Bear Lake Nature Trail

EASY 349 reviews

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, and nature trips and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
49 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

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.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful! Very slippery. You can make it without micro spikes but choose your footing very carefully and avoid the rounded frozen snow on certain trails (tons of people slipping hard!). Once you’re flat and able to walk on the lake, you can’t beat the incredible views especially if it’s clear!

hiking
23 days ago

Did this 3/29. Lake was still frozen over so you could walk over it. Can say much about the views is it was a white out the entire time. I had snow shoes but many had nothing at all. I would recommend at least micro spikes.

1 month ago

Very cool and simple trail! Beautiful this time of the year!

hiking
1 month ago

03/04/2018
Super easy loop... snow everywhere... people everywhere. A lot of people with snowshoes for no reason, but to each there own. This is a short trail that we do with our 4 and 7 year old every once in awhile, they like it. Boots work fine, spikes work fine, snowshoes would also be fine, but I save my spikes for when we move over to Nymph Lake and Dream Lake where it's a little steeper. If you're looking for easy, this is what you want.

hiking
1 month ago

So. Much. Snow. Lol too much snow to do much exploring, but beautiful, beautiful views. Can’t wait to go back, hopefully just not in the winter haha

2 months ago

Very easy and very beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful view.. makes me realized how lucky Iam to experienced such creation!

walking
2 months ago

We loved this loop trail! Literally stopped every few moments to soak in the beauty and scenery but truly great trail. We took our three kiddos on this trail backpacked one and the other two walked. I suggest bringing water as the elevation may hit some more than others. Little to no inclines but if not acclimated it might be more challenging. Stunning stunning view! Parking fills fast.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Went yesterday and the trail was mostly snow packed. Easy trail, would love to see it without snow. Moved on to the other trails after this.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

This is a fun, short trail, with little difficulty. A great place for a full-moon snowshoe hike, like my group did to bring in the new year.

Usually crowded during the day, you will almost have this place to yourself at night.

3 months ago

Hike is amazing the whole way through I would greatly recommend being multiple bottles of water though if hiking this one in the summer time!

hiking
4 months ago

Great for all levels, parking can be backed up.

4 months ago

Good! Nice and easy with no hills or elevation gain. Easy walking trail (loop) for all ages. No water required.

hiking
4 months ago

Best way to start exploring Rocky Mountain National Park! Very easy family hike but at this time of the year is very icy and slippery because of how popular it is. Do not go without microspikes!! You will regret! I rented mine at The Warming House for $5. The best money I’ve ever spent. It saved my life!!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy peasy little trail that was pleasant even though it had to be minus 10 with a viscous wind! I can only imagine it is beautiful when in spring/summer but it was spectacular in all its winter glory! Great park wardens there too! Parking was starting to fill up as we left around 10.30? So it’s definitely an early starter!

5 months ago

Did this trail back in July when I was 6 months pregnant along with two toddlers. Very easy for all of us to do with gorgeous views. Definitely plan on going back. Best tips are to go as early as you can. We got there around 6am and the parking lot was already starting to get full. Bring plenty of water if you plan on venturing the other trails that lead off of Bear Lake. Even though it was mid summer, bring a light jacket with. It was pretty chilly up there.

5 months ago

Went up this past wknd 11/5/17 lots of snow but definitely just as beautiful as ever, super easy trail had my two year old on my back and wife.

hiking
5 months ago

Great walk on the morning of our wedding.

hiking
5 months ago

An easy little trail with beautiful views. Can't wait to go back, but next time I would try to go earlier in the morning when the lake is calmer and the park is less crowded.

hiking
5 months ago

Significantly better trails in area. Nothing amazing about this lake compared to others in area.

hiking
5 months ago

The lake was mostly covered in low clouds and mist during my short hike in late July. It did make for a dramatic appearance, but the majestic surroundings were not visible for the most part. Fortunately, it was one of the few times during my trip where the weather did not fully cooperate.

6 months ago

super easy. awesome views.

6 months ago

Easy access for all people and beautiful views!

hiking
6 months ago

Very beautiful and easy.

walking
6 months ago

Easy walk, not quite wheelchair-accessible in all segments. Lots of seating and viewpoints to take photographs of the scenery. Under 300 feet from the parking lot. Very popular as a quick stop for most

walking
6 months ago

Easy paved path, lots of photo ops, absolutely beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

A pleasant hike even in the misty cool weather. My sister hiked on to Bierstadt lake and loved it.

hiking
6 months ago

Came here to take photos after my wedding elsewhere in the park — absolutely stunning throughout. Beautiful fall colors. Very heavy foot traffic on a cold and bleak Sunday but no problem getting pictures or seeing what we wanted to see

hiking
6 months ago

Super easy flat walk around the beautiful bear lake... hop skip and a jump from the parking area so very easy to get to and from the car/bus stop.

6 months ago

Simple hike and a beautiful lake

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