Profile

 

 

Trail Log

 

July 3rd, 2009

      

Photos - Link 

     

Notes -

 

Nandini. N, Sesh. K and I did this hike during out visit to RMNP over the 4th of July weekend. Our original plan was to hike up to Flattop Mountain. But we started a bit too late and the park rangers advised us against heading to higher altitudes because of bad weather. We were glad we heeded their warning. We ultimately ended up hiking most of this trail in rain. I did not get as many good pictures as I would have liked.

  

We did not see much wild life on this trail. Only squirrels. The trail wasn't as crowded as I would have expected, probably because of the rains. We had the trail to ourselves beyond Dream Lake.

 

Here are more photos from this trip. 

Here is another hike I did on this trip. 

  

    

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