Emerald Lake

#3 of 132 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
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Rachel Still

1 Completed0 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 Completed4 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

2 Completed2 Reviews

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

e. ritter

10 Completed11 Reviews

Megan Mazzon

10 Completed10 Reviews

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Haley Baker

7 Completed7 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

2 Completed1 Reviews

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

Sarah Harkins

9 Completed1 Reviews

Kerri Walvoord

6 Completed7 Reviews