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Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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New York City, New York
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164 reviews 164 reviews
62 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Once you pay your fee to enter the park its best to park at the park and ride and take the bus (free). Parking is limited inside the park and you dont want to drive all the way in to find that you have to turn back. The buses run frequently (every 120 minutes) with bear lake being the last... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

You want to arrive early to park at Bear Lake. This is the best time to view wildlife on your way in. Daybreak is divine in the park. We hiked the short loop around this beauty and enjoyed visiting with the passer byes and the volunteers. We also hiked to a waterfall from here that was delightful. You will experience... More

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Minneapolis, MN
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21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Bear Lake is a favorite part of RMNP for many people, particularly those staying in Estes Park. Be aware that the parking lot at Bear Lake fills up quickly in the morning. Be prepared to leave your car in the park-and-ride at Glacier Valley and take the bus up. Get there early... the difference between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Which also led us to Nymph Lake which I liked better. Had some kind of Lilly pads over the lake. It was almost like a Monet shot. We hiked in hail and beautiful sunshine. Very cool.

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Burleson, Texas
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80 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

There are essentially two main things you can do in RMNP, you can go towards Bear Lake and all the trails that it entails or you can head up Trail Ridge road and enjoy all the scenic views and trails that it entails. There are two ways to approach making plans for the park. During the summer if you go... More

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SUGAR LAND
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28 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This is a very short trail that is more suited for young kids or the elderly. We used the trail to branch off to other hikes, which was perfect.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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17 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It is a pleasant and very easy hike by Estes Park. Able to take a stroller on this trail but easier to carry children.

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Merrick, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I wake up at 5 A.M. My 30-year old daughter and I begin our hike from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead at 6:50 A.M. The air is cool and dry. There are no other hikers. The parking lot has plenty of spaces. At my age, I have my doubts that I can handle this four hour trail even though it's classified... More

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PA
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a half mile flat trail with beautiful scenery. It is well suited to older people. If the parking area is full,you can go to the Park n Ride and take the orange line shuttle right to the trailhead. It is less busy in late afternoon.

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Vineland, New Jersey
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21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Ah, wonderful nature. I took a million photos. With every step, another photo op, well, as soon as the other hikers walked by. . . This is the spot where all the hikes begin, and even people unaccustomed to walking, are on this trail. Peace and serenity will descend on you once you pass this lake and continue on to... More

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