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Bear, Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lake

Today we headed into Rocky Mountain National Park again for the 4th time this summer. We decided to do the most popular hike in all of Rocky Mountain National Park; the hike to Emerald Lake. It starts at the Bear Lake trailhead, and you pass two other lakes along the way (Nymph Lake and Dream Lake). On our way back, we stopped by Bear Lake (since it's 250 feet from the trail head). Of all the four lakes we hiked to, Nymph Lake was our favorite because of the wild Lillies floating in the water. The weather was pretty good, upper 60's, but it was pretty windy at the lakes.

The the whole hike was a little over 3.5 miles long and a little over 1,000 feet of elevation gain. The lakes were spaced out about a half-mile from each other, so it didn't take very long to get to the last lake. Total hiking time was 2 hours and 22 minutes from start to finish.

Partial Moon

Partial Moon

Photo Notes:

The moon is working it's way up to being full for the solar eclipse on August 21st. You can see part of Hallett Peak poking out above the trees.

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Nymph Lake

Nymph Lake

Photo Notes:

This lake was katherine and my favorite because of all of the wild Lilies.

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Clouds Rolling In

Clouds Rolling In

Photo Notes:

I took this photo on the way back from the hike, so the photo is out of order in the album. But I thought it would be better to put all the similar locations together to have consistency.

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Hidden Behind Trees

Hidden Behind Trees

Photo Notes:

You can see Nymph Lake hidden in the trees. Katherine and I went off the trail a little bit on top of a rock to find this location to take some photos.

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Elk On a Hike

Elk On a Hike

Photo Notes:

As we were leaving Nymph Lake, we found an elk hiking along the trail.

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On the Edge

On the Edge

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Flowing Water

Flowing Water

Photo Notes:

We were following Tyndall Creek for a good majority of the hike. There were several small cascades along the hike.

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Tall Grass

Tall Grass

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Over the Bridge

Over the Bridge

Photo Notes:

There were a few bridges on the hike that we had to cross.

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Hallett Peak

Hallett Peak

Photo Notes:

Throughout the hike, there were several great views of Hallett Peak.

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Dream Lake

Dream Lake

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Setting Moon

Setting Moon

Photo Notes:

The moon set behind Hallett Peak after we passed Dream Lake around 10:45.

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Over the Rocks

Over the Rocks

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3 Little Bugs

3 Little Bugs

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By the River

By the River

Photo Notes:

We stopped by a cascade along the hike. This was my favorite spot on the hike, it was just gorgeous!

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Rapids

Rapids

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Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Photo Notes:

We finally reached the end of the hike, Emerald Lake. It was extremely windy, so we didn't stay for long. We couldn't find a spot that was shaded from the wind, so we turned around and decided to stop back at Dream Lake to eat our snack.

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Blurred Hallett Peak

Blurred Hallett Peak

Photo Notes:

For some reason, I really like taking these types of photos with the subject fully blurred and part of the trees in full focus.

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Color Changing

Color Changing

Photo Notes:

It's almost like it's fall time! Except that these trees typically don't change color... So I'm not sure what's going on here.

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In the Valley

In the Valley

Photo Notes:

Between Dream and Emerald Lakes, there was a valley that opened up, allowing me to take this photo.

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Bear Lake

Bear Lake

Photo Notes:

This was by far, our least favorite lake. There were way too many tourists (which was expected). Since it's only 250 feet from the parking lot, there were a lot of people there. It was loud and cramped - it didn't feel like hiking... But that's why we only stayed for a minute and got back on the bus to take us to our car.

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Partial Moon
Nymph Lake
Clouds Rolling In
Hidden Behind Trees
Elk On a Hike
On the Edge
Flowing Water
Tall Grass
Over the Bridge
Hallett Peak
Dream Lake
Setting Moon
Over the Rocks
3 Little Bugs
By the River
Rapids
Emerald Lake
Blurred Hallett Peak
Color Changing
In the Valley
Bear Lake
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