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Address: 5000 Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

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Great for those that want a great view without a long hike

Easily accessible for a much broader range of disabilities and fitness levels than other trails in the park, but worth seeing for anyone. The parking lot fills up VERY early so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Easily accessible for a much broader range of disabilities and fitness levels than other trails in the park, but worth seeing for anyone. The parking lot fills up VERY early so plan on getting there before 8am

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. I love the trail that goes all of the way around the lake. The front half of the lake near the parking area has hard surfaces with many areas to sit and enjoy the beauty of the lake. As the trail leaves the front of the lake it gets rocky... More 

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Prosper, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

In the peak months you have to take a tram to hike this trail because the parking lot is full. Pretty, but there are less busier and more pretty places in Colorado.

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Moline, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

So quaint and beautiful. Enjoyed the trail to the lake and time we spent there. Just wish that we had gone earlier in the day so that we could have spend more time exploring.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This has got to be one of the most beautiful spots in the RMNP, summer or winter no matter the time of the year. It is also a great spot to start some trail hiking to some absolutely stunning areas of the mountains. Everyone needs to visit this lake but also respect the park, nature and don't deviate from the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Beautiful lake. Easily accessible and with a trail around the edge - about 1km of easy walking. We visited in April when the lake was still frozen, but with blue skies, sunshine we were able to wander around in shorts and t-shirts despite it being about 34F / 2C. Loved seeing the frozen falls over rocks, walking around the lake... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Beautiful lake with amazing access to all the good trails on the East side of RMN. Definitely not in the "wildnerness" here what with all the crowds and man-made stuff everywhere--but only a short hike and you're away from it all.

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carmel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Visited bear lake in April. A fun hike for the kids. The lake was beautiful even when frozen. Think it would be much better in the summer but still amazing. Enjoy!

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We started out here with a trip around the lake on a paved trail with many nice stopping areas to sit or picnic or take photos. After leaving Bear Lake trail we continued up the hill for several more miles visiting other lakes up above. They were all crystal clear and you could see many trout swimming around the edges.... More 

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Nixa, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

July 2014. Amazing views and beautiful scenery. Make sure to check it out if you are in this area of the Park.

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