Bear Lake Nature Trail

EASY 338 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
39 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.

43 seconds ago

Very easy and very beautiful

hiking
10 days ago

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

walking
19 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month 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
2 months ago

Great for all levels, parking can be backed up.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 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!

3 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.

3 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
3 months ago

Great walk on the morning of our wedding.

hiking
3 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago

super easy. awesome views.

3 months ago

Easy access for all people and beautiful views!

hiking
4 months ago

Very beautiful and easy.

walking
4 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

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