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Emmaline Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,800 Feet (2682 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,200 Feet (671 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3353 Meters)
Length: 2 Miles (3.33 Kilometers) Mummy Pass Trail, to Park boundary
Length, One-way: 6.0 Miles (9.7 Kilometers) Emmaline Lake Trail
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 854 Emmaline Lake Trail
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Pingree Park

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Emmaline Lake Trail is a road for the first two miles. Please stay on the road- do not wander on private land. The trail leads 4 miles further to Emmaline and Cirque Lakes in the Cirque east of Comanche Peak. Portions of both of these trails lead through the Comanche Peak Wilderness.

The Mummy Pass Trail # 937, leaves the Emmaline Lake Trail just past where it crosses Fall Creek. It reaches Rocky Mountain National Park 2 miles from the Emmaline Lake Trail. Interesting loops can be made with other Rocky Mountain National Park trails.

Directions from Fort Collins: Take Hwy 14 west for 35 miles and turn south on the Pingree Park road (County Road 63E). After 15 miles, turn right on the Tom Bennett Campground. Park at the campground or at a small trailhead 1/4 mile further.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Kevin (Evans, CO, CO)
Time of Day: 1400
Length of Time: 2 DAYS
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We got a late start around 1630 with plan to camp at Cirque Meadows. First day we encountered ~25 people down bound and a Hot Shot Crew humping it up to Mumy Pass. We were alone at Cirque Meadows and saw nobody the second day either enroute to Emmaline or down to the trailhead. ~1/4 mile from the lake as we crossed a rocky ridge we encountered a very curious marmot. Otherwise, no large mammals. There are cairns marking the route through the rocks. Stop at Campsite 4 for a great view of the Cirque Meadow.
Conditions: The trail was dusty, lots of mosquitoes between the trailhead and about a quarter mile below the meadow. Not a single bug bite above that, not even at Cirque Meadow which is kind of marshy. A couple of down trees, one we had to take off our packs to worm through.
Water Availability: 1 litre nalgene a piece and a filter, we had plenty of water. The trail is rarely out of earshot of water.
Recommended Clothing: I wore shorts and Tevas with no problem but I lived on Galveston Island and went years without ever wearing shoes. Trail is shady, I didn'the feel a need for suncreen.
Suggested Accessories: I wished for my fly rod at Cirque Meadows but I'm pretty sure I saw a sign saying it's closed to fishing. I'd ask at the visitor center in Fort Collins.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
ICON Hiking & Walking Emmaline Lake Trail
ICON Horseback Riding

Related Activities
Mirror Lake Trail - The Mirror Lake Trail is located west of Fort Collins and leads from the Flowers Trail, #939, to Mirror Lake. Portions of this trail lead through Rocky Mountain National Park.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Canyon Lakes Ranger District, 2150 Centre Ave., Building E , Fort Collins, CO, 80526, Phone: 970-295-6700

Forest to Grassland Information Center, 1311 S. College Ave. , Fort Collins, CO, 80524, Phone: 970-498-2770, TTY: 970-498-2707


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