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Bear Lake Trailhead

Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
+1 970-586-1206
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This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and forests.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
+1 970-586-1206
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Reviewed 6 days ago

275' from the paved parking lot is an incredible mountain lake, in the fall there are stands of golden aspen, the air is crisp and nearly flat, dirt trail has multiple benches and photo opps along the way. At a leisurely pace, it takes 30...More

Thank StyleCoach1
Reviewed 1 week ago

The volunteers at the trail head were very helpful. The hike around Bear Lake is beautiful. We were able to continue on to Mills Lake with a stop at Alberta Falls on the way. It was a bit of a hike for our first day...More

Thank tnk9581
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Get very early to secure the parking spot and avoid bad weather. We left at 1 pm and we experienced snow storm driving down in the middle of August. Elevation makes the weather colder. Trailhead is easy. Our disabled son had no issues. Perfect for...More

Thank Bozena S
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

This was our first trip to the Rocky Mountains! My husband, 3 kids (2 middle schoolers and a preschooler) and I - the littlest one hates walking. We left Denver around 6am to get to the park by 8am in hopes of getting a parking...More

Thank Amanda T
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We tried around noon on a Saturday to get to bear lake. After we got in the gate and headed that way, we waited in a long line of cars only to find out the rangers closed it due to no more parking. So we...More

Thank TheRoc74
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Such a disappointment this time around. The crowds are out of control in the Estes Park area of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Not enough parking at trailheads. Not enough Shuttles for people to use to avoid adding to the traffic jams. No separate lanes...More

Thank rxturner
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I went to the Bear Lake trailhead to hike to Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak, both of which are really beautiful. The huge parking lot was nearly full at 7:20, with cars streaming in. By getting an early start I beat most of the tourist...More

Thank mojave_ben
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Bear Lake, and nearby Dream Lake and Nymph Lake are really beautiful. The trails are relatively short; there is no elevation gain on a trail surrounding Bear Lake. You have to go up, on a paved trails to see Dream and Nymph Lakes but the...More

1  Thank Jacek L
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Going around the Bear Lake is very easy, you can add a bit more challenge by continuing towards Nymph Lake and Emerald Lake. We made it to Nymph Lake before rain and thunder forced us to turn back. Scenery is amazing and there's elks and...More

Thank KatiAhl
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Once we made our way to Bear Lake it was pretty easy to see why parking fills up so early in the morning. It's a beautiful lake with a short trail around it (perhaps 20 minutes of relatively flat hiking). Plenty of great spots for...More

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21 June 2017|
Response from Donna0930 | Reviewed this property |
Out and back.
12 June 2017|
Response from Amanda T | Reviewed this property |
It's a half mile. Less than 30 min, if you stop to take pictures.
Jay C
12 May 2017|
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Response from Amanda T | Reviewed this property |
We entered the park and took the shuttle from the park and ride lot. Only paid the $20/car. I would imagine you would still have to pay an entrance fee. No one gets into the park without passing through the entrance... More