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.
Tours to Emerald Lake Trail
Emerald Lake Trail reviews
We were at the Park for half a day and did the perfect hike. I would say that the difficulty was Easy to Intermediate and the roundtrip was 3.6 miles. What was super nice about it was that at... more »
Beautiful hike! It’s a challenging hike but perfect for kids and adults- The view at the top is beautiful so spend sometime up there - bring snack for the kiddos!! more »
Plan your trip to Rocky Mountain National Park
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park
Nature in Rocky Mountain National Park
Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park
Hidden gems in Rocky Mountain National Park
Side trips from Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearby attractions in Rocky Mountain National Park
Trips to Emerald Lake Trail by other users
8 days in Fort Collins BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Annual Flower Trial Garden The Cupboard Cache La Poudre River 6 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Denver Rocky Mountain National Park Leadville 6 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Denver Rocky Mountain National Park Leadville 2 days in Estes Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Cub Lake Trail Emerald Lake Trail Bierstadt Lake 8 days in Cañon City, Denver & Rocky Mountain National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Cañon City Denver Rocky Mountain National Park 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Owensboro Custer Badlands National Park