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This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and forests.
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Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Estes Park in late June. One of the hikes we took was the 4 lakes hike (Bear, Nymph, Dream and Emerald). This was a great hike with fantastic views. Much of the hike between Dream and Emerald Lake was still covered with snow...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank kevbop
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With only a half-day to explore RMNP, we made this our first hike of the day. Lots of snow remained on the shady side of the lake trail. Chipmunks are glad to pose for your photos in hopes of a handout. If you only have...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Jim N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I LOVE Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a stunning, bucket list worthy place to visit. We stopped by Bear Lake while visiting. They offer a free shuttle, but we opted out of this, instead "stalking" folks in the parking lot to find a parking...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank JenFauxCampbell
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hiked to Emerald lake about 1.8 miles from the starting point. Very beautiful scenery with streams, lakes and snowy mountain. Some parts of the trail had snow and was somehow difficult to hike as it was slippery. Restrooms are available at the start of the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank ahirji1753
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are a couple of hikes starting from this trailhead. The hike around bear lake is short but beautiful, and is easy for anyone to enjoy. The hike up to the other lakes are even more spectacular and offers beautiful views and shouldn’t be missed...More

Date of experience: June 2019
2  Thank JMJohnsson
Reviewed June 10, 2019

We were looking for short easier hikes for our children on our last visit to RMNP. We decided to hike around Bear Lake. It would have been very simple but unfortunately there was a ton of snow (packed ice) still on the trail. This is...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Anita K
Reviewed March 19, 2019

This is always our first hike at Rocky Mountain National Park, even though it is short. But the views are fantastic across the beautiful lake, and often see wildlife here. We then often set off for one of the longer hikes, like one of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jim314159
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Indian summer was just starting when we walked this nice but simple trail. On a beautiful day it is pretty crowded on the parking lot but easy access is possible from a lower situated parking place. Than either take the shuttle bus or hike your...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank FrequentFlier454200
Reviewed September 30, 2018

The end of the shuttle bus park & ride run. There are rest rooms here. There was a ranger hanging around too so they may do a talk or short walk sometime during the day. If interested in this check on website or at the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank geoffviking
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

Easy hike and beautiful. Even if you're not planning on getting out of the car, change your mind and walk around this lake. It's a half hour or less, and it's so pretty.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from rxturn | Reviewed this property |
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
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