Lake Haiyaha

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Lake Haiyaha

Lake Haiyaha Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Careful practice is required to nonchalantly recite the name of this lake. Spelling it is best left to authors of trail guides. “Haiyaha” evidently is the word for “big rock” or “boulder” in one of the Native American languages. Certainly glaciers did dump large rocks around the lake in numbers extraordinary even for Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a playground for rock scrambling. The chances for mishap, therefore, might seem high, although hiking history does not describe Haiyaha as specifically dangerous.

A few yards before the trail reaches Dream Lake, a branch left crosses Tyndall Creek toward Lake Haiyaha. Be sure to take a very short detour to stand at the outlet of Dream Lake, the best view of the hike. There is a very lovely vista of Dream Lake from above on the way to Haiyaha, but it is vastly inferior to the view from Dream Lake’s outlet. This view should be experienced whenever you’re in the area, even if you have already stood on Dream’s shore a hundred times."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides)
Kent Dannen
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"Often crowded on the first half, much less so on the second, this trail climbs and descends to a lovely lake whose name is challenging to pronounce and worse to spell. The first half of the hike to Lake Haiyaha follows one of the most popular (and crowded) trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. Avoid the crowds and experience the trail at its best by starting early in the day, as soon after sunrise as you can bear. At the beginning of the hike, there are striking views of Hallett Peak above Bear Lake, seen by detouring a few yards from the Dream Lake Trail."

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Stunning views, less crowded than other lakes along the loop

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
9,475 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,240 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242;
Local Contacts
USGS McHenrys Peak
Local Maps

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