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Bear Lake Trailhead

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Address: Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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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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$89*
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Guided Mountain-Biking Tour of Colorado's Front Range

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The Loch + Mills Lake from Bear Lake = FANTASTIC!!!

This is an extraordinary day hike! Possibly one of the best I have experienced in all the National Parks I have visited! One tip to start: Park your vehicle at the Glacier... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an extraordinary day hike! Possibly one of the best I have experienced in all the National Parks I have visited! One tip to start: Park your vehicle at the Glacier Gorge lot and take the shuttle up to the Bear Lake lot. If Glacier Gorge is full, then park at Bear Lake, finish your hike at Glacier Gorge,... More 

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Wellington, Colorado
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely short hike on snow shoes with my cousin Annie, only a short part that is really steep. Also only the second time I have been on snowshoes.

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Stratford, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

There are multiple easy hikes off this trailhead. We wanted to do flattop mountain but there were still heavy snow fields on the trail in mid- June. I believe we hiked up to emerald pool which was a nice hike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We visited the park on a snowy day and saw beautiful views, simply amazing. Snowshoe is a MUST, so come prepared with enough warm clothing, water, snacks for the Icy road.

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Nutley, New Jersey
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

If you don't want or can't go further into the park this is a great place to experience the mountain wilderness and the many trails to hike. It's the first main turn off from Rt. 36 coming from Estes and the park entrance. You'll need to pay to get into the park. Make sure that your bring and wear hiking/trail... More 

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Palmela, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

I came to the Rocky Mountains and visit Bear Lake on my honey moon. I did the Bear Lake Trailhead for start, it's a very easy trail always around the lake, surrounded by nature with view to the mountains. Perfect for photografy lovers, nature lovers. It's one of the most popular hikings in the Rockys. Estes Park it's the nearest... More 

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Newark, Delaware, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

We visited Rocky Mountain National Park while staying at the Stanly Hotel in Estes Park Colorado. The most amazing thing to me, aside from just the natural beauty of the area which was more than 7500 feet above sea level; was viewing and photographing Elk and heating the Male Elk Bugling to attract the females. A couple of cautions: During... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

There are some amazing views and this is even more fun when you go snow shoeing. Go with a guided tour, it's a lot of fun.

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Bunbury, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

So it is snowing, you can enjoy the Rocky Mountain National Park. The roads are kept clear. This trail was cold and blowing of snow and yet we really enjoyed our time. We stopped at the Trail Head Restaurant for a cupper or some ice cream...

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

The trail was excellent. Nice hike. It wasn't too difficult; and I'm out of shape. Beautiful scenery. We brought plenty of water and a few snacks with. It was very enjoyable to hike and stop and take a short break while taking in all the beauty around us.

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