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“Alberta Falls”

Bear Lake Trailhead
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Owner description: This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and forests.
Reviewed October 6, 2013

We were running short for time and heard this was a good walk. Took the shuttle bus to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead because the small parking lot at the TH was full, this ran regularly so there was hardly any wait. The walk was easy and beautiful, I did most of it in bare feet, the path is soft and clear. The waterfall wasn't huge but it was fantastic all the same given we didn't have to walk too far, 1.2miles round trip. Saw some chipmunks and amazing views. All in all a good walk suitable for all ages. Standard N.Park entrance fee applies. We did it in about 50mins but it would have been nice to have had a picnic or something at the falls.

Thank Steph S
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Bear Lake is absolutely beautiful. The 1 mile trail around the lake is great for all ages and is wheel chair accessible. I got there early to see the mountain reflections in the water.

1  Thank M J
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

We pushed a wheel chair with my 93 year-old mother-in-law on the trail around Bear Lake. Lovely views with places to rest and great photo ops. This was my second visit to Bear Lake. The Alluvian Fan is also a favorite spot in the park...more photo ops.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had a great time. First time in the Rockies. From Illinois, we thought we should take it easy due to people telling us the altitude take time to acclimate to. But, we couldn't resist; we kept going and going that day. Every time we saw a beautiful lake view or water fall, or mt. Stream we'd just want to keep going. The guides/ rangers were there at the start to get you informed about your options. We got up early so we'd get a parking spot and not have to take the bus part way up the mt. To get to the trail head. That's what a ranger told us the night before. We took lots of pictures and of course we planned a trip next year, picking out other greater challenges for that visit.

2  Thank Vern D
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We spent a couple of days hiking in RMNP. The Bear Lake TH is located on the Estes Park side of the park and is the first left past the Ranger check in station to the park $20 for the week to gain access to the park if you don't have a annual national parks pass. At Bear Lake TH you have lots of options for spurs to other hikes. We took the Helene Lake trail which also continues on to Odessa. Its a nice hike and has a lot to offer, covered tree line areas of the trail offer shade and an assortment of birds flittering about. Great for bird watching, then onto some more open gravel patches exposed providing a nice view of the valley treed with tall evergreens below.
Lake Helene is reached by an unmarked trail however is easy enough to find if paying attention to a distinctive fork in the path. go right and about 200 yards you will come in view of the lake. A small lake, Lake Helene is a nice small lake that is a perfect picnic spot with tree line banks and shallow waters edge. Keep an eye out for mining marmots roaming about, we saw a group of 3 on our visit. Out and back it was about 7.6 miles. A nice intermediate hike. for those that want to see something without actually hiking Bear Lake is right at the entrance of the TH you may walk around the lake and get a nice view and enjoy the scenery without exerting any effort. Work was being completed on the tail too but nothing that impeded our hike, go out and enjoy! beautiful and you can live the outdoor dream.

Thank allready2goru
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