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Address: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Phone Number: (970) 586-1206
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Bear Lake is subtle in its beauty. Because it doesn't require much to hike around it, the crowds can be distracting and give the feel of an amusement park. The Lake is serene... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Bear Lake is subtle in its beauty. Because it doesn't require much to hike around it, the crowds can be distracting and give the feel of an amusement park. The Lake is serene with varying views of the mountains from different angles around the lake. There are benches for relaxing. Came around 7:25 am on a Frdiay and there were... More 

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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This beautiful mountain lake is easily accessible to all, and is definetely one of the highlights of a trip to RMNP. Be sure to get there early (especially on weekends and holidays) as the limited parking fills up quick. There is bus shuttle, but always try and avoid crowds if possible.

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Boise
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is best seen in the early morning. The Bear Lake parking lot gets very crowded during the day due to Bear Lake's popularity, and unless you get there early, you'll need to take a shuttle there. There's a really nice walking path around the lake. Great accessibility. From the Bear Lake parking lot, you can hike to Dream Lake,... More 

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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely walk around the lake with paws to entertain kids, squirrels running around, beautiful views and a very easy walk with benches and rocks along the way for rests if need be.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a quick hike from the Bear Lake trailhead and was the first we encountered during our hike to Nymph, Dream and Emerald Lakes. This is handicap accessible and a real treat for everyone.

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Milwaukee, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great little hike but very popular, thus very busy. The views are lovely and it is not strenuous at all (good for strollers and wheelchairs.) Plenty of little stop-offs for photos with different angles etc. Be aware that you need to get to the trailhead before 8 am if you want a parking spot; otherwise you'll need... More 

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Hermitage
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This lake is the first one if you are going to Emerald Lake. They are basically on the same trail. This one is easy to get to. Very scenic to see.

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houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

So.....I hate driving and even riding in the mountains! You are wondering then why did you choose to visit Colorado?? It was a family trip. We opted to take the free shuttle ride from Estes Park Visitors Center with various stops & shuttle changes along the route. Good grief from being packed in like sardines to zipping along the Rocky... More 

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Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great short walk around Bear Lake or great place to start other hikes from. Bear Lake has a couple of small hills that a wheelchair may need help with, but it is definitely a doable walk for most.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The very popular stop is very busy. Bear Lake has a nice trail around it. Did not find a bad view. It is also a stop on the park's shuddle bus service. Park can be a problem so use the bus. Lots of great views at the lake and along the way.

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