Hiking Project Logo

Bear Lake - Mill Creek Trail

Intermediate
 3.8 (4)

This trail is a woodsy descent from Bear Lake to Mill Creek Basin


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

1.8

Miles

3.0

KM

Point to Point

9,764' 2,976 m

High

9,000' 2,743 m

Low

32' 10 m

Up

776' 237 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From busy Bear Lake parking area, take the well worn Bear Lake Trail north, going counterclockwise around the lake. Very soon, at less than 1/4 of the way around the lake, take the Bear Lake Connector trail which branches off of Bear Lake Trail heading right (north). After hiking through a mixed aspen and fir forest, arrive at a 3-way junction. Turn right (northeast) here to begin the actual Bear Lake - Mill Creek Trail.

This trail descends the wide Mill Creek valley, initially at some distance from the creek itself. By the end of the trail, you'll be traveling directly beside the creek. The grades on this trail are gentle and you'll have shade most of the way. After passing two connector trails that lead to Bierstadt Lake, the downhill steepens until the trail's terminus at the idyllic Mill Creek Basin and its backcountry campsites.

Contacts

Shared By:

Megan W

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 4 votes

#20

in Bear Lake

#19863

Overall
  3.8 from 4 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
75%
3 Star
25%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#20

in Bear Lake

#1,588

in Colorado

#19,863

Overall
5 Views Last Month
849 Since Jul 13, 2015
Intermediate

20%
0%
60%
20%
0%
0%

Photos

Ground squirrel in Rocky Mountain National Park
Jan 19, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Enjoying the fall colors
Sep 16, 2018 near Estes Park, CO

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
All Clear 78 days ago See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Jun 1, 2019
Steven Freund
Trail is fairly muddy with areas of snow/ice buildup lingering due to shade from tree canopy. — 0h 50m
Sep 15, 2018
Elizabeth Falkenberg
Jul 31, 2018
Paige Statham
Jul 22, 2018
Scott Johnson
Morgan, Marissa, and Danielle. Took connector to Bear Lake 0.7mi
Aug 20, 2017
Clay Cutler
Hiked as part of our hike from Grand Lake to Cub Lake/Estes Park
Jun 3, 2017
Russell Oliver
We hooked up with some people fro the East Coast that were out here visiting, so we hung out for most of the hike up the trail.
Oct 7, 2016
Jeffery Gosnell
Aug 15, 2016
Nam Vu