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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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Fort Collins, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

If you are not planning on going farther, the trail around Bear Lake is a great stop while visiting RMNP. It's great for all skill levels there are benches to sit down if you need a break. If you feel like venturing farther then try going on to Alberta Falls it's a beautiful trail. If you are from a lower... More

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Amery, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Start at Bear Lake, then on to Nymph, Dream and Emerald Lakes. The scenery is breath-taking! Bring some water with you.

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Plymouth, Michigan
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Yay they had bathrooms! Those are few and far between in the winter and with the horrible roads I was very happy to see bathrooms.

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Midland, Texas, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We were running short for time and heard this was a good walk. Took the shuttle bus to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead because the small parking lot at the TH was full, this ran regularly so there was hardly any wait. The walk was easy and beautiful, I did most of it in bare feet, the path is soft and... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Bear Lake is absolutely beautiful. The 1 mile trail around the lake is great for all ages and is wheel chair accessible. I got there early to see the mountain reflections in the water.

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Ferdinand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We pushed a wheel chair with my 93 year-old mother-in-law on the trail around Bear Lake. Lovely views with places to rest and great photo ops. This was my second visit to Bear Lake. The Alluvian Fan is also a favorite spot in the park...more photo ops.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had a great time. First time in the Rockies. From Illinois, we thought we should take it easy due to people telling us the altitude take time to acclimate to. But, we couldn't resist; we kept going and going that day. Every time we saw a beautiful lake view or water fall, or mt. Stream we'd just want to... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We spent a couple of days hiking in RMNP. The Bear Lake TH is located on the Estes Park side of the park and is the first left past the Ranger check in station to the park $20 for the week to gain access to the park if you don't have a annual national parks pass. At Bear Lake TH... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The construction seems to be completed. We drove all the way up to the parking lot and was lucky enough to find a parking spot. There was a ranger at the parking lot instructing people of where to go and if there was available spots. There were more rangers by the trail to answer any questions you might have. The... More

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San Carlos, California
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This is a popular destination so get an early start if you can. We arrived after 9:00 am (teenagers in the family) so we had to park and take a shuttle into the Bear Lake area. They set up the Park-and-Ride for crowd control and because there's construction that causes driving delays. It worked exactly as it should and was... More

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