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Bear Lake Trailhead

Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Owner description: This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes...
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Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Owner description: This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and forests.
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Tucson, AZ
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

We've been to RMNP several times and hiked from the Bear Lake trailhead at least 3 times. Currently (Summer 2012), the road to Bear Lake is closed between the hours of 9 AM - 4 PM due to road construction. You can still get to the trailhead by taking two shuttle buses - one from the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center... More 

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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

The trailhead lists the lakes further up as well as the distance to each.

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Irving, Texas
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

The bear Lake trail head is one of the most amazing points to visit the variety of nature lakes on RMNP. From the bear lake trail head you can hit bear, bierstad, cub, fern and also may be jewel lake. This in entirety must keep you busy for atleast a day of hike. These ar very wild yet well maintained... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

We really wanted to visit Bear Lake because of all of the excellent Trip Advisor reviews. However, everything kept telling us not to visit. There is a huge sign at the park entrance that says expect delays on the road to Bear Lake. The ranger told us to expect 30 minute delays each direction. The turnoff was filled with construction... More 

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Laporte, Colorado
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31 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

This is accessible all year. You can circle the lake for a quick hike. In winter do not attempt walking the ice unless you know what you are doing and are completely certain. Do not take the lad of others who may go out. If in doubt, as a park ranger.

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Worldwide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

We've been here showshoeing (brung your own or rent elsewhere), hiking to higher elevations, and easy-walking with young kids and seniors. It's arguably our favorite place in RMNP, go go as family, or to take visitors. There are posted maps, and rest rooms, but no vendors. Short distances, but only short ones, are wheelchair accessible. The trail around Bear Lake... More 

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Aarhus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

WOW! is all I have to say! Even though covered in show, it was amazing. Went through the park - what was open of it - and saw deers and elks and great views. Can only recommend going! Eat in Estes Park before going, since not much to eat up there during winter.

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Colorado
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

Take the shuttle buses! Easy hike around the lake, and the other trails head out to some of the most outstanding scenic areas of the Park. Very crowded in summer, so get there early in the day, or slide out for a evening stroll.

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Longmont, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

Drive to the Bear Lake parking lot, or stop before you get there and take the shuttle--it isn't a long wait and you're sure to get a parking spot if you do. From Bear Lake there are hikes of all levels; check with the volunteers at the Visitors' Center, or the rangers who are almost always around the parking lot... More 

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Longmont
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Ok, backwoods is better, but if you came in your car and want to see your car later the same day, there are hikes for all abilities from Bear Lake. We love to go to Emerald Lake, summer or winter, for the walk and the beauty of the lakes ( you see 3). Flat Top is an easy way to... More 

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