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Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are not seasoned hikers, but do enjoy the CO outdoors and this hike was great! We took our 2 teenagers who were patient in waiting for me while I caught my breath and took pictures on the way up to the top. It's not...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank SandyF2662
Reviewed October 11, 2019 via mobile

There is limited parking here be we were lucky to get a spot. Otherwise, the shuttle stops here. This trail was moderate to difficult. There were a lot of switch backs and a steep climb for 1 mile. The views on the way up were...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Whitney S
Reviewed October 7, 2019 via mobile

This was a great starter hike with 4 flatlanders over age 60 ;-) we didn’t get out to hike until 10am so we found a place to park on the roadside parking and walked the roadside path to the trailhead. We hit the weather perfectly...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Monica G
Reviewed September 6, 2019

We asked a ranger and got the very good insight to start the hike at Bear Lake (take the shuttle, it makes it so much easier). This allows for a net decrease in the hike; some of the areas are rocky and are much more...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Bill H
Reviewed August 26, 2019 via mobile

The lake is gorgeous and it is in a pine forest. The trail up to the lake is stressful in that it is steep, circuitous, and that the vegetation is long. One must be careful of small rocks, and one should wear proper shoes. The...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 11, 2019

I was in RMNP with my husband and 3 young children. After walking around Lake Estes and having my kids complain to be carried, we decided to skip hiking together. I researched trails that I could do alone within a couple hours the morning we...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Hlhardinger
Reviewed July 23, 2019

I really enjoyed this hike. The views on the first mile up a really steep switchbacked section are just amazing. The mountains and valleys are breathtaking. This is really steep. My sister and I are in decent shape and struggled a bit. I saw an...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank CrystalS841
Reviewed July 22, 2019

Uphill switchback trail up to the top and then most flat walk out to the lake. Moderate hike but trail is easy to walk and navigate. The lake is incredible and the reflection view from the water is beautiful. Lots of amazing photos to be...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Jessica K
Reviewed June 13, 2019

My husband and I did this hike at the recommendation of the forums. We were there last week (early June), and there was still a LOT of snow on most trails (Emerald Lake, Mills Lake, etc). We took the advice of many and left from...More

Date of experience: June 2019
2  Thank Ashley T
Reviewed June 11, 2019

This is a moderate level hike that is worth the effort. Uphill switchback climb that rewards you with a lovely lake. Parking is limited at the trail head so you may need to take the handy shuttle bus.

Date of experience: June 2019
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