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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.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“alberta falls” (38 reviews)
“bear lake” (158 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
"trail head"
in 19 reviews
"park and ride"
in 18 reviews
"starting point"
in 11 reviews
"easy hike"
in 21 reviews
"great hiking"
in 8 reviews
"parking spot"
in 13 reviews
"free shuttle"
in 9 reviews
"flattop mountain"
in 9 reviews
"great place to start"
in 4 reviews
"snow and ice"
in 5 reviews
"half mile"
in 9 reviews
"elevation gain"
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"lots of water"
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"photo ops"
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Just a short walk around the lake, but really very pretty and good photo ops. Great for the family and especially kids. But you will find it time to move on quickly, as there is much to see in the park!

Thank Pantczak66
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

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 13 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 24 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 22 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 20 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

2  Thank tnk9581
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Reviewed 22 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 15 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

2  Thank Amanda T
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Mike G
30 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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