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Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Broomfield, CO
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I never get tired of Bear Lake. The loop around the lake is great when I bring visitors whether it is grandmas or toddlers. From there you can visit so many lakes with increasing levels of hiking - non more than moderate. The serious hiker can go to Hallet peak and the continental divide and look down on Grand Lake

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kirksville
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22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The lake is small but very beautiful. The trail from the parking lot to the lake is very short and well worth the hike. Restrooms are available in the parking lot at the start of the trail. The lake really adds to the park.

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Buffalo, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Nice but not the best,don't go on a Saturday the parking lot will be full and you have to take the shuttle..only spend an hour or two there .

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Bear Lake is pretty much the quintessential scenic hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. You can take a photo anywhere and it will likely be a keeper. This hike is great for families with young kids and older folks who don't like elevations. Be advised, however, that this lake is still pretty high above sea level, and if you have... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
44 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I talked with a Park Ranger who had suggested we try Bear Lake and then hike to Alberta Falls and then back to Glacier Gorge to catch the bus shuttle, this was a perfect hike, for us , I had a massive heart attack earlier this year and was able to do this beautiful hike with out any problem, we... More

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Victoria, Texas
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42 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Beautiful lake, great hiking trail! We enjoyed a brief hike around the lake until a storm rolled over the mountains and it began to rain....lucky for us it didn't last to long! The trail is well marked and well maintained. The setting provides a great spot for some awesome photos!

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Richmond, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We had heard that the parking lot fills up early, sometimes by 8:30 A.M. We arrived at 7:30, and the lot was about half-full. It turns out that this parking lot is the starting point for many of the park's most popular hiking trails. There were many park rangers and volunteers at the far end of the parking lot to... 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 high packed of snow when we were there on May2014! Lots of parking on an afternoon. Amazing scenery! Able to walked on the frozen lake until I hit a thin spot! We followed the snow packed trail around Bear Lake! Took beautiful pictures! Someday, we'll be back...

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I visited Bear Lake in late July 2014. I went late in the afternoon about 6:00 p.m. and it was not very crowded. Beautiful Views and many spots to take great pictures. The trail around the lake is about 0.75 miles, flat and easy enough for the whole family.

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Shakopee, MN
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323 helpful votes 323 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We visited on Thursday, July 24, 2014. This is quite a drive from the park entrance, but a beautiful drive. Steep grade, hairpin turns and few guard rails made for a hair raising adventure. All along the drive there were signs that the parking at Bear Lake was full. We just kept going - and sure enough people come and... More

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