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Address: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Phone Number: (970) 586-1206
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Lovely fall hike

This was one of our favorite hikes in Estes Park. It is an easy hike around a small lake with beautiful views. Go early in the morning as the parking lot is full by 8:30 AM. Go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
mgmaple
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Maple Grove, Minnesota

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was one of our favorite hikes in Estes Park. It is an easy hike around a small lake with beautiful views. Go early in the morning as the parking lot is full by 8:30 AM. Go early to get photos of the sun reflecting in the lake. Be ready for gorgeous fall colors in September!

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Midwest USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Bear Lake is beautiful. You can walk around the lake or just sit on the provided benches to view. You can watch the children having a great time climbing past the rail to dip their toes/fingers in the water (which is okay to do!). We kept seeing signs the parking lot was full, but we risked going on our own... More 

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

An easy, fairly level walk around the Bear Lake, you will see a serene lake, surrounded by a great forest of evergreens, aspens, and immense fallen rocks. In the fall, the colors are spectacular.

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Westminster, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Popular so parking is difficult but it's a wonderful lake to hike around. Each season gives you a different experience. Amazingly crystal clear lake. No swimming.

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Forney, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bear Lake is a beautiful little lake that is easily walked around. We were there in mid September and the aspens were turning gold and orange. Was absolutely gorgeous.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got there around sunset. The place is quite crowded, but doesn't feel that way because the lake is quite vast. The trailhead to a number of hikes are by this lake, so finding a spot to park would be difficult if you arrive late. It is a gorgeous place with clear clean waters. Perfect place to enjoy some quiet... More 

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Bennington, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bear Lake is itself an awesome place. Because of that, the parking lot often fills long before noon. They do have a free shuttle bus, but we were told that it was completely booked as well. As we headed up Bear Lake Road, the electronic sign stated that parking was full, and recommended returning later in the day. We were... More 

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Broomfield, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a short trip to Estes Park and decided to take a quick hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. The ranger recommended Bear Lake since the hike was only about 1/2 mile, but it was still quite scenic. The Aspen tree stands were just starting to show the color so we were able to take a couple of pictures.... More 

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Murrieta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bear Lake is a small, beautiful lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are lots of rangers at the entrance to the trail at the parking lot. They will answer any questions and tell you about the local animals and plants you may see on your hike. It is quite an easy walk around the lake, most of it is... More 

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Derby, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

easy hike - paved all away around. Pretty lake and will take one hour to walk all the way around - plenty of parking

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