Emerald Lake

EASY
#3 of 102 trails in Rocky Mountain National Park
Emerald Lake is a 3.1 mile out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until November.

3.1 miles 616 feet Out & Back
hiking forest lake river snow no dogs
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Gene Geary
2 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

dave stahlhut
9 days ago

11 Completed14 Reviews

5/15/16 Awesome views!!! We worked on this trail with crampons, the snow drifts made the inclines a lot harder than it would be bare. the best part of it was the felled tree at the lake to sit on! We seem to have moved faster than everyone on the trail....

dave stahlhut
9 days ago

11 Completed14 Reviews

5/15/16 Awesome views!!! We worked on this trail with crampons, the snow drifts made the inclines a lot harder than it would be bare. the best part of it was the felled tree at the lake to sit on! We seem to have moved faster than everyone on the trail....

dave stahlhut
9 days ago

11 Completed14 Reviews

5/15/16 Awesome views!!! We worked on this trail with crampons, the snow drifts made the inclines a lot harder than it would be bare. the best part of it was the felled tree at the lake to sit on! We seem to have moved faster than everyone on the trail....

dave stahlhut
9 days ago

11 Completed14 Reviews

5/15/16 Awesome views!!! We worked on this trail with crampons, the snow drifts made the inclines a lot harder than it would be bare. the best part of it was the felled tree at the lake to sit on! We seem to have moved faster than everyone on the trail....

dave stahlhut
9 days ago

11 Completed14 Reviews

5/15/16 Awesome views!!! We worked on this trail with crampons, the snow drifts made the inclines a lot harder than it would be bare. the best part of it was the felled tree at the lake to sit on! We seem to have moved faster than everyone on the trail....

dave stahlhut
9 days ago

11 Completed14 Reviews

5/15/16 Awesome views!!! We worked on this trail with crampons, the snow drifts made the inclines a lot harder than it would be bare. the best part of it was the felled tree at the lake to sit on! We seem to have moved faster than everyone on the trail....

Tara Swanepoel
1 month ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful and fairly easy trail. If you aren't accustomed to higher elevations, the altitude will give your lungs a workout.

Jeff Lowe
2 months ago

8 Completed5 Reviews

Awesome hike. Much more snow than expected, but still manageable without snowshoes. The off trail bobsled like slide made the last .3 amazing fun.

Rachel Still
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Pretty rough without snow shoes but a beautiful hike. My husband and our 7 month old baby went and it was great. Will return during the summer to camp for sure.

Val Howard
4 months ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

This was our very first hike and we absolutely loved it. The initial incline was slow going for us as beginners, but after that it was smooth sailing. There are many great views along the way to stop and enjoy the beauty of the park! We packed a light lunch and ate at the lake. The chipmunks were a little overly friendly during our lunch!

As others have said, it's good to go early. On the way up we didn't see very many people. But on the way back down the trail was actually pretty crowded!

Grace DeRosa
4 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Gorgeous! Lots of people out mid-day, so start early. The views made up for the crowds.

e. ritter
4 months ago

10 Completed11 Reviews

Megan Mazzon
5 months ago

10 Completed10 Reviews

k h.
7 months ago

Haley Baker
7 months ago

12 Completed11 Reviews

This is a very short, fairly simple hike. It's gorgeous the entire way up, with lots of places to go out on rocks and enjoy panoramic views of the Park. We went fairly early, around 7:45 am, and only saw 2 other families on our way up. However, I would suggest people who don't like sharing their views with others go early because on our way back down at 10:30 am, we passed probably 75 people.

All in all, gorgeous hike.

Joshua Rasmussen
7 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike. Beautiful! A bit crowded but manageable. Highly recommended!

Sarah Harkins
7 months ago

9 Completed1 Reviews

Kerri Walvoord
7 months ago

6 Completed7 Reviews

Abbie 3.
7 months ago

Loved it! It was a dream. The hike to the Emerald lake passes by Nymph and Dream Lakes, each of which have their characteristic beauty..