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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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Dublin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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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27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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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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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The routes from the Bear Lake trailhead offer a range of hikes from very easy to moderate. For out of town guests not used to hiking at 9,000ft the hikes to Mills lake or The Loch are great ways to get in good views while taking it easy in the high country. If you want a longer hike, head to... More

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Batavia
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21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a very popular hike so be prepared to share the trail with lots of tourists in the summer. It is beautiful and I am glad we did it. But also very glad that we hiked the less popular trails on the west side of the park.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Easy hike for the whole family. Lots of places to stop & overlook the lake. It's a favorite hike so parking can be a bear. Go early to avoid parking headaches or take the park's free shuttle.

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