Hiking Trails in Rocky Mountain
Rocky Mountain National Park is an alpine hiker’s paradise. Trails of all lengths and difficulties lead to hundreds of beautiful features. We personally have only scratched the surface of what is here, but below we present some of what we have seen. They are mostly of the dayhike variety.
Hiking distances given below are total, roundtrip distances unless otherwise stated. Difficulties are only a general guideline, for an adult in good condition, and do not take into account trail length. We strongly recommend you also have a good TRAILMAPLINK with you.
The Hike: This short trail is relatively easy, and leads quickly to this falls on East Inlet Creek. For those entering the park from the Grand Lake side, this is the best choice for a first hike in the park.
The Hike: This is a hike that can be taken for as long as you like. The trail leads to many outstanding destinations, but one of the shortest and easiest is to Alberta Falls, perhaps the most popular hiking destination in the park.
Emerald, Dream, and Nymph Lakes
The Hike: This highly scenic trip packs four lakes into one hike of less than 2 mile one-way. It starts at Bear Lake, skirts Nymph Lake at 0.5 miles and Dream Lake at 1.1 miles, before finally arriving at Emerald Lake at 1.8 miles. This hike has a lot of uphill, and given the 10,000 foot elevations can be quite difficult for those not prepared for the altitude.
The Hike: This is a simple loop hike that wraps around Sprague Lake. This is a very popular and easy walk to some great views. The best views, with the mountains in the backdrop, are from the back part of the loop.