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
42 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

A high altitude lake with views of many mountains. Easy, paved trail can be icy in the winter.

snowshoeing
3 days ago

Well kept easy trail to hike or snowshoe

hiking
4 days ago

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
10 days ago

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 !

hiking
16 days ago

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
20 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.

hiking
22 days ago

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
24 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
27 days ago

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.

hiking
28 days ago

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

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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

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!

1 month ago

Great “warm up” for Emerald Lake! Great hike / almost all flat / beautiful views / very well maintained trails - loved it!

walking
2 months ago

This walk is great for any experience of hiker. The lake is beautiful & today the colors around the lake were great. There were a lot of people on the trail today also. Very busy trail.

2 months ago

Short walk around Bear Lake. Nice little nature trail.

2 months ago

Short hike but very pretty. Kids loved it, but wanted to go up to where the snow was (we live below sea level). Strolled around the lake and then decided to hike all the other lakes.

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty short walk around the lake. Heavily traveled on the Thursday afternoon we went. This is an easy hike, perfect for families with young kids.

2 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful views of the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Great family hike. (Walk) Kids loved this. 7, 4, 3, 1. It’s very busy early in the day but less crowded later in the day. We hiked this area two days in a row. I would definitely recommend this to family’s with young kids.

hiking
2 months ago

Very short and easy. Short hike for end of day to avoid the crowd.

walking
2 months ago

Great wide path around the lake. No hills, super flat. Gorgeous scenery. We went at 6:30am on a Sunday and were one of a few people there. Great time to go before the crowds.

2 months ago

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

Crowded, but beautiful. Enjoyed the beauty!

2 months ago

Amazing scenery! Great for beginners

3 months ago

Super busy, great sights. Start early

3 months 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.

3 months ago

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
3 months ago

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

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