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Address: Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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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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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... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Concord, North Carolina
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Concord, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 Lake trailhead. Beautiful drive up, parking lot was getting full by 10am. Rangers there to... More 

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Lakewood, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This trailhead is not to be missed! Will need to get there rather early in the summer time, but going now we arrived at 11:00 and had no problem finding a parking spot. The trail has a lot of snow, so best to wear trax or good hiking boots, saw people with sneakers on sliding around. After hiking around Bear... More 

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Greater Cincinnati
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gateway to some of the best views in the park, such as Emerald Lake and Alberta Falls, you can't ask for a better kickoff to your hike. The only problem is the parking situation. Get there early, plan to take the shuttle, or you're out of luck.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

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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Reviewed 5 November 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
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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Reviewed 24 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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Reviewed 13 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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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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Reviewed 6 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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