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Bear Lake Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park

(4.7/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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  • 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 hikin...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 b...  more »
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  • Great place to hike around then venture off to other destinations. Alberta Falls or Bierstadt Lake are not that far away, just a few miles with a little incline on the trail to get there. We found that going in the morning was a lot less crowded and cooler. It also gave us ample time to explore rather than being rushed.
  • Beautiful place! Fall colors are amazing right now but won't last long. Perfect trail to walk around the lake with kids. Ended up with beautiful pictures! Must see
  • This review is for the trailhead only - it has a lot of parking, great signage, but be prepared for the bathrooms - no sinks and high toilets (glorified holes in the ground) descending to a literal underground wasteland. At least my small child wanted to look inside a lot, so many some consider it scenic :)
  • Camped at Moraine Campground. Took shuttle to Bear lake trailhead. Made 10 mile hike back to Moraine Campground. Most beautiful trails ever! Bring lunch and water. Ask ranger for route info. Trails well marked.
  • Bear lake trailhead has a ranger station, decent restrooms and a bus stop for RMNP Park&Ride as well as a parking lot for maybe about 100 cars. I arrived at the trailhead parking lot at about 8:30 on a Friday morning in August (peak visit time) there was still at least 20 spots open in the lot. When we returned from our hike at about 4pm (we went all the way to Sky Pond) the lot was basically empty. Bear Lake hike itself is more like a nice walk, very accessible for children and the elderly. However when you go past Bear Lake, that is where the hike becomes more difficult and has elevation gains that may be hard for those not used to the elevation.