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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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Get there early or take the shuttle

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... read more

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great trek with diverse scenery throughout. Parked at Bear Lake (where there are vault toilets with TP & hand sanitizer) on a July Saturday @ 7am. There were still a few spots to snag, though not many. Had the trail mostly to ourselves until almost Fern Lake. Soft uphill (a 1,200' climb) with part shade from Bear to the tranquil... More 

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Traffic jams on park roads starting at 6:45 am. Full parking lots at trail hats after 7 am. Trails packed with people. This park just overuses its ressources. People seem to stay on extensive campgrounds in several parts of the NP plus long lines of waiting cars at the enterences after 7:30 am. I never saw something like that in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Rocky Mountain National Park has so many hikes and the trailhead leading up to Bear Lake is lined with gorgeous views. We didn't end up seeing Bear Lake this time, but instead went to Loch Vale and The Loch. What a fantastic sight seeing some snow still around in July!

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Hartsburg, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We camped at moraine and arrived just before 8 and got one of the last parking spots. If you go in the summer know if gets light really early like 5:30 so vet an early start. Lots of rangers present here with trail maps.busses from the park and ride and other trailhead stop every five minutes or so. It's very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Bear Lake is beautiful, yes. But Dream Lake is stunning! The hike to get there is short (2-1/2 miles round trip) and moderate - very doable for the average person. But more than that, the hike itself has some gorgeous overlooks not to be missed. This is an extremely popular trail head, so either get there early or be ready... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Well organized and staffed National Park. We found parking right at the trailhead lot (~ 200 spaces, guess-timate) on a rainy Monday, so their advice to use the shuttle is probably well-founded on most nice days, and weekends for sure! Hiked around Bear Lake, then up to Emerald Lake and back, in occasional heavy rain, which was still fun for... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

What a fantastic place! The park rangers were abundant and available to help. We hiked a few different trails. First we went to Nymph Lake which was full of pond lilies and then back down to Bear Lake which was stunning. I put my feet in the cold glacial water and walked the family friendly trail around the lake. This... More 

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Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We have hiked Bear Lake almost every year. It's perfect for young children since the Bear Lake trail is flat and just travels around the small lake. But there are beautiful vistas and lots of places to take group photos around the lake. The trailhead also forks and you can hike to Emerald Lake, Nymph Lake and Dream Lake which... More 

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Address: Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Rocky Mountain National Park

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