Dream Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

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It was not whim or hyperbole that caused a 1913 outing by the Colorado Mountain Club to select the name Dream Lake. Dream Lake exhibits unsurpassed spectacular beauty. It is the highlight of an easy but authentic hike, and the trip there is similarly beautiful. Of course this is the most popular hike in the national park. The Dream Lake Trail’s initial 0.5 mile of disintegrating asphalt ascends through lodgepole pine forest that grew after a devastating 1900 forest fire begun by picnickers who ignorantly believed that a campfire was an essential part of a visit to the wilds.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

It was not whim or hyperbole that caused a 1913 outing by the Colorado Mountain Club to select the name Dream Lake. Dream Lake exhibits unsurpassed spectacular beauty. It is the highlight of an easy but authentic hike, and the trip there is similarly beautiful. Of course this is the most popular hike in the national park.

The Dream Lake Trail’s initial 0.5 mile of disintegrating asphalt ascends through lodgepole pine forest that grew after a devastating 1900 forest fire begun by picnickers who ignorantly believed that a campfire was an essential part of a visit to the wilds.

© 2015 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 9,475 feet
Top Elevation: 9,900 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS McHenrys Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Dream Lake

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