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Bear Lake Trailhead

Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
+1 970-586-1206
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This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and forests.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“alberta falls” (38 reviews)
“bear lake” (159 reviews)
“parking lot” (39 reviews)
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Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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"alberta falls"
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"bear lake"
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"parking lot"
in 39 reviews
"park and ride"
in 18 reviews
"easy hike"
in 21 reviews
"starting point"
in 9 reviews
"shuttle bus"
in 11 reviews
"flattop mountain"
in 9 reviews
"any age"
in 4 reviews
"great place to start"
in 4 reviews
"lily pads"
in 7 reviews
"snow and ice"
in 5 reviews
"popular trail"
in 4 reviews
"lots of water"
in 5 reviews
"elevation gain"
in 10 reviews
"half a mile"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bear Lake Trailhead is the access point to many amazing hikes in the Rocky Mountain NP. We did the following hikes in September: Day 1 - Nymph, Dream and Emerald Lakes, Lake Haiyaha, Mills and Jewel Lakes, The Loch, Timberline Falls, Lake of Glass, Sky...More

Thank pingaroo
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

This is a 9 or 10 mile hike, depending on which source you believe. It's an absolutely spectacular hike, particularly when going down the Odessa Lake canyon. You leave one from or the other trailhead, and then take the shuttle system to get to back...More

Thank jjo
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

This is just stunning, and it is wonderful to bring any person of any age. You can walk such a small distance (1/4 mile and up total) and see amazing beauty. We live about an hour from this and go to it all the time...More

Thank Jessica B
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

This was an absolutely beautiful and a very easy level hike. Great views and was not very far from the parking lot. Options to add on additional hikes as well. Bathrooms are nasty and there was a wait to park in the lot when we...More

Thank ewachtler
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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

The trailhead offers routes from the very difficult to the very easy. All of the trails are very scenic and you can't really pick a bad one. If you want an easy one, Bear lake itself is great, if a little crowded. The three lakes...More

Thank John V
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

275' from the paved parking lot is an incredible mountain lake, in the fall there are stands of golden aspen, the air is crisp and nearly flat, dirt trail has multiple benches and photo opps along the way. At a leisurely pace, it takes 30...More

1  Thank StyleCoach1
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

The volunteers at the trail head were very helpful. The hike around Bear Lake is beautiful. We were able to continue on to Mills Lake with a stop at Alberta Falls on the way. It was a bit of a hike for our first day...More

1  Thank tnk9581
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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Get very early to secure the parking spot and avoid bad weather. We left at 1 pm and we experienced snow storm driving down in the middle of August. Elevation makes the weather colder. Trailhead is easy. Our disabled son had no issues. Perfect for...More

1  Thank Bozena S
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

This was our first trip to the Rocky Mountains! My husband, 3 kids (2 middle schoolers and a preschooler) and I - the littlest one hates walking. We left Denver around 6am to get to the park by 8am in hopes of getting a parking...More

1  Thank Amanda T
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We tried around noon on a Saturday to get to bear lake. After we got in the gate and headed that way, we waited in a long line of cars only to find out the rangers closed it due to no more parking. So we...More

Thank TheRoc74
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Mike G
29 January 2018|
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Response from rxturner | Reviewed this property |
Hi. The Bear Lake Trail would be a wonderful place for the kids to hike. I don't believe it was paved, but it's very flat with plenty of opportunities for the best family pictures! Keep track of them of course, but let them... More
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21 June 2017|
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