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Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Topeka, Kansas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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23 helpful votes 23 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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

The trail around Bear Lake is easily the most done trail in RMNP because of its convenience. We took the advice of others here, and drove down to the parking lot after 4pm. Easily found a spot in the lot late in day in August, and the sun made for some great photos of mountains and birds. I suppose this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This beautiful lake is just a few hundred feet from the shuttle stop. When we were there, the lake was completely still. The trees reflecting in the water were beautiful in July, but I would love to see this scene in autumn. There are several hiking trails from the shuttle stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

You can drive up to the Bear lake trailhead once you enter the RMNP but parking in summer can be challenging since this is one of the most popular points and a starting point for many good hikes. Suggest to park in the park and Ride and catch a shuttle. The lake is beautiful and there is a trail that... More

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Northfield, New Jersey
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The walk around this lake is easy for anyone to do. There are longer trails available that will take you to other lakes. The distances to each are listed. It is worth the trip, but go early if you want a parking space. After 10 am, taking the shuttle is a better option.

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