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We really enjoyed the area around the lake. It was easy to walk around, and the views were awesome. There are hikes that you can go on from here, and we went to Emerald Lake and loved it.
The sign entering RMNP said Bear Lake...More
This is a must-do when in the park. While it is indeed crowded at times, the views and experience is worth it. One of the most beautiful places you can see without a ton of effort. Parking fills VERY early.
If you only go to Bear Lake it is about 260 feet, but you can travel further along the trailhead to other lakes except we did not have enough time. The lake is very pretty along with the mountains in the background. The day and...More
Paved roads, no parking, wait in line for shuttle buses, crowds of people. I did not like this at all at first. My experience of hiking in Colorado is chasing elk around with a bow. However, for families with kids and grandparents, this is the...More
We set out for a day of hiking with our 4&7 year old boys. Bear lake is a super quick hike with the option to continue on as far as you want. The trails are great, marked well and even though the trails were packed...More
We loved this trail, although the one drawback was that it became crowded very early in the morning. If you are like us and prefer to drive to the trailhead and take only one shuttle bus in, you need to arrive by 7 am or...More
Skip the hassle of trying to get a parking spot and just park at the park/ride. Buses run every 10 minutes or less. You can do 5 lakes covering about 7 miles of moderate hiking. Nymph, Dream, Emerald, Haiyaha and Bear. They are all different...More
Hi. The Bear Lake Trail would be a wonderful place for the kids to hike. I don't believe it was paved, but it's very flat with plenty of opportunities for the best family pictures! Keep track of them of course, but let them... More
Hi. The Bear Lake Trail would be a wonderful place for the kids to hike. I don't believe it was paved, but it's very flat with plenty of opportunities for the best family pictures! Keep track of them of course, but let them explore. You'll love it. The Rocky Mountain Nat'l park has a twitter page I believe where you can keep track of the crown level. The parking lot fills up fast, and you may have to park in Estes Park Garage and take the free trolley. We did.