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Emerald Lake Approach

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An easy skin in with some amazing scenery!


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.3

KM

Ascent

10,110' 3,082 m

High

9,488' 2,892 m

Low

627' 191 m

Up

6' 2 m

Down

9%

Avg Slope (5°)

24%

Max Slope (14°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

From the Bear Lake parking area (there will be great signage and there should be a established skin track but one still needs to pay attention), skin-up and head out on the Dream Lake trail. Follow Dream Lake trail to the Emerald Lake trail and continue along until you reach Emerald Lake, the massive 1000' north face of Hallett Peak and the impressive Dragontail and Dead Elk couloirs. Enjoy the scenery!

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Photos

Approaching Dream Lake.
Apr 11, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
DT Couloir on March 23, 2022 @ 2300.  Taken from Emerald Lake
Mar 26, 2022 near Grand Lake, CO
Swimming through snow below the dream lake chutes
Feb 21, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Snowing hard. There are two obvious couloirs above. The large open one is Dragontail couloir and the smaller one to the left is Dead Elk couloir.
Mar 12, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Looking up Dead Elk (left) and Dragontail (right). April 2015.
May 2, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Dumping on a beautiful approach.
Mar 12, 2015 near Estes Park, CO

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Jun 11, 2022
Jake Albright
Feb 20, 2021
Brad O
Skied the Apron, soft and fun
Apr 20, 2019
Antonino Del Rossa
Feb 10, 2019
Aaron Squire
Decent snow overall, some rotten areas depending on the aspect. The east slope on the western side of emerald lake is fairly icy w/ soft spots. 4.5mi
Feb 10, 2019
Trent Hillier
Jan 20, 2019
Blake Gansborg