Bear Lake Nature Trail

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Bear Lake Nature Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
49 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

A high altitude lake with views of many mountains.

1 minute ago

Very easy and beautiful. Keep walking for more of a challenge and an even better view.

Crowded, but beautiful. Enjoyed the beauty!

1 day ago

Amazing scenery! Great for beginners

2 days ago

Super busy, great sights. Start early

4 days ago

Beautiful lake. Reading the map I was worried about the % grade, but it was easy. Took pictures at most rock outcroppings. Enjoyable and great views.

Amazing views and easy lots of little chipmunks that come very close to you. Many spots for photos. ALOT OF PEOPLE!!! but lots of fun and many trails next to it

walking
8 days ago

Really pleasant nature trail. Too many people, but that seems to be the nature of everything today.

hiking
10 days ago

This is the perfect trail for families with small children. ...and there are a lot of them on this trail because you don't need hiking shoes or boots for terrain, but, beware of wearing new shoes because there are a lot of puddles.
And while this is a trail, it's absolutely not a "hike" in my opinion. You're simply walking around the perimeter of a lake. Nevertheless, this walk offers breathtaking views and many opportunities of idyllic mountain views as your picture's backdrop.

11 days ago

Love

hiking
16 days ago

Super easy nature trail as you walk around the lake. Nice vistas from all points of view around the lake. Nice views of the peaks as well. Very lovely. Go early in the morning to avoid the summer crowds! We were there in July 2018.

20 days ago

Tidy!

hiking
25 days ago

I’ve visited Bear lake many times and got in another visit this last weekend- July 22, 2018. It’s beautiful and provides outstanding views of the Rockies including Longs and Hallett peaks. It’s a fairly flat trail and easy to walk around with points of interest along the way. It will be crowded, so be prepared!

hiking
27 days ago

peaceful and beautiful. Good for those who don’t want a strenuous hike

28 days ago

More of a trail than a hike, but great for families and kids.

walking
1 month ago

Walked this trail in January on a gorgeous clear day. It cemented my new found love of the Rockies!

1 month ago

This trail is awesome because it gives people who can't hike to some of the other mountain lakes a chance to see one almost just as good. This trail is wheelchair accessible. The lake is beautiful and it is a great place to hike. The trail also connects to a large loop that connects several mountain lakes. You don't want to miss this one.

1 month ago

Gorgeous views. Easy half mile hike. Perfect for kids.

1 month ago

Crowded but so beautiful. Not much of a hike at all.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to moderate, gets your muscles working but nothing too strenuous. Maybe not the best for young children in some parts for inexperienced/non-local people like myself but still doable!

walking
1 month ago

A quick and easy walk. I’d recommend doing this as a cool down from the Emerald Lake Trail.

1 month ago

easy and beautiful, a postcard

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful and enjoyable for the family. Kids loved it and it was not to demanding for our 4 and 2 year old.

hiking
1 month ago

Very relaxing hike. Best advice for getting there is to arrive early to Rocky Mountain National Park. The longest part about this trip was waiting to get in. The sights are beautiful and it’s a great easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

If you are around, just do this loop. It's nothing exceptional, but it's worth it. Very easy. But so many people.

1 month ago

It's a stroll not a hike. but it is absolutely beautiful. We went late around 4 or 5 pm and there were very few people, so it was a serene and wonderful end to the day. If it was very crowded, I don't think I would have enjoyed it.

2 months ago

Happy we added this walk before getting back on the shuttle. Really beautiful views!

hiking
2 months ago

The lake was beautiful and worth taking the shuttle from the Park and Ride. However, it was very, very crowded.

2 months ago

Warning this hike is very crowded. Lots of kids and no hikers. This hike is basically a nature walk, so very nice views, but if you want something more substantial go up. Also if you plan on going to Alberta falls go here first and head down to the falls. Up is a pain with little payoff.

hiking
2 months ago

We tried to go here on our first day in the park. We left Estes Park at 8:30, but the shuttle parking lot was already full. We returned the next morning at 6am and had a quiet peaceful walk around the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Usually hike this trail in off peak (late spring or fall) this being my first visit in the busier summer season. Of course I'm used to a more peaceful version of the trail as the crows and inexperienced folks ran amuck! Still one of the true gems of RMNP and glad it is available to all to see!!

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