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Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206
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Easy short hike for everyone (depending on the time of year) and some tips

A delightful trail that is mostly level with hard packed gravel. Easy stroll for all ages with... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Steve F
Nunica, Michigan

We parked in the park and ride area and took the free shuttle to Bear Lake so that both I and the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Denver, Colorado
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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206

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Reviewed 2 days ago

A delightful trail that is mostly level with hard packed gravel. Easy stroll for all ages with beautiful views of the lake with the mountains in the background. The trail is less than a half mile. Some tips: If you go early in the summer,...More

Thank Steve F
Reviewed 4 days ago

We parked in the park and ride area and took the free shuttle to Bear Lake so that both I and the driver could enjoy all the scenery. We hike around the lake, climbing over the sections that had several feet of snow. Lots of...More

Thank LovingColorado2010on
Reviewed 6 days ago

We spent a lot of time at Bear Lake. We were there in early June and there was snow around half of the lake trails. We enjoyed the trail around the lake. It was a little sketchy at times for an older person but didn't...More

Thank Gma58
Reviewed 1 week ago

For a bachelorette party a group of women and I wanted to hike at the Rocky Mountain National Park. We spent the majority of time hiking at Alluvial Fan. We were pretty tired after hiking there, so only went to view the lake (which was...More

Thank justkeepingtabs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bear Lake hike is relatively flat as you go around the entire lake (about 1/2 mile). Many of the path areas still had snow covering - had to walk around or over. Views are great. In late afternoon, likely would find parking all the way...More

Thank Pedsdrs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a great place to stop--lots of options for hikers of all abilities as it's the trailhead for more than one path. The short hike around Bear Lake is easy and fun- NOT for strollers!! Just there last week and there is still a lot...More

1  Thank kmlctravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Half Mile round trip around the whole lake. It's gorgeous all the way around. We saw butterflies and chipmunks. There was snow on the trail in many areas and also mud and standing water. It was fun!! Must go!!

Thank Lori P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bear lake is the poster lake of Rocky. It can get very busy. I'd recommend getting their before 8am or after 3pm. Their is a lower lot that has shuttle service that you should use between these times. The lake itself is gorgeous and maybe...More

1  Thank John V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Near to the parking area and easily reached this is an awesome high mountain lake with a walking trail that takes you around it. Truly beautiful. Lots of great picture opportunities. There are several other trails near by that are also fun to hike. God...More

Thank Erin C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hadn't been hiking in Estes Park area in quite a few years. Took our son, who loves the outdoors. Great walk around the lake. Some snow still on the ground too. Son had the opportunity to have a conversation with a ranger. Just a really...More

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What are some good places to camp nearby?
March 28, 2017|
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Response from fv1989 |
Depending on when you plan to visit, the closest campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park are Glacier Basin and Moraine Park. Aspenglen would be another option in RMNP. Do a Google Search for RMNP campgrounds and you... More
My son and I are visiting and would like to do this hike on March 16. We didn't bring winter wear with us and have just sneakers. Will we need other footwear?
March 17, 2017|
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Response from fv1989 |
In case another person sees this, the trail around Bear Lake had about 60 inches of snow on the ground on March 16. That amount of accumulated snow is normal in winter and early spring. Sneakers are NOT adequate because... More
Tallon V
Are dogs allowed? Swimming allowed?
August 9, 2016|
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Response from Laura3420 | Reviewed this property |
HI, I'm pretty sure dogs are not allowed on trails in RMNP. I thought I read that somewhere before our trip. And, I didn't see anything about swimming at Bear Lake.