Nymph Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park is a short, sweet, fairytale-like hike for all skill levels. A perfect trail to see Colorado’s Rocky Mountains without much effort in all its majestic glory.


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Starting at the Bear Lake Trailhead this 1.1 mile out and back hike has a minor steady incline before reaching Nymph Lake.

NOTE: Bear Lake located at the Trailhead is beautiful if you are not up to a hike, take a stroll on the Bear Lake Loop around Bear Lake. One of the most popular spots in Rocky Mountain National Park.




Views of snowcapped Longs Peak 14er as we hiked up are stunning. It’s late May today and the sun is warm, the trail is snowcovered yet passable.

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When hiking in Colorado during late winter and far into springtime – owning a pair of YakTraks (for traction) will make your hike safer and easier! Simply attach to the bottom of your hiking boot. Lightweight and easy to use. 


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A little over a 1/2 mile and we have arrived at the south end of Nymph Lake. Perfect for families with small children to explore and picnic.

Non-essentials but fun to have when hiking in Colorado’s wilderness areas Binoculars, Wildflower Identification, & What’s that animal track?.

Another family-friendly hike we found in the Park that we loved is Cub Lake Trail. a wildlife wonder!




A trail leads around Nymph Lake where views of Hallett Peak can be seen and where the trail to Dream Lake begins. Nymph Lake Trail is the Gateway to Dream Lake and Emerald Lake as you hike farther up the trail.

Ready to keep going? > CLICK HERE – for a look at hiking past Nymph Lake to Dream and Emerald Lakes. One of the most spectacular hikes we have hiked in Colorado.

The trail to Nymph Lake and the lakes beyond are heavily trafficked and parking at Bear Lake Trailhead is tricky. Come early or take the shuttle in the summer months. We found parking at Glacier Gorge Basin Trailhead and hiking towards Alberta Falls which has a trail connecting to Bear Lake was a better option.

For a trail map, >CLICK HERE. For shuttle Info, >CLICK HERE


1.1 mile out & back

Rated: easy

Located: Rocky Mountain National Park


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