Bear Lake Nature Trail

EASY 470 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, 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.

1 minute 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.

12 days ago

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

hiking
15 days ago

Like hiking around the lake has some great views.

hiking
17 days 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!

22 days ago

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

walking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

Short walk around Bear Lake. Nice little nature trail.

1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

Easy hike with beautiful views of the lake.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

walking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

Crowded, but beautiful. Enjoyed the beauty!

1 month ago

Amazing scenery! Great for beginners

1 month ago

Super busy, great sights. Start early

2 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.

2 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Love

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Tidy!

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

walking
2 months ago

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

3 months 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.

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