The Spirit of the Rockies
Hike Profiles for Rocky Mountain National Park and Surrounding Areas
Lake Haiyaha
Lake Haiyaha is a
popular destination,
surrounded by large boulders
and set in Chaos Canyon
between Hallett and Otis
Peaks. The lake can be
reached either from Bear
Lake Trailhead or Glacier
Gorge Trailhead, but
the hike from Bear Lake is
a shorter distance.
Distance: 2.1 miles one-way

Lake elevation: 10,220 feet

Trailhead elevation: 9,475 feet

Net elevation gain: 745 feet

Bear Lake Trailhead

Rocky Mountain National Park
Hallett Peak and Lake Haiyaha
Major Trail Landmarks
Bear Lake (Adjacent to the Bear Lake parking lot)
Nymph Lake (0.5 miles one-way from trailhead)
Junction of Emerald Lake and Lake Haiyaha Trails (1.0 miles one-way from trailhead)

Junction of Trails from Bear Lake and Glacier Gorge Trailheads (2.0 miles one-way from trailhead)
Principal Destinations Near Lake Haiyaha
Dream Lake (1.1 miles one-way from trailhead)
Emerald Lake (1.8 miles one-way from trailhead) - via Emerald Lake Trail
Backcountry Campsites Near Lake Haiyaha
There are no designated backcountry campsites in this area
From the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station on U.S. Highway 36, head west about 0.2 miles and turn
south on Bear Lake Road (toward Moraine Park). Follow Bear Lake Road a little over 9 miles to the
large parking area where Bear Lake Road ends. Bear Lake is just west of the parking lot. The Emerald
Lake trail begins southeast of the lake; follow the Emerald Lake Trail to reach Lake Haiyaha.

Hike the Emerald Lake Trail past Nymph Lake toward Dream Lake. Just east of Dream Lake, take the
spur trail leading southwest to reach Lake Haiyaha. This trail changes direction and grade several times
before reaching a trail junction just east of Lake Haiyaha, which is the junction with the trail leading from
Glacier Gorge. Head west at this junction for a short distance to reach the lakeshore. Lake Haiyaha is
also accessible from Glacier Gorge Trailhead by hiking nearly 2 miles to where the trails to Mills Lake
and Loch Vale split. At this point, follow the marked unimproved trail leading north to Lake Haiyaha. The
hike is most often started at Bear Lake due to shorter hiking distance and more established trail.
Sample photographs of the hike to Lake Haiyaha
Looking east from the Lake Haiyaha Trail
Longs Peak from near Lake Haiyaha
Lake Haiyaha
Hallett Peak from Lake Haiyaha
Lake Haiyaha topographic map
Principal summer trail marked by solid red line; unmaintained trail or route marked by dashed red line.
Map is oriented with north to the top of the map
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