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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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+1 970-586-1206
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Pens4821
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved the rangers at the Bear Lake trailhead. So nice to my budding Junior Ranger. Make sure you ask for the VIP gentleman who retired and has been coming out for 26 years.

Thank worldsmymuse
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Meegsman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank kimsX7442XV
Reviewed August 9, 2018

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

Thank Britt H
Reviewed August 8, 2018

Beautiful place to catch the sunrise. A gentle walk around the lake. Parking is full early so be early or grab a shuttle.

Thank Charlie C
Reviewed August 2, 2018

All the hikes I have taken from Bear Lake Trail head have been beautiful. Nice trail head, with bathrooms and seems to always have some National Park rangers around too.

Thank got2bebiking
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

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

2  Thank Oldehoefts
Reviewed July 22, 2018

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

Thank Lese W
Reviewed July 21, 2018

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

3  Thank Rudy F
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Mike G
January 29, 2018|
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Response from rxturner | 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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