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Emerald Lake Hike RMNP

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Distance: 1.9 miles


Hike to Bear, Nymph, Dream and Emerald Lakes in Tyndall Gorge
  • Bear Lake
  • Nymph Lake
  • Aspen on Dream Lake trail
  • Hallet peak from Dream Lake trail
  • Crossing Tyndall Creek
  • Dream Lake
  • Dream lake
  • Dream lake
  • Dream Lake
  • Emerald Lake

The hike up through Tyndall Gorge to these lakes is a popular one and for good reason. The hike is easily done in a few hours so that the hiker can take his time and hang out at various spots and not have to rush out before dark. The hike does not entail any strenuous climbs but mainly gentler uphill grades. Due to it's popularity, it may not be the hike for one who is seeking seclusion in the wilderness. We went in September however and only crossed paths with a handful of hikers. It is a great 'first time' hike for folks who want to get out of their cars and experience the park more intimately but are not sure about how much hiking they can do. Definitely one of the more accessible treasures of RMNP.

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Melissa W
Jan 01, 2014

This is a very scenic hike. Took my 9 yr old son & 10 yr old nephew on this hike and they loved it. Spotted a few yellow-bellied marmots and a pika at Emerald Lake. We stopped for a breather & a snack at Dream Lake where my husband spotted some trout swimming in the crystal clear water. Definitely an easy hike, but saw too many people having trouble because they weren't wearing proper shoes. Slick soled shoes are a no-no.

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Jonathan Wise
Dec 27, 2013

Great hike with spectacular views.

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