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Gems in Bear Lake - 6

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gem Favorite Representing the REI NP Centennial backpack at Dream Lake, looking towards Flattop Mountain (right) and Hallett Peak (left).

Dream Lake

(140) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite Alberta Falls

Alberta Falls

(103) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite Bear Lake.

Bear Lake

(117) Estes Park, CO
gem Favorite The Loch, Rocky Mountain NP CO

The Loch

(43) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite The edge of Chasm Lake

Chasm Lake and The Diamond

(37) Grand Lake, CO
gem Favorite Sky Pond early spring

Sky Pond

(4) Grand Lake, CO

Recommended Routes in Bear Lake - 8

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Favorite The glorious view that greets you once you near Sky Pond.
Difficult Difficult

Sky Pond

8.3 mi 13.3 km 2,000' Up 609.68 m Up 1,999' Down 609.26 m Down

Estes Park, CO
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Favorite Representing the REI NP Centennial backpack at Dream Lake, looking towards Flattop Mountain (right) and Hallett Peak (left).
Intermediate Intermediate

Emerald Lake

3.3 mi 5.4 km 661' Up 201.34 m Up 651' Down 198.3 m Down

Estes Park, CO
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Favorite The Loch, Rocky Mountain NP CO
Intermediate Intermediate

Loch Vale

6.0 mi 9.7 km 1,083' Up 330.25 m Up 1,086' Down 331.15 m Down

Estes Park, CO
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Favorite Representing the REI NP Centennial backpack at Dream Lake, looking towards Flattop Mountain (right) and Hallett Peak (left).
Intermediate Intermediate

Best of Bear Lake Area Loop

5.7 mi 9.1 km 1,293' Up 394.25 m Up 1,309' Down 398.84 m Down

Estes Park, CO
Explore in 3D
Favorite Bear Lake.
Easy Easy

Bear Lake Trail

0.6 mi 1.0 km 45' Up 13.78 m Up 39' Down 11.84 m Down

Estes Park, CO
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Favorite Landscape
Intermediate Intermediate

Bear Lake TH to Fern Lake TH

8.5 mi 13.6 km 1,180' Up 359.71 m Up 2,524' Down 769.27 m Down

Estes Park, CO
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Favorite Evening Fall Colors in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Intermediate Intermediate

Bierstadt Lake Loop

3.1 mi 4.9 km 667' Up 203.15 m Up 676' Down 206.1 m Down

Estes Park, CO
Explore in 3D
Favorite Landscape
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Lake Helene from Bear Lake

6.2 mi 9.9 km 1,176' Up 358.38 m Up 1,176' Down 358.38 m Down

Estes Park, CO
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Bear Lake Hiking

  • 62 Miles 100 Kilometers of Trail
  • 8 Recommended Routes
  • 6 Gems Gems
  • 10 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 31 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 14 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Bear Lake - 47

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3.2 mi 5.2 km #1Mills Lake - Black Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO 57 
0.9 mi 1.5 km #2Lake Haiyaha Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO 50 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #3Dream Lake Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
Estes Park, CO 48 
4.2 mi 6.8 km #4Flattop Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO 49 
4.1 mi 6.5 km #5Loch Vale Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Estes Park, CO 35 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #6Emerald Lake Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Estes Park, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
Estes Park, CO 26 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #7Sprague Lake Loop Trail
Easy Easy
Estes Park, CO
Easy Easy
Estes Park, CO 35 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #8Chasm Lake Trail
Difficult Difficult
Estes Park, CO
Difficult Difficult
Estes Park, CO 10 
0.6 mi 1.0 km #9Hallett Peak Approach
Difficult Difficult
Grand Lake, CO
Difficult Difficult
Grand Lake, CO 14 
0.9 mi 1.5 km #10Andrews Glacier
Difficult Difficult
Grand Lake, CO
Difficult Difficult
Grand Lake, CO 12 

Photos of Bear Lake - 347

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Mt. Meeker at Dawn, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado with permission from Richard Ryer
Jan 15, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
The edge of Chasm Lake
Jan 26, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Mills Lake early spring sunset
Jan 30, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Tilted ice, rosy sunrise
Feb 9, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
The view to Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain from Dream Lake.
Dec 8, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Representing the REI NP Centennial backpack at Dream Lake, looking towards Flattop Mountain (right) and Hallett Peak (left).
May 20, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Dancing up a dream.
Apr 23, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
The glorious view that greets you once you near Sky Pond.
Nov 9, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO

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