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Beautiful Lake surrounded by mountains

Easy walk ! Beautiful view ! Good for photography ! Elevation of 9,450 feet ! We spend a long... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2018
Jamil_Sayed
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
An Easy Walk with Scenic Views

We spent a day in late September 2018 hiking in the Bear Lake area of RMNP. We arrived early enough... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
Canadianstraveling
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Oakville, Canada
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

Easy walk ! Beautiful view ! Good for photography ! Elevation of 9,450 feet ! We spend a long time beside the Bear Lake. Just halted and seated leisurely. We found the quite easy loop around the lake. On the 30th September 2018, the parking...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

We spent a day in late September 2018 hiking in the Bear Lake area of RMNP. We arrived early enough on a weekday (about 9:00 A.M.) to get one if the last parking spaces in the Park & Ride lot and after just a few...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

We visited on a sunny October Saturday, nearly put off as police had closed road and diverting all cars to park and ride and massive queues and difficult to find space. After 10 mins driving round we were on point of giving up and as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 90CathyMac
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

If you are looking for a easy hike at Rocky Mountains NP then this is the best one. You get the walk around the lake with the mountains as the back group. On a clear summer evening the sky turns crimson and the lake looks...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

Everyone likes Bear Lake. You get the pretty lake with the mountains in the background. The trail around Bear Lake is also fairly easy. It's a flat trail with little elevation gain. It's about a mile around the lake. You get a little taste of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank photoguywisconsin
Reviewed October 14, 2018

This was my first stop for my day in RMNP. It had just snowed and the trails and rock formations were still gently snow-covered. There were also icicles hanging along the trail. The water was pristinely clear and the skies were bright blue. It was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank cmmbaltimore
Reviewed October 4, 2018

An easy walk around the lake for almost everyone. There is even a short section that is accessible for those in wheelchairs. Lovely views, benches too.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank gsrs
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Go to the park and ride and take the shuttle. The parking lot fills up early. Walk around the lake and pick a hike. I recommend the lake hikes, especially in the fall. By fall there is not much water in the falls. Less than...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Mike D
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

We were on my regular tour to Rocky west through east and driving towards Bear Lake.. Suddenly all the traffic was stopped assuming due to an accident have happened somewhere before us with lot of cops around. After 20 mins or so, when we reached...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

Take the shuttle bus up from the park and ride, it’s very easy and convenient. The hike around the lake is easy and scenic- good for families. We took the trail back down to Alberta Falls which was nice because it was mostly downhill.

Date of experience: September 2018
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bucketlistfor2
October 4, 2018|
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Response from David V | Reviewed this property |
Some hotels and resorts actually have a shuttle to Bear Lake if I understood correctly.There may also be public transportation to the site. Also, once you get into the park, you can be shuttled to the entrance from various... More
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ins0mniac
Bear, Delaware
only half day to see RMNP driving through (6 Replies)
We wish we had more time, but not this time. We will be driving through the park on June 1st on our way to Denver coming from west. We expect to reach Granby Lake between 1-2 pm, then take the trail ridge road. If time permits, we would like to take the detour to Bear Lake and walk around the lake before coming back up to continue trail ridge road, onto Estes Park, and then to Denver. I understand this doesn't give us much time to do anything but making a few photo stops, but I figure that's...More
May 01, 2010|
Response fromBabalax|
Estimates are that it takes approximately 2 hours of non-stop driving to get from one side to the other. Since sunset isn't until 8:30 pm. you should be fine.
OkieDokieIII
Midwest
where to stay around Bear Lake??? (1 Replies)
Going to be near Bear Lake in mid-September. Would like to stay near the lake or nearby area for a couple days......use to live in nearby area and returning after many years so don't know what is available? Is the golf course still going and where to eat? The Bear Lake area was one of my favorite spots in the west.......Also, what about the highway going from Bear Lake to Logan......read where there is construction going on.......can you still get through to Logan? love the area....
August 13, 2005|
Response fromHappy2day|
Greetings! The Cub River Guest Ranch has quite a bit to offer. Horse and ATV rentals, swimming pool, hot tub and such. You could contact them
willowcrow
San Jose, California
Planning itinerary for 4 days of vacation in Colorado. (5 Replies)
I will be in Colorado for Labor Day weekend from Thursday till Monday. I will fly in and be in DIA Thursday by noon. My plan is to take train to downtown Denver, have lunch there and then rent a car and stay 2 nights at Estes Park. I already booked hotel there. I plan to get up early and explore main sights in RMNP such as Bear Lake, Sprage Lake, Grand Juction. I also plan to ride Trail Ridge. Then after sunset, go back to Estes Park where I will stay last night. Will I have enough time...More
August 21, 2017|
Response fromspringschick|
I'll give a tip on Garden of the Gods. You can park on Chambers Way (residential)off NW 31st and just walk in from there. I think you would have time to drive up Pikes Peak but the cog would already be booked.Another option is to take in the views from the parking lot of Cave of the Winds. Royal Gorge is another 45 min drive south of CS (very doable). Any other free time can be spent walking around Manitou Springs or Old Colorado City.