Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, Emerald Lake, Lake Haiyaha
Rocky Mountain National Park
This is the most popular hike in Rocky Mountain National Park (Emerald Lake). It's easy to see why- good trailhead access, stunning scenery, mild grades, easy trail. In 6 miles you can see 5 different lakes, forest, streams and waterfalls. This Friday morning was quite busy, and a Saturday or Sunday would be even more crowded. This is quite a nice hike, and would be excellent for snowshoeing as well.
I took my sister and nephew from Wisconsin, and my 3 year old son. I was proud of him, he made it 5 miles out of the 6 before I had to carry him. It was his longest hike to date. Altitude doesn't much seem to bother him, but boredom certainly does.
|Nymph lake, filled with lillypads|
|Longs Peak from the Lake Haiyaha spur|
|Nice forest trail|
|Panoramic composite shot of Lake Haiyaha|
1309' of elevation gain
|GPS tracks loaded into Google Earth. We did Emerald first and then Haiyaha.|