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Address: Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Description: This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and...
This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and forests.
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Beautiful, easy hike

Fun easy hike around the lake, even with packed ice. Be careful if the spring thaw is happening, especially nearest the melting lake edge. We enjoyed this on a day with both... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Fun easy hike around the lake, even with packed ice. Be careful if the spring thaw is happening, especially nearest the melting lake edge. We enjoyed this on a day with both blue sky and big puffy snowflakes before we got completely around it. Great views from all sides - be sure you have your camera!

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Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We hiked until the snow covered paths prevented us from comfortably going further (we were not prepared for the cold weather). Beautiful and can't wait to return to do the rest!

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Favorite in winter, crowded rest of year. Wonderful area for snowshoeing, You might enjoy playing in spring and early summer snow. May 10th and there is still 30" of snow. The trail between Nymph Lake and Dream Lake in winter is one the most beautiful places you can go. Multiple trails for a variety of abilities from a level path... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We struck out for Trail Ride Road, disappointed this scenic road is closed until Memorial Day each year, we headed for Bear Lake. This road is also quite scenic, on arrival at the trail for a hike around the lake, we found it covered by a significant amount of ice and snow. Not having the right footwear was a problem,... More 

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carmel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Bear lake is great to see. The good news Is it is a very short hike. Once you get there you can just enjoy the view. Trail is easy to follow.

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This hike is at a our 9500', so get ready! We last did in the winter, just after a recent snow. We used traction devices on our boots, which worked out fine, but wish we had used snowshoes instead so we could have ventured off trail a bit. Highly recommend in any season.

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Bear Lake trailhead is a great starting point for hiking. You can make it a short hike and just go around Bear Lake or go further on to Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lake for a longer hike. The day we hiked we got there early since we heard the parking lot fills up and we were glad we did!... More 

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Portland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

A easy and beautiful hike for May! The weather was perfect for tank tops even though there was snow on the ground. I did this hike alone and felt very comfortable..

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I've been here to both visit the very accessible lake walk and as a trailhead. It's always a little congested, and the bathrooms this time of year weren't incredibly clean. Other than that, it's breathtakingly beautiful, and many families and people who don't want to hike enjoy spending time here. Definitely the place to get great views and photo ops... More 

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Branson, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We stopped at several ponds/lakes in the area and we really enjoyed Bear Lake Trail. We walked the entire loop around the lake. It didn't take that long and it was a fairly easy walk. We went early in the morning in hopes of seeing more wildlife, but sadly other than birds and squirrels we didn't see much, but was... More 

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