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Bear, Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lake

Today we headed into Rocky Mountain National Park again for the 4th time this summer. We decided to do the most popular hike in all of Rocky Mountain National Park; the hike to Emerald Lake. It starts at the Bear Lake trailhead, and you pass two other lakes along the way (Nymph Lake and Dream Lake). On our way back, we stopped by Bear Lake (since it's 250 feet from the trail head). Of all the four lakes we hiked to, Nymph Lake was our favorite because of the wild Lillies floating in the water. The weather was pretty good, upper 60's, but it was pretty windy at the lakes.

The the whole hike was a little over 3.5 miles long and a little over 1,000 feet of elevation gain. The lakes were spaced out about a half-mile from each other, so it didn't take very long to get to the last lake. Total hiking time was 2 hours and 22 minutes from start to finish.

Trailhead Location
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3.5 mi 2.4 hrs 10,475 ft 1,000 ft
Partial Moon
Nymph Lake
Clouds Rolling In
Hidden Behind Trees
Elk On a Hike
On the Edge
Flowing Water
Tall Grass
Over the Bridge
Hallett Peak
Dream Lake
Setting Moon
Over the Rocks
3 Little Bugs
By the River
Emerald Lake
Blurred Hallett Peak
Color Changing
In the Valley
Bear Lake