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Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206
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Easy Stop

When you travel here, make sure you download offline maps for your phone GPS, the service is quite... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Blaine, Minnesota
Frozen Bear lake awesome

We took trail route from glacier gorge parking lot(.5mile)away. Make sure you have snow gears else... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Gurunath C
Denver, Colorado
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“easy hike” (122 reviews)
“parking lot” (126 reviews)
“alberta falls” (79 reviews)
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206
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Reviewed 5 days ago

When you travel here, make sure you download offline maps for your phone GPS, the service is quite spotty around here and you will end up in areas where there is no data service at all. We drove here and proceeded to the parking lot...More

Thank 542bernadettew
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We took trail route from glacier gorge parking lot(.5mile)away. Make sure you have snow gears else be ready to get flat multiple times

Thank Gurunath C
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wow this lake is so clear and pristine. Beautiful scenery and a great place for pictures. Surrounded by the mountains. The drive up was easy and there was plenty of parking. You could choose to hike all the way around the lake or just hike...More

Thank TonyaR434
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited during end of Sept 2017; wonderful weather; a light sweater or long-sleeved jersey was enough; the lake is breath taking; great hike so wear comfy shoes.

Thank Milady O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We actually didn't go around all of Bear Lake as we simply stopped on our way from Emerald Lake to Bierstadt Lake. However, the view you get just a short walk from the parking lot is amazing! We saw a couple informational signs that would...More

Thank Smith707
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful easy hike around Bear Lake. There are many picture opportunities and keep an eye out for wildlife.

Thank Heyyai
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This is a nice stop. It's a nice relaxing walk around the lake with nice views. There are other trails that go out from here if you want a real hike.

Thank Joel W
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We went during the first snow fall of the year and the views were absolutely spectacular! I would even consider this a hike if you park at the Bear Lake parking lot. It was a simple walk even in the foot of snow. The lake...More

Thank Melissa N
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Bear Lake was fun, short hike! Plenty of Nature, and birds, and chipmunks and squirrels. Absolutely beautiful vistas!

Thank Jamerz
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We had some difficulty in getting to Bear Lake on a weekend due to the cutoffs when the parking lot is full. We travel with our dog, so the shuttle was not an option. After the weekend crush, we made it out on a Monday...More

Thank NTSU1975
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18 October 2017|
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Response from WanderlustSydney123 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, The only issue that I can think of is the snow fall up in the mountains by December and some of the roads in the park maybe closed by then. It's a fairly easy walk but the weather concerns me.
28 March 2017|
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Response from fv1989 |
Depending on when you plan to visit, the closest campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park are Glacier Basin and Moraine Park. Aspenglen would be another option in RMNP. Do a Google Search for RMNP campgrounds and you... More
17 March 2017|
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Response from fv1989 |
In case another person sees this, the trail around Bear Lake had about 60 inches of snow on the ground on March 16. That amount of accumulated snow is normal in winter and early spring. Sneakers are NOT adequate because... More