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Bear lake is an exceedingly popular attraction in RMNP due to it's easy access and stunning natural beauty. Consider a short hike around the lake on the Bear Lake Trail or a longer hike on one of the adjacent trails. Interpretive signs on the trail offer great info about the area's natural and human history.

Short Walk: Park at the Bear Lake Trailhead and follow the Bear Lake Trail around the lake.

Family Friendly: Explore the edges of the Lake while enjoying the guided trail tour that explains the area's history. Water holds an amazing variety of plant and animal life that will pique a child's curiosity.

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Brian Smith

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Oct 5, 2020
Bhuvvi Iyer
First hike with Lola.
Sep 27, 2020
Nick Barendregt
Sep 20, 2020
Kelli Baxstrom
Sep 18, 2020
Scott Street
Sep 17, 2020
Ape Gz
Sep 2, 2020
Maggie Simpkins
Beautiful add on to other hike!
Aug 29, 2020
Chris Darwin
Aug 28, 2020
Joshua Kammerer
Quick family easy trail right off the ranger station.

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