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Emerald Mountain

Emerald Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.33070°N / 105.5867°W

Object Title: Emerald Mountain

County: Larimer

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 9237 ft / 2815 m


Page By: argothor

Created/Edited: Nov 27, 2007 / Dec 18, 2007

Object ID: 360508

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Tucked into an odd corner on the eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park, between the East Portal, the YMCA of the Rockies and the Glacier Basin Campground, sits a little gem of a peak, Emerald Mountain.

Emerald offers a nice panoramic view of Longs Peak and the Continental Divide as well as the Mummy Range. The short, yet somewhat steep, hike up Emerald is mostly off trail, climbing through sage brush and some ponderosa pines.

Getting There

Emerald Mountain is situated on the eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park and is easily accessible from both inside and outside of the park.

Map showing route up Emerald
TOPO map showing the route up Emerald. The red line starts at the East Portal trailhead, and the blue line starts at Glacier Basin campground

Emerald from Lily Mountain
View of Emerald Mountain from Lily Mountain. The red line follows the trail from the East Portal to where the off trail section starts. The blue line follows the East Portal trail from Glacier Basin campground and the yellow line is the off trail portion of the hike

Emerald Mountain can be accessed either via the East Portal Trailhead or from Glacier Basin Campground via the East Portal Trail. From the East Portal trailhead it is just a short hike of about a half mile to where the trail cuts across open terrain and enters into the aspen trees. Just below reaching the aspens, off to the right there is a set of flat boulders followed by a faint trail. 
Start of the off trail part of Emerald
On the trail, but looking up where the off trail hike starts

Red Tape

Since Emerald Mountain is in Rocky Mountain National Park, all park regulations apply.


The Park has five drive-in campgrounds and numerous back country campsites. The closest campground to Emerald Mountain is Glacier Basin Campground, however the Morraine Park Campground is within hiking distance for those interested in a longer hike. For backcountry camping, there are three such campsites near Emerald, those being: Wind River Bluff; Over the Hill and Upper Wind River.

For information on the drive-in campgrounds visit the park's camping web site.

For more information on backcountry camping visit Rocky Mountains web site.

Estes Park

There are numerous private campgrounds and motels, bed & breakfasts, and restautants in Estes Park.

For more information on Estes Park go to their web site.


For latest weather conditions call Rocky Mountain National Park at 970-586-1206 or go to NOAA


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