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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 snowshoeing and is best used from March until November.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 49 ft Route type Loop
Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Walking Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Snow No dogs
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Getting There

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. A high altitude lake with views of many mountains. Accessibility: Trail is not fully accessible, however, both routes from the parking lot have partial accessibility. Please note the waypoints on the map view marking where the grade increases. The fully accessible shorter trails can also be viewed here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/bear-lake-accessible The surface is packed dirt however there are rocks and roots on the trail. Please take caution as the trail may become slippery due to ice and snow during the winter or rain during the summer. The trailhead has accessible parking and bathrooms.

Parking is available at the end of Bear Lake road. If lot is full park at one of the lower lots and take the bus up.

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Erica Cerwin
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Not as hard as I thought it would be. Each lake offers a great stop to sit and catch you breath. Dream Lake was hands down the best thing I’ve seen in the park!

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Adam Gloege
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Hiking

Very easy walk right off of the parking lot. This was easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to

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Jacob Thomas
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Absolutely beautiful hike at RMNP.

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Teresa Vazquez
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It was well maintaine and

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Hal Thompson
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Danielle Mangine
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Kind of underwhelming at the end but a beautiful hike none the less. Best part were the trees!

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Kara Higgins
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HikingGreat!

Easy trail with beautiful views! This trail is great for families with little ones.

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Austin Lliteras
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Macie Graves
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Hiking

Quick and easy trail.

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Bob Schmidt
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Jessy Hsu
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so easy and scenic.

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Toni Howes
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Hiking

Pretty but very crowded

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Nina Williams
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Courtney Baran
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Hiking

Very nice, simple trail around Bear Lake! Great for anyone who isn’t quite up for a long hike, but wants to see a pretty view!

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Rajat D
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WalkingGreat!

A walk in the park with beautiful views.

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Joe Albert
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Ryan Lewis
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Nice trail. Easy hike. Beautiful scenery. Awesome lake & mountains.

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Jeff Scott
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Martha Nielsen
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Elidio Gil
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Joe Metz
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Sara Thorkildsen
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WalkingGreat!

Easy access, gorgeous views, with a quick jaunt around the lake!

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Wendy Harrison Lawrence
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Hiking

Beautiful views! Easy walk. Head on to the other lakes too for fun.

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Eden Sabala
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Nice and easy trail that is accessible for all. Great way to chill and rest.

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Andrew Bellinger
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Beautiful. Easy walk.

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Yulma V
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Karly Mareka
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Beautiful and easy trail; good for little kids. Parking lot fills up but we went in evening about 6:00 and there were several spots open.

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Nicole Walters
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A few inches of snow over a dirt trail. Puddles in spots. Easy to follow but views are compromised by the snow

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Stephen Presutti
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Renae Hammonds
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Beautiful lake and well maintained trail. Perfect area for families. VERY crowded. Continue on pass bear and hike, nymph, dream and Emerald lake.

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