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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%
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Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
+1 970-586-1206
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are several trails from this area. The easiest takes you around Bear Lake. I am not near a professional photographer but I will share a few. "It's worth the hike" is heard about many trails in the area.

Thank Jessie P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in Rapid City, SD and from South Dakota to Cheyenne, Wyoming and all the way to Fort Collins, Colorado to visit Bear Lake in the Rocky Mountains. This is the second time visiting the area and so much has changed, but all in...More

2  Thank May E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the easiest walks in Rocky Mountain National Park. Less than a mile, flat prepared trail. Most of the 'trail' is wheel chair accessible. Nice reflection of surrounding peaks in the lake at sunset. Note, this is NOT a challenging hike, just a pretty...More

Thank charliespal2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's busy here. Maybe that fact is well known. i drove up about 9:00 AM with the thought I could just wait for a parking space to open up. No such luck. Don't try it. The Rangers will keep you moving and tell you to...More

Thank OrygunDuck
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hike was way too easy and we could't get enough of the picturesque view and spent almost 3-4 hrs walking around the trail and clicking pictures from every possible angle.

Thank Deepika S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bear Lake, itself, is beautiful. But, it tends to be crowded. If you take one of the trails away from the lake, into the backcountry, you will soon lose the crowds but still be treated to amazing scenery. I cannot wait to go back and...More

Thank azsuma
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Right off the parking area is Bear Lake. This is very easy to get to and accessible to all. We took the Emerald Lake Trail which takes you to Nymph Lake, Dream Lake and Emerald Lake. All in about 2 or 3 hours if you're...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Place - The bear head lake is the starting point for a number of short hikes - around the lake , and then onto Nymph lake , Dream lake and emerald lake . We stayed at Estes Park so a short 20-25 minute drive from...More

Thank Amit G
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

With wide relatively flat paths to the lake once the snow has gone this is a perfect place to take someone who has a disability. It's close to the car park and popular but it's also a busy place so parking places are at a...More

Thank D P
Reviewed 21 April 2017

First family trip to the Rockies, wanted to visit and do some hiking. started at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, Ranger provided information for our visit then we learned that it was Free day ! Trail Ridge road was closed so we headed to Bear...More

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Jay C
12 May 2017|
Response from loneflower1 |
Wondering too! A whole car load is only $20...but it says walk in is $10 a person. They would rather you ride than drive, but those numbers don't make sense?! I image there is still a fee with the shuttle, but if you have 3... More