Distance (round trip): 3.6 mi.
Elevation Gain: 685 ft.
Emerald Lake lies only 1.8 miles from the Bear Lake Trailhead. During this 1.8 mile hike, you not only pass by Nymph and Dream Lakes, but the views of Flattop Mountain, Hallett Peak, and and Glacier Gorge are magnificent!
At the far end of the lake, there's a trickling waterfall falling down the steep mountainside. The views from Emerald Lake are more intense than Dream Lake; it's closer to the surrounding mountains and more rugged, but still just as beautiful.