Distance (round trip): 2.2 mi.
Elevation Gain: 430 ft.
Dream Lake is one of the most popular hikes in Estes Park, and for good reason. Dream Lake is a perfect hike for putting in little effort and reaping great reward. It's an easy 1.1 miles to Dream Lake beginning at the Bear Lake Trailhead. The trail to Dream Lake passes Nymph Lake and has prominent views of Longs Peak, Glacier Gorge, Flattop Mountain, and Hallett Peak.
Dream Lake was named for its dreamlike qualities; the way it reflects its surroundings like a mirror image, and how it looks different from every outlook. From Dream Lake, you can continue another 0.7 miles to Emerald Lake.