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Bear Lake Trailhead

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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 Hike in RMNP

The hike from Bear Lake up to Emerald Lake, past Nymph and Dream Lake is a must! Beautiful mountain lakes and worth the effort! Park in the park and ride, as the lot by Bear Lake... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Suffern NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The hike from Bear Lake up to Emerald Lake, past Nymph and Dream Lake is a must! Beautiful mountain lakes and worth the effort! Park in the park and ride, as the lot by Bear Lake tends to fill up early. We got to the park and Ride around 10 AM and had no problem finding a spot. Shuttle buses... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Go here and HIKE! We hiked 13 miles one day, just kept exploring trails and finding the beautiful lakes. Early morning is more crowded, we started at 1 pm and were probably one of the last to leave. Saw huge beautiful Elk!!

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Lichfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Bear Lake is very popular so do expect crowds. It is only a short walk to the lake which has a paved path all of the way round. The lake itself is in a lovely location and when we were there it was calm so there were great reflections in the water.

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

An excellent day hike! Park at one the lower carparks (Fern Lake trailhead, cub lake, Moraine park) and take the bus to Bear Lake. Start at Bear Lake unless you'd rather spend most of your time hiking uphill. The trail starts with a brief stint uphill along the Flattop Mtn trail but forks right. Make sure to stop at Odessa... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The view along the road was very nice, and it was a easy hiking trail for everyone to enjoy the lake and the mountain in the distance. It was a big park, we will be back for sure to explore more of its beauty.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is the central point for several hiking trails of differing intensity levels. Bear Lake is the most easily accessed and non-strenuous hike. If possible, visit at off-peak hours (we went at 6 p.m. and had no trouble finding a parking spot). Otherwise, expect crowded parking lots and trails. It is well worth the drive into the park and we... More 

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

My wife and I arrived at EP in early afternoon, and decided we would get our proverbial hiking wear initiated by heading over to Bear Lake. We arrived around 4 p.m., parking was easy by that hour in the parking lot there. Within seconds we were making the round trip, which took about an hour at our leisurely "appreciate all... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a great trail head and a wonderful hike for folks of all ages and fitness levels. The trails are well groomed and my young toddler did very well making it from the bottom up to Bear Lake and then shuttling back down to our car at a lower lot.

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North Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

There are several trails that begin at this location, including Bear Lake, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake. It is a very popular location and the parking lot fills up fast. We got there before 8:00, so there were a few spots left. There are bathrooms located next to the parking lot. Bear Lake is right off the trailhead, so it... More 

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Broomfield, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The lake is beautiful, especially in the morning (see my photo). There are a multitude of trails starting here from the simplete 1-mile walk around the lake (fairly flat), or a short uphill walk to Nymph Lake, an extension to Dream and Emerald Lakes, or a moderate hike to Bierstadt Lake, or a more extreme hike to Flat Top (10-mile... More 

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