We started the morning off early by arriving at Emerald Lake parking lot around 7:45am to beat the crowds and enjoy the stillness and quiet of Emerald Lake. It was a frosty 25 degrees out with fog moving slowly from one end of the lake to the other, as the sun started to peak over the mountain tops. Emerald Lake has many options for hiking trails, whether you are looking for an easy hike around the lake, moderate or difficult day hikes, or even multi-day hikes. We decided to make the trek to Emerald Basin, which took us roughly 4 hours (with a long hour stop at the destination) and was about 6 miles round trip with a pretty steep incline at some parts of the trail. This is a beautiful hike that takes you a beautiful natural amphitheater with two glacial fed waterfalls running down the mountain wall. If you have bad knees or ankles, you may want consider trekking poles if you want to walk across the boulderfield to the basin. Remember sunscreen!
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