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Bear Lake Trailhead

Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Type: Hiking Trails
Description: This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and forests.
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Lawrence, Kansas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Other than the Bear Lake, the trail that goes to Nymph, Dream, & Emerald Lakes is a little more difficult. Would NOT recommend taking a stroller on this trail. Sadly saw some other guy that was pushing one uphill and I was even more sad to hear that he was from Kansas as well. On this trail, we saw fish... More

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Madison, WI
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had the best hike of our 6 day family trip from Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake. We are a family of four (two boys: 10 and 4). It had "just enough" elevation change, change in views, and terrain, and beauty to keep the attention of the whole family. We took the shuttle back from Bierstadt Lake to the car... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I last went at the height of winter, so though this trailhead was more crowded than anywhere else in the park, it was not so crowded as to be prohibitive. The view of and around Bear Lake are spectacular, especially as the sun comes up behind you to bathe the lake in orange light. Once you are done at the... More

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Dublin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Good thing we had walking sticks. The walk/ hike to Nymph Lake & Dream Lake includes many stairs. Nymph Lake was full of lily pads. Dream Lake is beautiful! Additionally, we were treated to seeing two cow elks bedded down close to the lake. Take bug spray.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

In itself a beautiful lake, although I prefer walking up to Nymph-, Dream- and Emerald lake. They are more beautful, but require more walking.

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Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Bear lake is a beautiful place to watch a sunrise! My husband and I are in our late 20s and did the short hike around bear lake, and the next day, the hike from the bear lake trailhead to nymph lake to dream lake to emerald lake. (About 3.6 miles round trip, with about 500 feet in elevation gain) Beautiful,... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It was 6feet snow packed trailhead! There is a restroom area. These trail head is shared with others. You can get to Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, Alberta Falls and Bear Lake using this trailhead. If we had known that this trail head goes to Alberta Falls, instead we used the Glacier Gorge trailhead a few miles from this trailhead. I... More

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Concord
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The Bear Lake trail-head is a great area to for a good hike. The Rockies are all around you with their majestic peaks, some patches of snow are visible even in august. The trail is clearly marked and is the right combination of maintained and nature. I did the Alberta Falls part of the trail, ran out of time to... More

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utah
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56 reviews 56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I wouldn't call the walk around Bear Lake a hike but a simple and yet beautiful walk around a peaceful lake. If you can walk you can get around this lake. There was even someone using a walker on the day we walked it. There are a few places of differing grade but nothing like the sign at the beginning... More

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Aurora, Illinois
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

If you want a parking spot, get here before 8:30 am. If you don't mind using a shuttle, there is off-site parking available and shuttle service. We arrived at 7:30, and parked easily. Not to mention, entering the park was fast. We hike to nymph lake, dream lake, emerald lake, and around bear lake. It was a pretty hike with... More

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