Dream Lake

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Dream Lake

Dream Lake Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
9,475 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,900 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Contacts
USGS McHenrys Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Local Maps