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Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206
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Great Family Hiking

Bear Lake is a hub of a network of trails that extend various distances. There are several trails... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
126Robert
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Park Ridge, New Jersey
Beautiful views but an easy hike.

This is a wonderful day trip. Arrive early to ensure available parking. The lake is small and the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
KarenAmma1008
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San Francisco, California
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“easy hike” (115 reviews)
“parking lot” (122 reviews)
“alberta falls” (69 reviews)
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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Bear Lake is a hub of a network of trails that extend various distances. There are several trails that are 1/2 mile - 1 mile that is great fro beginning hikers or families with young children. We took the hike to Alberta Falls, which is...More

Thank 126Robert
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a wonderful day trip. Arrive early to ensure available parking. The lake is small and the walking trail around the lake is quite easy and moderate. Plenty of places to stop and rest along the way to enjoy the view. Restrooms are available...More

Thank KarenAmma1008
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Arrive super early for a parking spot at Bear Lake. (Lot filled by 7 am the weekday we went) Emerald Lake hike is so worth the effort! Beautiful! Saw an elk just before you reach Emerald Lake. Momma elk looked to live on the rock...More

Thank Sarahblove
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Easy walk with fabulous pristine forest and breathtaking view from every direction! We visited in late afternoon and the crowds were lessening and temperatures were perfect! Really a must see in this beautiful national park!

Thank shvc50
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a walk everyone can enjoy. It is crowded but the lake is beautiful. It is very easy and accessible to all ages and abilities. Toddlers and seniors alike will enjoy this spot. Arrive early or late to avoid the crowd.

Thank slsgo
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't get a chance to hike down and see it because we couldn't find a place to park. If you are planning on seeing it, go early in the morning or take the shuttle that goes into the park.

Thank Maddie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bear Lake is stunning and offers wonderful picture opportunities to capture the surrounding mountains reflecting in the lake. It is an easy walk around the lake and it is marked with informational signs noting points of interest. There are surrounding hiking trails as well. The...More

1  Thank Deb O
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived Denver Int’l Airport and picked up our rental car and drove 1-1/2 hours to the W entrance of RMNP. We bought the annual park pass online as we planned to visit 3 national park on this trip. As soon as we entered the...More

3  Thank Jwebuser
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bear lake is very popular spot in Rocky mountains national park. We travelled in Spring May 2017 just a week next to the snow storm in Colorado. So some part of the bear lake trail was covered with snow also the lake was little frozen....More

Thank Dhanashree A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Get there early if you want a parking spot otherwise take the free shuttle. Great starting point for multiple hiking trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. Hiked Flattop Mountain trail with an elevation over 12k feet. Spectacular views from the summit with additional trails to...More

Thank juma196
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libbyhooley
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
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howlanddeborah
March 17, 2017|
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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
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Tallon V
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.
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