To access Emerald Lake you must head up the Pine River Trail to Lake Fork Trail. This is a long out and back trail with gorgeous high country views. You only need to hike 10 miles of this trail to reach Emerald Lake.
Part of the trail passes through private land so please respect your surroundings. You’ll reach Little Emerald Lake first, continue a shot distance to Big Emerald Lake. Camp for the night, do some fishing and enjoy!
Elevation Gain- 2000 ft
Remember, you must have a valid fishing license to fish!