Bear Lake Nature Trail

EASY 231 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
52 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
1 day ago

Beautiful but crazy busy, avoid if you don't like crowds

walking
1 day ago

Fun little walk around the lake with a nature trail for kids to follow. Great access for limited mobility. We had a picnic by the lake.

3 days ago

Perfect views. Easy trail.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Bear Lake is a simple hike. I've seen a few people do the trail in flip flops. Great trail to take the kids on and take family pics! The area is crowded and parking can be difficult when busy. I would also recommend checking out the nearby hikes in the area :)

hiking
5 days ago

walking
6 days ago

Bear Lake is stunning. Great loop for a stroll, any age or fitness level. Patches of snow here and there along the trail which is fun for the kids. Crowded, but kind of a must-see if you're there.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

This is the hike for ANYONE that wants to be outdoors! Anyone who has legs that can move can do this hike. It is very easy, almost the whole thing is flat and basically paved... lots of spots to get photos along the way. You essentially just loop around the small lake, starting right near the parking lot of Bear Lake, and ending at the same spot.

Besides the Bear Lake loop, there are tons of major hikes in RMNP which start from Bear Lake trailhead. We walked the Bear Lake loop while sipping our morning coffee before heading on to Alberta Falls, the Loch, and Sky Pond.

I subtracted star because the route is heavily trafficked (if you're not there before 7am) and could be considered boring by more enthusiastic adventurers. It's also not very "secluded" or "in the wild" feeling because it's truly right next to the parking lot (though you can't see the lot from the Lake).

hiking
16 days ago

Quick and easy for people that aren't fit at all.

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

20 days ago

Easy first time hike/walk. Beautiful pristine lake, gorgeous views.

hiking
21 days ago

Very easy and just go around the loop while enjoying the view from the start to the end of the loop

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Very nice and easy walk. But too many people!

25 days ago

Beautiful easy hike.