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“Come early for the Lakes”

Bear Lake Trailhead
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Owner description: This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and forests.
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Bear Lake Trailhead is a good place to start your day at Rocky Mountain National Park as it is in the South side of the Park. While we were there rangers did not allow cars to drive down to the trailhead area after 9 am. Luckily we arrived early and managed to get one of the last parking spaces, so we didn't have to waste time waiting for a shuttle. We did the hike to Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes, which is a fairly easy hike (1.8 miles each way with some elevation gain). Once you get to Emerald Lake, take the time to enjoy the scenery and have a snack before heading back. While also in the area, also check out Alberta Falls, another relatively short hike (0.6 miles each way). We did not hike around Bear Lake, but based on pictures I've seen, it looks like any other mountain lake.

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Reviewed September 14, 2012

The bear lake trailhead is the starting point for hikes up to a few very pretty alpine lakes. The shortest hike was to Nymph Lake and it was well worth it -- if you don't mind the steep hike (230 feet elevation change) up. On the other hand, the trail to Nymph Lake is only 0.5 miles.

Of course, getting to the trail head takes some planning. We had to park at the visitor center and take the shuttle bus to the trail head. The trail is well maintained but rocky at parts. It starts off gently but we were soon sweating in no time as the steepness plus the high elevation kicked in. Boy, were we glad that we filled up our water bottles at the trail head. We were also glad that this was our 3rd day so we were somewhat used to the high elevation -- otherwise we would have had to take more frequent rests.

But within half hour, we were rewarded with a very petite lake with dragonflies and water lilies. Some of us went on further to dream lake, but many of us were content just to sit back and enjoy the view. I added some photos as a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We have hiked many trails in the rocky mountains. This year we decided to hike to Black Lake. It was about 5 miles from Bear lake trailhead. Take lots of water. From Jewel lake , the trail becomes much more difficult and you go almost to tree line. The hike is gorgeous and worth the trip. We are very active and this round trip took us about 5 hours, including lunch. I wouldn't go past Jewel Lake if you're not prepared. We love all the hikes here. Go early for parking.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Emerald Lake, Nymph Lake, Bear Lake, and the gorgeous Alberta Falls can all be reached from this trailhead. Restroom facilities are available and park rangers are standing by to answer your questions.....always helpful! Lots of elk on the trails.

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Reviewed September 7, 2012

Bear lake is a really nice lake to walk around. Short trip from parking lot and about 1/2 mile total trip. Parking lot is quite large and leads to other lakes and trails. Very popular area. We arrived around 10 am and had plenty of parking . We also went back later around 7 and went on other trails. Nice spot Go there

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