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Address: 5000 Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Easy popular lake to visit.

Here is a nice large lake at 9,475' and an easy short walk away. It is rather flat all the way around the lake and you can push a stroller or wheelchair if needed. Great views... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Here is a nice large lake at 9,475' and an easy short walk away. It is rather flat all the way around the lake and you can push a stroller or wheelchair if needed. Great views of the mountains above. If the lot is full, some days it filled by 9:30, use the park and ride buses which are free.... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great hike for those who are not the typical hiker. We encountered babies to the elderly on this hike - anyone can get out and enjoy the beauty!

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Edinburg, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Have been visiting this area for years. It has improved a lot since the early years we visited. The parking is still limited though so get there early or use the shuttle services. We only had a short time to visit and did the walk around the lake in about 30 minutes. It is pretty accessible but not completely so.... More 

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Allen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It's a gorgeous lake. There are lots of hiking trails for all different levels. Just make sure to reach there early in the morning to avoid the crowds and be able to find a parking spot! Even the park and ride becomes full on busy days.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The setting is beautiful and the walk is so easy you can bring grandma and grandpa with. I would give Bear Lake five stars if you could find a time when you are not sharing the path with crowds. If you are looking for a peaceful walk go very early or pick one of the park's less popular hikes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This spot is gorgeous. Like most of the park, come ready to hike if you want to see anything. The lake is so serene and peaceful. Especially if you're lucky enough to be one of the only people there at the time. The parking lot fills up quickly so park at the park and ride and take the free bus... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The Bear Lake loop is a very short hike of about half a mile. If you don't stop, it can be done in 20 minutes. The views are great, the lake very pretty. In the Summer it can be truly congested, especially on a weekend. Parking in-season is in a distant lot, and a shuttle bus brings you here. This... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We were unable to get there at 0900 as the lot was full. We did others things and went back that evening. It was great, saw lots of elk. There is a lot of hiking we would have liked to get in but we were leaving the next day. Get there early if you want to spend the day!

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We took the 0.6 mile of hiking around the bear lake, the view was beautiful and it was an easy hiking trail for everybody.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We hiked this short trail with 6 young children (ages 1-7) and they loved it! We had a few strollers and the trail was easily walked by all. The views of the mountains and lake are beautiful. We went very late afternoon on a Friday and were able to find parking. We had been prior on a weekend and took... More 

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