Hiking and Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park was an absolutely incredible 4 day experience! Every day was a unique and inspiring new destination that left us at a complete loss for words! We had an absolute blast, and you will too if you follow our 4 day itinerary!
VIDEO TIME STAMPS:
0:00 – Introduction
1:16 – Day 1 – Hiking to Bierstadt Lake and a nature walk around Sprague Lake
2:19 – We saw a moose!!
5:15 – Day 2 – Hiking to Dream Lake and Emerald Lake
6:55 – Day 3 – Hiking to Bear Lake and Alberta Falls and a nature walk through Moraine Park
9:05 – Day 4 – Hiking a loop to Fern Lake, Fern Falls & Cub Lake and a nature walk through another part of Moraine Park!
10:45 – Bonus Hike up Lily Mountain just outside Rocky Mountain National Park!
Stop 1 – Bierstadt Lake
Bierstadt Lake is about a 4 mile round-trip hike, about 1 mile and a half to the lake itself then a 1 mile loop around it. There are 2 separate trail to get to Bierstadt Lake, and both trails are excellent ways to achieve the goal: a morning exploring one of the most stunning lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park: Bierstadt Lake. Bierstadt Lake now holds a special place in our hearts, because it was the location where Zach saw his first moose!
Stop 2 – Sprague Lake
Sprague Lake is more of a lakeside walk than a hike, but it is a MUST on any trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. Sprague Lake is located very close to both Bierstadt Lake trailheads, so it makes sense to do in succession with that hike. The walk around the lake itself is easy, and let’s just say that old saying ‘All good things take time’ was not written by someone who had been to Sprague Lake.
Stop 3 – Dream Lake
Dream Lake is located on the hike to Emerald Lake, at just about the halfway point. FYI, there is a lake called Nymph Lake on the route as well, but this one is much less noteworthy than the larger two. Dream Lake is the most beautiful lake we saw in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was incredible.
Stop 4 – Emerald Lake
Now, Emerald Lake MIGHT be prettier than dream lake in the heat of the summer. This ‘Dream Lake was the prettiest lake we saw’ business might be considered cheating, because a few lakes we hiked to were still frozen over. Emerald Lake was one of those lakes. Now, this lake was STILL beautiful, even covered in ice!
Stop 5 – Bear Lake
Whatever you do, you MUST make a stop at Bear Lake. It’ll be the easiest stop on the adventure, except for maybe Sprague Lake, and you will thank yourself for making the trip. Like most lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park, the best part of the view!
Stop 6 – Alberta Falls
Located a little over a mile from Bear Lake, ALberta Falls is nuique from ANY OTHER of the hikes on our 4 day adventure hiking the Rockies. How so? Well, it is the only waterfall on the adventure!
Stop 7 – Moraine Park
Moraine Park is FREAKING HUGE! There is no way to see it all in one day, unless that is the only thing you do that day. It is enormous AND spectacular, and we saw 57 elk there!
Stop 8 – Fern Lake
Fern Lake itself is 3.8 miles from the Fern Lake trailhead, but you can take it as fast or slow as you care to. And even better? Along the way is Fern Falls, a cascasing waterfalls flowing almost as powerfully as Alberta Falls.
Stop 9 – Cub Lake
We ourselves did not spot any moose here at Cub Lake, however we heard from at least 4 or 5 people who went to Cub Lake on previous days who did see a moose hanging out. We must have went on the day that moose was intermittent fasting or something, because we didn’t find them. However, that shouldn’t take away from Cub Lake itself, because the lake was incredible. It was the bluest lake we saw without a doubt!
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