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Bear Lake Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.7/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
Bear Lake Trailhead is located in Rocky Mountain National Park. Use our Estes Park trip builder to visit Bear Lake Trailhead on your trip to Estes Park, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • 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!!! 
  • 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...  read more »
  • 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 ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Fantastic jumping off point for lots of hikes. The lot fills up very early though, and the auxillary lot also fills up on weekends during the summer season. If you are looking to avoid the crowds go after 2pm. One of my favorite hikes is a short, not to intense hike from bear lake past Nymph Lake, Past Dream Lake, to Emerald Lake. Dream Lake is probably the prettiest, so if you're tired out by that point don't worry about making it all the way to Emerald.
  • June 12, 2016. Hiked and snowshoed to andrews glacier, made it to 2nd level past weather equipment. Weather was perfect but snowfields with water running under wasn't our cup of tea. About 3 hours to get there including pictures along the way. Lot fills early,
  • A truly beautiful place. Amazing scenery, fantastic blue skies, clear waters and abundant wildlife. Even thought the car park was full and the buses had to leave people behind it was not crowded on the trails.
  • Bear lake is an "easy" place for tourists that want something that is next to your parked car.... Provided this parking lot is NOT full. (which it ALWAYS is) it's time for a bit of expansion.
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