“A flat trail that encircles Emerald Lake offering excellent views the whole way.”
— Karl W
Trails can be closed due to bear activity so check if the trail is open and have a back-up plan.
Features: Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
Met a few runners early in the morning before the crowds arrived. This trail would make a pretty great, quick loop run.
This trail starts at the Emerald Lake parking area and goes around the lake in either direction. If you start near the boat house and bathrooms, the trail is paved and great for families or those with limited mobility.
There are a number of benches along the western edge while it is paved as well. The southern and eastern side of the trail is still in excellent condition and great for the family, but is singletrack and dirt. The northern edge is wide and gravel.
The lake is visible from almost the entire trail. Emerald Lake is really beautiful and a deeper green than some of the other milky-blue lakes in the region. When it is smooth, the lake offers wonderful reflections of the stunning mountains around it.