Emerald Lake

#3 of 132 trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Emerald Lake is a 3.6 mile out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a river. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until November.

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Sheila Dicostanza (68)

4 Completed3 Reviews

Relatively easy hike with multiple great viewpoints along the way

Cameron Chafin (192)

11 Completed11 Reviews

Awesome Spring snowshoe trail! Beautiful views.

Alicia Finchem (194)

5 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful hike but a bit crowded when my husband and I went. All in all Estes Park is beautiful no matter where you are.

Corey Summers (13)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Incredible view!

Timothy McDuffie (302)

4 Completed3 Reviews

awesome views, but wow... way too many people. granted, with a trail this mellow and easily accessible its not unexpected. definitely worth braving the crowds.

Keith Walter (141)

3 Completed3 Reviews

Agree with general comments about the crowds - but hikers (even tourist hikers) are generally a friendly lot. So the crowds do not distract as long as you are prepared. If you want solitude, try another trail or start out before 6AM. For an out of shape ex-smoker, this was a great hike and challenging enough to give a sense of accomplishment (though only takes 45 min up to the top) without killing me the next day. A very fun hike in one of our national treasures. Great for young kids and older adults.

Kacy Grady (256)

6 Completed7 Reviews

Brian Lundin (288)

7 Completed7 Reviews

Really fun trail, family friendly with three great lakes along the way. In the busy season it can be really crowded, almost too crowded for my taste. When you have to circle a park and ride lot for 15 minutes, ride a shuttle for 20 and fight crowds to the first lake it starts to feel like an amusement park.

Still, the trail itself is great. Just try to avoid peak times.

Ashley Petry (47)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Very congested during the day, especially on the weekends... But we did a sunset hike this year and it was amazing!!!

Joey Angstman (41)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike. Takes you past several lakes with a great view of the glacier-carved U-shaped valley.