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Date Sunday  2/18/2018
End Date
Group Shining Mountains
Event Title Emerald Lake Snowshoe
Start Time 8:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Caroline Schmiedt
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Casual
Classification Moderate A
Trail Mileage 3.2
Elevation Gain 620
Driving Distance


We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Estes Park Visitors Center in Estes Park. The address is 500 Big Thompson Avenue (located on Hwy 34 just east of the intersection of Hwy 34 and 36).

For more info Contact

Contact the trip leader, Caroline Schmiedt, to register.

Phone 970-613-9707



The trip will begin at Bear Lake. From there we will snowhoe past pristine alpine lakes including Nymph Lake and Dream Lake on our way to Emerald Lake. We will be treated to beautiful views of rocky peaks including Hallett Peak. Emerald Lake is at the heart of the Tyndall Gorge, towered over by the Tyndall Glacier and crowned by the Continential Divide. We will take in amazing scenery during our adventure. This is a great trip for someone who is new to snowshoeing, or someone who is interested in a shorter first snowshoe trip of the season.  

Participants should be familiar with and bring the Ten Essentials. Contact the trip leader with any questions. In addition to snowshoes, participants should bring warm clothing including waterproof boots and pants, a warm parka, hat, gloves and extra layers.  Bring extra food and water. A thermos of hot apple cider or hot chocolate is a good idea. Poles are highly recommended. Gaiters may be needed, as well as face protection or goggles.There can be high winds on Dream and Emerald Lakes.


Due to high winds, the Emerald Lake snowshoe was changed to a snowshoe in Wild Basin. The group hiked one mile down the road to the trailhead, then made it up the trail as far as Calypso Cascades. The total distance was 6 miles with 1,000 feet of elevation gain.

There were some new members on the hike. Everyone had a good trip.