Since both my wife and I had Columbus Day off this year, we decided to take the day and head up to Rocky Mountain National Park. With clear skies and chilly conditions (about 50 degrees with moderate wind), we didn't want to do anything too strenuous, so we opted to check out Emerald Lake, one of the more popular hikes in the park. At just over 3.5 miles out and back, this hike passes by Nymph Lake and Dream Lake and has an elevation gain of 650 feet. Although it's a very easy and accessible trail, the views along the way are quite stunning.
Scenic viewpoint on the way up:
About halfway up the trail we passed Dream Lake, which features a stunning view of Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain to the west.
On the final approach to Emerald Lake, the trail climbs up through a pine forest. Tyndall Creek can be heard flowing through the gorge to the left.
We arrived at Emerald Lake a little after 4pm, as the sun had just started to dip below the ridgeline above. A mist of blowing snow on the crest of the surrounding mountains really made the scene even more special. I'll definitely be coming back to this area of the park again in the future.
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#TrailTime Hike Report: Emerald Lake, RMNP
By Beren Goguen
October 16, 2014
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