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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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Take the free shuttle and avoid the parking hassles

We left our park near Fern Lake and then used the RMNP free shuttle to get to this trail head. Took the hassles out and put the car closer to our exit point. We then hiked from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Spokane, Washington
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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We left our park near Fern Lake and then used the RMNP free shuttle to get to this trail head. Took the hassles out and put the car closer to our exit point. We then hiked from Bear Lake Trailhead to Fern Lake Shuttle pickup. This is the easier way to do the hike - vertical gain at the start... More 

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We've done this hike the last two years with young kids and have had no problems. They may need to stop and rest for a bit, or get a drink of water, but the hike isn't too strenuous. This year we stopped at Dream Lake due to time constraints and it's beautiful with great picture taking spots. Tip: It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bear Lake Trailhead is a great place to begin hiking to Nymph Lake and Dream Lake. You can continue on towards other hiking trails when you reach Dream Lake. We hiked to Dream Lake. It took us about an hour and half to reach Dream Lake. We live at sea level and had to stop a few times to catch... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We started several hikes from this location, and they were all great. By far my favorite place to start a hike

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I came into the park from the south and stayed on the east side. I used the park and ride shuttle service in the park. It was a Sunday morning and a lot of people but the wait wasn't long. I rode to the end and got off at the Bear Lake Trailhead. By doing about a 5 mile hike,... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the trail from Bear Lake to Nymph Lake, Dream Lake and Emerald Lake. Approx 3.8 mile round trip. Don't do if you have bad knees. I saw very young children and several seasoned citizens on this hike. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove up while visiting Denver and had a wonderful afternoon hike. Our route took us past Alberta falls and then we looped up around Dream lake. The views were absolutely incredible. Not too strenuous, but wear good shoes and bring a water bottle.

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Ada, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked around Bear lake and did the hike to Emerald lake. Being from Oklahoma we had to take our time due to the elevation, but we made it. I would encourage everyone to do this hike. It is one of the most scenic views you will ever witness!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here near the end of the day - glad we did so we could beat the big crowds. We took the trail to Dream Lake and then came back to Bear Lake. Spectacular scenery - definitely is a spiritual experience. The trails are easy enough even if you are not a triathlete. Consider bug spray especially if you... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trailhead is nice because its the starting point for many trails. So you can take one trail there and back and get back to this trailhead to go to the bathroom and take a rest before starting the next hike. There is parking at the trailhead but I've heard it fills up by around 8am. You can take the... More 

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