Emerald Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park

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A popular scenic route in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Emerald Lake Trail traverses changing terrain past two lakes and several waterfalls. Starting at the end of Bear Lake Road, this moderate 5 km (3.1 mi) hiking trail offers rewarding views of rocky mountain peaks and diverse geological features, including Hallett Peak and Glacier Gorge. Keep an eye open for local wildlife during the one-hour hike around the lake, and you might spot families of elks or mule deer. If you want to avoid crowds, start early in the morning. Take a look at our Rocky Mountain National Park tour builder site to schedule your visit to Emerald Lake Trail and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I was in Denver for business and so close to Rocky mountains National Park I had to see a glimp of that. Rent a car, drive for 2 hours and spend a beautiful day walking the Emerald lake trial. It's re...  more »
  • Leave early – the Beaver Lake parking lots fill up early – or plan to take a shuttle bus from Estes Park. We lucked out and found a spot but if you can’t leave early, good chance of finding parking if...  more »
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