Bear Lake Trailhead
Bear Lake Trailhead
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This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and forests.
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SongBird1278
213 contributions
Jul 2020
We started by viewing Bear Lake, which we thought was nice but didn't see why it was such a big deal. We then ended up hiking to Alberta Fall since it was less busy than the trail to all the lakes. From there we looked at the map the park ranger had given us and decided to loop around to Lake Haiyaha (which is the best) and Nymph and Dream lakes back to the trailhead as it didn't look long. I must say it was long - according to my Fitbit we hiked roughly 7.5 miles by the time we were done. What we thought might take an hour or so ended up being 3.5 hours. it was a bit steep at times, but not bad compared to some of the hikes we had done earlier in the week This trail was worth it! We saw so much: waterfalls, lakes, wide open views, gorges, etc. My husband said it was in the top 3 of his favorite hikes we have ever taken.
Written July 7, 2020
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Margaret H
Warrington, PA5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We started the morning at Sprague Lake to watch the sunrise and fortunate enough to see a moose herd eating in the lake. Then we adventured to Bear Lake and hiked past Alberta Falls to Mills and Jewel Lakes. It’s a 6+ mile uphill hike with some rocky trails but worth the effort. We were also fortunate to see a herd of elk at the tip of a jewel Lake. The round trip hike took us about 3hr and we walk at a relatively brisk pace. The views are spectacular!
Written August 25, 2023
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Maggie E
Saint Louis, MO93 contributions
Jun 2020
Bear lake trailhead is your gateway to some of the best hikes in the park! You can take an easy walk around beautiful bear lake itself to get started! A super easy and accessible walk. We always parked at the Park & Ride. Took the shuttle up. This is your gateway to Nymph, Dream, and Emerald lakes which is NOT to be missed. You can also hike down to the Glacier Gorge area and directly onto the trail for Alberta Falls too!
Written June 18, 2020
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George S
Miami Beach, FL1,104 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
This is the trailhead that you should choose if you are short on time at the Park. A lot of nice and interesting trails / sites radiate from this trailhead. Parking here gets filled up very early, so use the Park & Ride service take the free bus here.
Written October 31, 2022
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Adventurers11805
Charlotte, NC215 contributions
May 2022
Awesome short hike, recommend early morning visit either by car or shuttle bus. We saw some ladies hiking in flip flops - bad idea especially if you take trail to Victoria Falls. Walking stick was very helpful. Snow still on trail late May. It may not melt til late June. The views of snowy peaks and the lake were awesome😃
Written May 28, 2022
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Hilary
Rochester, MN7 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
My hike started at the Bear Lake Trailhead. From there, I hiked the Dream Lake - Lake Haiyaha Trail to Emerald Lake. The trails were really busy, especially near Bear Lake. The temps were in the mid to upper 20’s F. There was packed snow and ice on the trail. I rented micro spikes from a local mountain supply store. Well worth it. Spectacular hike!!
Written November 23, 2023
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MyHumbleOpinion
Tulsa, OK360 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Enjoyed this nice walk that provides lots of good pictures in the late afternoon early evening. The flies biting were next level. Bring your spray even though it’s a quick walk around the lake.
Written September 7, 2020
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Nikki B
Libertyville, IL68 contributions
Jul 2020
If you get the chance, talk to one of the rangers at this popular spot. We met a really nice retired school teacher from northwest Indiana. He told us to do the Bear Lake hike, then take the trail for Alberta Falls. From the Falls, take the Glacier Gorge trail, and catch the shuttle there. It saved us a tough uphill hike back to Bear Lake. Glad we were able to utilize the shuttle in that way.
Written August 8, 2020
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boilerbc
Harrisonburg, VA28 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Nice trail to Emerald Lake. Uphill quite a bit but some great scenery, some of the best on the east side. I think Dream Lake is the best in that 3 lake series. Fairly heavily trafficked.
Written July 31, 2022
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Rebecki14
Fort Collins, CO743 contributions
We took a wonderful hike starting at the Bear Lake Trailhead. We took the trail towards Odessa Lake and ended at the Fern Lake Trailhead.
The hike is 8.5 miles from the Bear Lake trailhead to Fern Lake Trailhead. You can catch the shuttle at the end of the hike to go back to Bear Lake trailhead to the parking lot if you park there. Although the Bear Lake Trailhead is one of the most used trails, most people just go for a mile or so and then turn around, so we only saw 3 groups of hikers once we got past Bear Lake.
The hike starts out with a bit of a steep climb for about half a mile or so, from there it is a steady uphill climb, but nothing too hard. After you hit Odessa Lake, it is mostly down hill the rest of the way. You come across several lakes and waterfalls, an the views are beautiful! I'd reccommend this hike to any one who isn't looking for a hard hike, but wants to experience some great views and scenery.
Written June 22, 2006
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