Dream Lake -- This very popular short hike offers scenic views and a closeup view of the Continental Divide.
Distance: 1.1 miles one-way
Lake elevation: 9,900 feet
Trailhead elevation: 9,475 feet
Net elevation gain: 425 feet
[Source: The Spirit of the Rockies: Hike Profiles for Rocky Mountain National Park and Surrounding Areas]
With Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain forming a backdrop, Dream Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. At a relatively easy 1.1 mile hike, it is one of the park's more readily accessible backcountry lakes. Trail passes by Nymph Lake, and offers magnificent views of Hallett Peak, Longs Peak and Glacier Gorge along the way. . .
Dream Lake In Winter
Even during the winter the Dream Lake Trail is very popular, with more than its fair share of hikers. Nevertheless this trail is, if anything, more beautiful in winter than it is in summer, surrounded by the snowcapped Hallett, Flattop and Longs Peaks.
Depending upon conditions, snowshoes are not always necessary, however they are highly recommended, as any excursions off of the packed trail will find you post-holing in deep, powdery snow. I usually strap my snowshoes onto my pack and carry them for the first part of the hike, putting them on beyond Nymph Lake.
The first part of the trail from the trailhead to Nymph Lake is typically well packed, but sometimes icy - a great place for Yaktrax or other traction devices, if you prefer not to wear your snowshoes. Nymph Lake is usually frozen except for early and late season. I prefer to walk across the frozen Nymph Lake, and continue up the same trail used in summer. However there is an alternate winter trail that diverges at Nymph Lake, following the east and south edges of the lake clockwise, rather than the counterclockwise summer route that continues around the north and west sides of the lake. It then climbs up the steep canyon toward Dream Lake.
Continuing up the summer trail, the snow is often deeper (or at least less packed) beyond Nymph Lake, so putting on your snowshoes before you start the climb away from the lake is a good idea. Soon you'll arrive at the ridge that overlooks Nymph Lake, with stunning views beyond of Hallet Peak, Longs Peak and the other mountain peaks that surround Glacier Gorge. Continue on, and you'll reach the point where, in summer, the stream continues straight up to Dream Lake, and the trail turns to the right and makes a switchback before continuing up to the lake. In winter, you can avoid the switchback by hiking the short distance up the streambed.
The beauty of the frozen lake and surrounding terrain, and of the towering peaks covered in their mantle of snow, makes this winter hike a rewarding destination for those willing to brave the elements. [Source: ColoradoHikingTrails]
And now....Happy Wanderer videos, from the sublime to the ridiculous (or vice versa depending upon your taste!):
The Happy Wanderer or Der fröhliche Wanderer in German was recorded by a
small amateur children's and youth choir from the German town of Obernkirchen
in Schaumburg County, Northern Germany.
The choir won the 1953 Llangollen International Eisteddfod in North Wales, the
BBC aired the winning performance, on 22nd January 1954 the record entered
the UK chart reaching #2, it stayed on the chart for 26 wks a feat made all the
more remarkable as the chart was only a top 12.
Description at youtube: "Tribute to Broadway" is what he calls his various, random
dances in his films. Hence, this video.