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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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San Luis Obispo, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

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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4 attraction reviews
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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31 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Bear Lake Trailhead to Fern Lake Trail Head. 10.1 miles about 4.5 hours. Had snow and sleet with high winds. Still gorgeous. Come prepared for changing weather conditions.

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Avondale, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Rocky Mountain National Park was beautiful. September was a great time of year to go because we saw snow & fog in the morning and then the sun came out later. Saw some elk right off the road. We started at the Bear Lake Trailhead and did a short hike to Alberta Falls. The trail was really nice and brought... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

A beautiful drive on Bear Lake Road leading to your destination. Bear Lake is just a few yards from the parking lot and the walk around it is just awesome. So quiet and well worth the see. We came early as to be able to get a parking spot around 8:00 am.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Other than the Bear Lake, the trail that goes to Nymph, Dream, & Emerald Lakes is a little more difficult. Would NOT recommend taking a stroller on this trail. Sadly saw some other guy that was pushing one uphill and I was even more sad to hear that he was from Kansas as well. On this trail, we saw fish... More

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Madison, WI
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had the best hike of our 6 day family trip from Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake. We are a family of four (two boys: 10 and 4). It had "just enough" elevation change, change in views, and terrain, and beauty to keep the attention of the whole family. We took the shuttle back from Bierstadt Lake to the car... More

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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I last went at the height of winter, so though this trailhead was more crowded than anywhere else in the park, it was not so crowded as to be prohibitive. The view of and around Bear Lake are spectacular, especially as the sun comes up behind you to bathe the lake in orange light. Once you are done at the... More

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Dublin
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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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