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walking
11 hours ago

Great view, really easy loop.

Snow/ice today and awesome looking.

snowshoeing
6 days ago

Well kept easy trail to hike or snowshoe

Really pleasant lake. Only thing is you can park right next to hit so there's no hiking needed to arrive at the destinations. None the less, super beautiful!

hiking
13 days ago

I did this short hike in the snow on 11/4/18. It was pretty and peaceful - a perfect winter hike. We decided to go further, maybe another mile and a half. The hike kept getting prettier. I wouldn’t do this hike in the summer as it probably gets too crowded, but I am looking forward to hiking to Spirit Lake on this trail in spring or early fall.

3 couples hiked it together in November 1st , there were several inches of snow on the ground and it was snowing the most big lovely flakes . The sun was peaking through and shinning off the water . How could I not give it a 5 star review ? Easy access , nice beautiful easy hike . We loved it !

Beautiful roundtrip of Bear Lake. It was a snowy day so not many people on the trail, but it looks like it could be very crowded.

hiking
24 days ago

Pretty easy loop around a beautiful lake. We found parking pretty easily. Part of the trail was packed snow/ice and very slippery. Enjoyed this loop on a beautiful day.

Easy trail around a beautiful lake. Steep in some sections but only for short distances. In late October the trail on the north side of the lake was clear to wet. The trail on the south side (no sun) was snow packed and icy. Slippery. Even in late October the parking lot was half full.

hiking
28 days ago

great little hike. the snow was so packed it was pretty treacherous! I slid down the ice more than a few times. still completely worth it! too bad there's no fishing in the lake :P. the trail was pretty packed with other hikers but that made it easier to take our time.

hiking
28 days ago

Went oct 19. we didn't expect the snow and hard packed ice so that slowed us down like crazy. but the few miles we did get to we're outstanding! so many great views and lookout spots! highly highly recommend!

hiking
29 days ago

A great path walk/hike for families or people coming from a low altitude. We easily took our BOB double stroller because the path is paved and wide enough not to bother people with it. We had a great time watching baby beavers in the lake and throwing snowballs while walking. A great warm up to the bigger hikes in RMNP. Lots of parking and not too busy.

hiking
30 days ago

Arrived at 8am to a mostly empty parking lot on a chilly morning. Started the traverse around the lake with a very close encounter with a pair of moose! My 4 year old really enjoyed the lily ridge trail with endless climbing opportunities right off the main path....we spent almost 2 hours going off trail and had a blast. Enjoyed Lily Lake more than Bear Lake or Sprague Lake because of the variety offered by the lily ridge trail. Highly recommended if you have young kids.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail to a really pretty waterfall. Hiked it on a Thursday (10/18) and only saw a handful of other people. Took about 3 1/2 hours but we stopped and took pictures several times and hiked down and ate lunch on the rocks right beside the waterfall. If you want to take a fairly easy walk, this is a good one. Not much elevation gain and trail was very easy to follow.

My four year old loved the easy bouldering, but my wife didn’t love the spots we ended up in with our two year old due to lack of a real trail. Nothing dangerous but not quite what we expected. Would have been a blast without the baby and overall we still had fun. We will be back in a couple of years when both kids can enjoy all the way to the top.

Nice short stroll worth doing after you wear yourself out on the more challenging hikes in the area. Beautiful lake. The kids enjoyed running from marker to marker along the trail.

Not really a hike, but still worth the short walk around the lake for the amazing views. We got some great photos of three moose taking a stroll through the lake during our walk on June 27, 2018.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice warmup for the other trails at this trailhead. Easy walk around the lake, quite busy.

Simple, Easy, trail for anyone to do!
Peaceful views on the lake.

Loved the winter wonderland walk today, everything was snow covered. I'd recommend Microspikes for the boots, but you can easily do it without.

[See my photos marked "October 12, 2018"]
Idled on road for 20 minutes waiting to get into parking lot. VERY crowded today. Five stars is for restroom facilities, trailhead area, and railing on trail. Unfortunately the trail itself was so slick with ice that we didn't make it to the lake. One member of our party slipped and fell almost immediately on the trail, so we turned around and went back to our car. Trekking poles and/or Yaktrax (microspikes, not chain) would help immeasurably on this trail under the current conditions. It might not be so bad at noontime when the top layer is softened up a bit. Our attempt was at 5 p.m. and the trail was iced over.

hiking
1 month ago

Simple hike but absolutely gorgeous views of the Rockies and a nice stream/waterfall. Trail is well kept and would totally do this again given the opportunity.

It’s not an easy trail for me, an incline hike all the way to the lake. We went in the afternoon, so it was less crowded. What a beautiful and tranquil
place to see!

hiking
1 month ago

Very short hike. The falls are beautiful. There were a handful of people walking and climbing all over the rocks. Definitely worth the hike.

Great views. Easy hike. Worth the effort to find parking.

Harder than we thought for kids, but we did it!

hiking
1 month ago

Like hiking around the lake has some great views.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a nice little walk around the lake. Quite the windy road to the trailhead. I was surprised at the amount of parking available at the trailhead. That being said, it is a very popular hike, and they even have to offer shuttle services during the day due to parking limitations. The path is very well maintained. Offered some great views!

There are parking lots on both sides of the Falls area. This is not really a hike but more fun scrambling and bouldering expedition. We did manage to hike about a mile back into the canyon but beware of falling rock. It looked very dangerous. Lots of fun for kids 8+ years old as far as climbing.

hiking
1 month ago

Just did this Sunday 9/23/18. Good hike with kids 9 and 13 y/o. A few steeper parts but nothing too rugged. Have plenty of snacks and water. West Portal Road has a small stretched that is closed for bridge repair. You have to drive past the initial road closure signs to access the road to the trailhead. There are two parking lots, the smaller one being the first and the one where you access the trail. The larger one is very close and just beyond the first.

Awesome, family friendly hike! Got there around 830a on Sunday morning and had parking / not too many people / enjoyed breakfast on the lake watching the birds and the ducks! Very nice walking path!

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