Nymph Lake is a popular destination in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a high mountain lake known for being photogenic. Its water lilies and blue color make for a beautiful subject, the Continental Divide providing a backdrop. On my hike there were no water lilies to be seen, but the ice and snow-covered lake was a beautiful winter spectacle.
The trail to Nymph Lake starts at the Bear Lake Parking Area at the end of Bear Lake Road. Signs and maps at the trailhead clearly mark the way to the lake as well as other area points of interest. The trail climbs gradually, for about a half mile, through pine forests before reaching Nymph Lake. The path gains about 225 feet of elevation between the trailhead and the lake to reach an altitude of about 9,700 feet above sea level. The view along the way is mostly blocked by trees, but glimpses of high mountain peaks can be seen to the south.
A rocky outcrop above the northwest shore of the lake provides a great spot to view the surrounding scenery.