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Address: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

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Excellent Short Hike or Start to a Long Hike

Bear Lake is an easy, mile long trail. During the summer that is. It's mostly accessible to anyone, and a very easy trail. During the winter, there can be 3 or 4 feet of snow, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Bear Lake is an easy, mile long trail. During the summer that is. It's mostly accessible to anyone, and a very easy trail. During the winter, there can be 3 or 4 feet of snow, and the trail is impassible without spikes or snowshoes. The ideal time to visit is in early September, as the aspen trees there begin to... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My wife and I used Bear lake as our launching point for three out of our four day hikes in RMNP, and the views did not disappoint. It is a different world there entirely in January, with winds so fierce they could blow you off the cliffs and snow so deep it could swallow you. We made an unsuccessful attempt... More 

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Hopkins, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Short little hike from the trailhead, but that certainly doesn't mean that it underwhelming. Great view across the frozen lake towards the towering mountains. If you want to go a little further, Nymph Lake and Dream Lake are a little ways down the trail from Bear Lake.

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Cotopaxi, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We got here early in the day and had the lake pretty much to ourselves. It is gorgeous in the winter and you can drive right up to the main parking lot. Of course, there is lots of ice so bring something to give you traction and a hiking pole or two. The lake will be completely frozen over but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Having spent a couple of weeks in Estes Park, we had planned to go to see Bear Lake, having looked at the pictures on the net nothing, and I mean nothing will prepare you for these views. Driving to the Lake from Estes is stunning in itself to a very busy car park, once walking around though the people thinned... More 

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Rocky Mountain National Park has to be Bear Lake. An easy drive into the mountains with beautiful views all along the way. We have enjoyed the views in all seasons and it is alway breathtaking! If you are an early riser, you may even be lucky enough to see elk around the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It was VERY busy the day we visited Bear Lake, because the conditions were perfect for snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing. But even simply for hiking, it was a perfect day! I was stunned to see that the lake was totally frozen. In fact, if I hadn't known it was an actual lake, I would have just thought it was a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We hiked from Bear Lake to Nymph Lake and then almost to Dream Lake. Gorgeous views. The weather was windy so we turned back close to Dream Lake. It was quite busy but it didn't bother us at all. We were hiking with our 7 year old and he did great. What a wonderful place! We will be back.

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Bridge City, Texas
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

A cold 32 degrees with lots of wind when we hiked around the lake with friends. Traction devices & poles were needed as well as proper winter gear. Our friends had never been to RMNP, so they were thrilled with the beauty of the lake. It was also neat that it snowed while we were there. We are from 8... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We visited RMNP during Winter'14. Bear lake is our best place to be in RMNP. It has wonderful views. There are many trails that can get you here. Visiting it in Winter was a great experience for me and my family.We did snow shoeing to get to bear lake from Alberta falls and the views which we saw were unforgettable.... More 

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