Sunrise Over Dream Lake

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS REBEL T1i
Nearest Area
Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park
Brief Directions

Drive the length of Bear Lake Road in RMNP and hike approximately 2 miles to Dream Lake. The trail is well maintained in summer but harder to negotiate in the winter.


I'd recommend more experience then what I had hiking because I almost got lost quite a few times.


It was February and I’ve never snow shoed before so I made sure that the lodge I stayed at provided access to snow shoes that I could rent or borrow. When I arrived at the hotel (shortly after six PM) the place was completely vacant – so much so that I thought they forgot I had a room for the night. There was a number on the front door so I called it and the owner answered and assured me he had my reservation and had just left the key to my room sitting next to the door. I told him that all sounded good but what about the snow shoes – he said those to were just sitting out back in an unlocked crate and I could pick my shoes and my hiking poles. The seclusion of the hike added to the beauty (although I did get lost a couple times in the darkness) and reaching this spot ahead of sunrise was worth the early wake up call.

Date Added
February 27, 2013
Date Taken
February 27, 2013

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