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3.6 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~605 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Rocky Mountain National Park Topo Map

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Emerald Lake Trail (RMNP)

Colorado | Rocky Mountain

  • Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Longs Peak from the Emerald Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Activities & Features


The hike to Emerald Lake begins at the Bear Lake Trailhead. Hikers will pass several beautiful lakes along the way including Bear Lake and Dream Lake. The trail climbs a little more than 600 ft. in less than two miles as it goes deeper into the Tyndall Gorge. Once you hikers arrive at Emerald Lake they are greeted with incredible alpine scenery. At 12,713 ft. Hallett Peak rules the skyline directly above the lake. Nearby, Jagged Flattop Mountain soars to the sky and water supplied by the Tyndall Glacier feeds the crystal clean lake. There is plenty of camping available in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Contact: Rocky Mountain National Park 1000 Highway 36 Estes Park, CO 80517

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