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Emerald Lake

 110 votes

3.3 Miles 5.4 Kilometers

 

85% 

Runnable

100%

Singletrack

661' 201 m

Ascent

-651' -198 m

Descent

10,104' 3,080 m

High

9,476' 2,888 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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An easy to moderate out and back that culminates at views of Emerald Lake.

Brian Smith

Overview

This is a short, fairly easy out-and-back that features Dream and Emerald Lakes.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

From the Bear Lake trailhead, follow the signs for Dream Lake onto this well-traveled, asphalt-sealed trail. Running is very easygoing along the Dream Lake Trail as it contours at very mellow grades up the slope.

Just over 1.5 miles from the TH, you'll reach Nymph Lake, a picturesque mountain lake that makes for a good place to take in the surrounding peaks. Continuing up the trail, you'll eventually cross Tyndall Creek and come to a junction with Lake Haiyaha Trail. Run past this intersection to reach Dream Lake.

Dream Lake is a spectacular, narrow lake that sits in a drainage on the rugged eastern slope of Flattop Mountain. The lake makes for a good resting point on this run. Once you've gotten your fill at Dream Lake, continue running along the trail for another mile until you reach Emerald Lake. This lake is a beautiful sight to see as it sits nestled into the rugged western face of Flattop Mountain.

From Emerald Lake, turn around and run back the way you came to the Bear Lake TH.

Flora & Fauna

This run follows Tyndall Creek up towards its headwaters. Look for riparian vegetation typical of this environment including various willows, mountain alder, and water birch with dark-colored bark. In a few places, blue spruce may grow near streams and sometimes hybridize with Engelmann spruce.

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Sep 29, 2017
Raúl Gross
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