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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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Access to many other lakes

The hike up to Dream Lake is about 1.1 miles and 500 vertical feet from the Bear Lake trailhead, and Emerald lake is another half a mile or so beyond that. It's a gorgeous... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Boise
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The hike up to Dream Lake is about 1.1 miles and 500 vertical feet from the Bear Lake trailhead, and Emerald lake is another half a mile or so beyond that. It's a gorgeous, easy-moderate hike. Drive to the trail head early, because the parking lot fills up very quickly due to its popularity.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I spent all day in the Bear lake area in Augm 2016. I hiked around bear lake and continued onto Emerald lake. Wonderful day with great weather. I also explored other trails.

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Sioux Falls, SD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Take the very easy hike around beautiful Bear Lake. It's a very busy place with a wide, mostly flat trail. Lots of photos opportunities! For more of a challenge & more beauty hike up the Emerald Lake, definitely worth the effort.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Got here early on a weekday and parking was not an issue. Came again on a weekend, but the parking lot was maxed-out. The hike around the lake is easy and anyone can do it, hence the trail can be crowded. It's a great place to take early morning pictures to catch the light on the mountains without hiking several... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped at this place on our way to Trial Ridge Road. Easy walk ( if you want to just circle the lake ). Make sure that you are checking at 'Mountain Visiting Center ( 8 Miles before Bear lake Road) about parking as there are many chances that you will be sent back to use Park & Ride all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This whole area is absolutely beautiful . We all did this walk and a few others in the area . This walk is the easier one of them all . The walkway is even and good even for elderly folks . Watch out for the cheeky chipmunks, who in-spite of do not feed signs , expect to be fed .

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bear Lake trail head is very busy and with all the shuttle buses dropping off people, it was almost like an amusement park. However, regardless of the crowds the views of the lakes and water falls is worth dealing with all the people. We got there early at 7:30am and there was plenty of parking but it did fill up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the busiest places in RMNP only for the fact that there are several hikes that start here and they are easy hikes. We only did Bear Lake (VERY easy) and then Nymph Lake. Nymph Lake is considered and "easy" hike and for the most part that's true however, just know that the hike TO nymph lake... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In late June 2016, we got there around 8am and the parking lot was nearly full. There are a lot of awesome trails jumping off at Bear Lake and this is a very popular area.

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Atlanta Ga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the pleasure of hiking the Bear Lake trail head with 5 girlfriends in Aug 2016. You need to get to the trail head parking lot early if you want a parking spot, but if you don't you can catch a shuttle to get there. First we hiked to Nymph lake which is lovely with water lilies covering a... More 

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