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Address: Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Phone Number: 9705861206
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This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and...

This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and forests.

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Breath taking scenery

There is a large carpark but you need to arrive before 8.00am to get a space. Rest rooms just before the trailhead. There are several different trails all clearly marked. Bear... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is a large carpark but you need to arrive before 8.00am to get a space. Rest rooms just before the trailhead. There are several different trails all clearly marked. Bear lake is the first and easiest to negotiate after that there is more elevation gain but totally worth the extra effort. We especially enjoyed the hike to Lake Haiyaha... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

For any families with children with disabilities, the national parks pass is an amazing deal. Our son and his car go in free of charge. This trailhead is extremely crowded, so we always go in the afternoon and we always get a parking spot almost at the front. Go in the morning and you'll have to spend an extra half... More 

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting Estes Park for an afternoon and took the free shuttle into the park. From there, we took the free hiker shuttle to Bear Lake Trailhead. You'll find Rangers at the trailhead to help you and answer any wildlife related questions you may have. It is a great, easy hike for the entire family.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You get exercise and enjoy the beauty at the same time. What better way to spend a day. Take a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors. A camera is a must if not you will regret not bringing it.

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Marathon, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Scenic hike, easy hike accessible from Bear Lake parking lot. Note that the lot fills up so get there early. You can ride the free hiker shuttle from Estes Park and the Park and Ride which can be crowded but is a very nice amenity. Nice place for a picnic just be prepared to share the area with a lot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love hiking around this lake. Just beautiful, and a very easy hike. Took some gorgeous pictures. You can also hike to Nymph and Emerald Lake. All are beautiful, but very different. Just get there early, as parking lot fills up early.

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Hinsdale, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 18 mile hike I did from Bear Lake to Snow Drift has to be the coolest thing I have done in my 13 years of life. We started at 2:30 in the morning and arrived back at 3:00 in the afternoon. After hiking through clouds and glacading down snow, I don't know to entertain myself anymore.

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Denver, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove up during Labor Day Weekend and AFTER they took our money they turned us around and wouldn't even allow us to drive up to the Bear Lake Trailhead. When I asked one of the Park Rangers why they waited until we paid to tell us that, he got rude and said keep it moving.

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Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We used this trailhead to explore several trails. We arrived by 8:00 in the morning every morning during the week and we were able to find a place to park. By the time we would be heading out a few hours later, the parking lot was full. The hike up to Emerald Lake is doable for flatlanders, just take your... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I left Denver to drive up into the mountains. When we finally arrived at the visitor center in Estes Park, we were told all the parking lots were full and we could wait for the bus which wasn't due for 40 minutes. This is not what we wanted to hear at 9:35 AM. We hiked another area... More 

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