Nymph (9,705′), Dream (9,905′), Emerald  (10,110′) Lakes

Nymph (9,705′), Dream (9,905′), Emerald (10,110′) Lakes

Starting at the Bear Lake Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park, the trail passes Nymph and Dream Lakes and has prominent views of Longs Peak, Glacier Gorge, Flattop Mountain, and Hallett Peak.

StatsRoute DescriptionDirectionsNotes
  • Trailhead:        Bear Lake
  • Round trip:      Nymph 1.1 miles, 1.8 km / Dream 2.2 miles, 3.5 km / Emerald 3.5 miles, 5.6 km
  • Elevation:        Nymph 9,450′-9,705′ (+255′) / Dream 9,450′-9,905′ (+455′) / Emerald 9,450′-10,110′ (+660′)

From Bear Lake the trail makes a steady climb up to the south side of Nymph Lake, which is usually filled with pond lilies. Once around the lake, follow the trail for a fairly steep climb for a short section. There are spectacular views of Longs Peak, Pagoda Mountain, Storm Peak, and the Keyboard of the Winds to your left.

At just over a mile you will reach the Lake Haiyaha junction. Stay to the right and you will arrive at Dream Lake after a short distance. Follow Dream Lake along it’s northern shore. The views here are spectacular.

Once past the lake the trail begins climbing a series of steps. On your left Tyndall Creek rushes down Tyndall gorge, and the jagged peaks of Flattop Mountain can be seen in front of you. Upon reaching Emerald Lake 12,713′ Hallett Peak will be the mountain in front of you and on the right will be the jagged spires of 12,324′ Flattop Mountain.

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GPS track

This track was done in winter when you can walk over the frozen lakes.

Track up to the lakes

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Pictures

  • Nymph Lake snowman (on right)

    Nymph Lake snowman (on right)

  • Sunrise over Nymph Lake

    Sunrise over Nymph Lake

  • Dream Lake trail looking at Longs Peak area

    Dream Lake trail looking at Longs Peak area

  • Deep snow

    Deep snow

  • Longs Peak

    Longs Peak

  • Dream Lake still in early morning shadow

    Dream Lake still in early morning shadow

  • Near Emerald Lake

    Near Emerald Lake

  • Emerald Lake

    Emerald Lake

  • Imposing cliffs

    Imposing cliffs

  • Nymph Lake looking west

    Nymph Lake looking west

  • Back at Dream Lake, trapped bubbles in the ice

    Back at Dream Lake, trapped bubbles in the ice

  • Dream Lake with a break in the clouds

    Dream Lake with a break in the clouds

  • Longs Peak

    Longs Peak

  • Iconic view

    Iconic view

  • Back at Bear Lake and the trailhead

    Back at Bear Lake and the trailhead

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