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Address: Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Phone Number: +1 970-586-1206
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This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and...

This easy, half-mile hike will take you past beautiful alpine lakes and forests.

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Popular and plenty of toilets

As a major shuttle stop, the large, paved parking lot services the trailhead. Plenty of pit toilets here. Since this trailhead leads to several options for whatever experience... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a major shuttle stop, the large, paved parking lot services the trailhead. Plenty of pit toilets here. Since this trailhead leads to several options for whatever experience and skill level of hiking you’re looking for, you may encounter lots of people at the start (even in winter for snowshoeing). They will disperse as you choose your specific destination. During... More 

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Cary, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a parking lot, there isn't much to write about. It's a relatively large parking lot for the Bear Lake trails. It has several unisex bathrooms, a bus stop, and a small ranger station. The bathrooms smelled pretty bad the day we were there (Oct. 2016). The Bear Lake trail is a nice, short and easy trail around Bear Lake.... More 

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is a great place to start many different hikes of different levels. Bear Lake itself is an easy hike, but there are several others from here which are more strenuous, like Emerald Lake. If it's busy it may be worth using the park and ride (operated in peak seasons) as the car park gets busy

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Bear lake is just like a 0.1 or 0.2 mile away from the trailhead. The parking gets full pretty quick. Come early morning to get a parking spot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

I'm from Florida, so it was a bit of a rough hike due to the elevation. Breathing was difficult going up, but the views are well worth the hike. This is an absolute must see!!!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We went early October. We were towards the end of the day, so there was plenty of parking and it wasn't very crowded on the trail. The trail starts right off the parking lot and within seconds you are at the lake. The trail is dirt, groomed, and packed down, so very stroller friendly. We had a stroller plus two... More 

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

You must get here EARLY in the day!!! The trail head gets very busy and there will be very little parking. We were coming from the Granby side and we had to park elsewhere and take the shuttle in. It took a lot of time that we didn't want to waste. You will be hiking with a lot of people.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Bear Lake is one of the most popular trail heads in Rocky Mountain National Park. So crowded, you can forget about parking at the trail head, and should take the shuttle from down the mountain instead. That being said, it has access to some of the best trails in the park. Glacier Gorge is a personal favorite of mine. If... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

There is a large carpark but you need to arrive before 8.00am to get a space. Rest rooms just before the trailhead. There are several different trails all clearly marked. Bear lake is the first and easiest to negotiate after that there is more elevation gain but totally worth the extra effort. We especially enjoyed the hike to Lake Haiyaha... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

For any families with children with disabilities, the national parks pass is an amazing deal. Our son and his car go in free of charge. This trailhead is extremely crowded, so we always go in the afternoon and we always get a parking spot almost at the front. Go in the morning and you'll have to spend an extra half... More 

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