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Emmaline Lake

Intermediate

Trail

5.6 mile 9.0 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,989' 606 m
Descent: -2' -1 m
High: 11,002' 3,353 m
Low: 9,014' 2,747 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)

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Trail shared by Joel Larner

A beautiful trail leading into the Comanche Peak Wilderness with an impressive cirque at the top.

Joel Larner

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

This is a high travel area. Camping is limited to developed campsites in the Cirque Meadow ONLY. No camping within a mile or more of the cirque. The camping boundary is well signed on the trail.

Description

From the Tom Bennett Campground continue up FS 145 a very short way to the fork with FS 147. There is a trailhead sign there, though with a 4WD you can drive part way up FS 147. A normal clearance 4WD will go less than a half mile before having to pull off the road. A higher clearance 4WD can make it to a gate about 3/4 mile up FS 147.

The road will slowly converge down to a singletrack. There are a few tougher areas to navigate as you get higher on the trail, though there are plenty of cairns to mark the way if you look around. The trail gets steeper as you approach Cirque Lake, then it's a quick jaunt up to Emmaline Lake from there.

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Sep 23, 2018
J Biz
Beautiful views, but the trail isn't the greatest. Needs some work. 11.2mi
Nov 12, 2016
Bobby Biles
Very easy hiking day. Trail is very runnable, but that wasn't today's mission. 13mi

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  4.4 from 11 votes

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Panorama at Emmaline Lake.
Jul 10, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Waterfall enroute to the Cirque Lakes.
Jul 10, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Cirque Lake.
Jul 10, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Falls next to trail
Aug 1, 2018 near Estes Park, CO
View from Cirque Meadows
Aug 6, 2018 near Estes Park, CO
Heart Leaf Arnica.
Jul 15, 2016 near Estes Park, CO

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