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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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Great short hike

This hike is at a our 9500', so get ready! We last did in the winter, just after a recent snow. We used traction devices on our boots, which worked out fine, but wish we had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2015
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Vienna, Virginia
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Vienna, Virginia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This hike is at a our 9500', so get ready! We last did in the winter, just after a recent snow. We used traction devices on our boots, which worked out fine, but wish we had used snowshoes instead so we could have ventured off trail a bit. Highly recommend in any season.

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Rockford, Illinois
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108 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Bear Lake trailhead is a great starting point for hiking. You can make it a short hike and just go around Bear Lake or go further on to Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lake for a longer hike. The day we hiked we got there early since we heard the parking lot fills up and we were glad we did!... More 

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Portland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

A easy and beautiful hike for May! The weather was perfect for tank tops even though there was snow on the ground. I did this hike alone and felt very comfortable..

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I've been here to both visit the very accessible lake walk and as a trailhead. It's always a little congested, and the bathrooms this time of year weren't incredibly clean. Other than that, it's breathtakingly beautiful, and many families and people who don't want to hike enjoy spending time here. Definitely the place to get great views and photo ops... More 

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Branson, Missouri
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145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We stopped at several ponds/lakes in the area and we really enjoyed Bear Lake Trail. We walked the entire loop around the lake. It didn't take that long and it was a fairly easy walk. We went early in the morning in hopes of seeing more wildlife, but sadly other than birds and squirrels we didn't see much, but was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We really wanted to take Trail Ridge Road, but it was closed for the winter season. We certainly were not disappointed by Bear Lake Trailhead. There were stunning views every inch of the drive. There were fairly easy trails throughout the drive. Overall, we had a great time and really enjoyed all the beauty of the Rockies.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

My brother, 1 1/2 year old niece, and I meant to hike towards Alberta Falls but missed the sign for the turn and ended up at Bear Lake instead. The hike was an easy one with some good views. We planned on turning around to head to the falls but it starting to sleet on us so we ran back... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Bear lake in RMNP is an easy and gorgeous hike. Just minutes from the visitor center, the mountain views are spectacular. It's and easy walk of 1 mile around the lake, so easy I saw a mother with her baby in it's stroller doing it. The 2 mile up and back to alberta falls is also at the same trailhead... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

There is a such a variety from this trailhead, and we hiked last Wednesday for 3 hours on a 7 mile loop. We went to Lake Haiyaha, around to Alberta Falls, past the Glacier Gorge trialhead, back to the Bear Lake Trailhead. It was so nice. We didn't think about the last .5 mi between the trail heads being all... More 

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We started at Bear Lake trailhead, hiked past Dream Lake, Lake Haiyaha, The Loch to Timberline Falls, then back out via Alberta Falls to Glacier Gorge trailhead. We took the shuttle back to Bear Lake trailhead. I really don’t think you could go wrong hiking any trail in this area. See the ranger station at Bear Lake for a trail... More 

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