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Bear Lake Trail

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 4.2 (79) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short loop that circumnavigates beautiful Bear Lake.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Loop

9,537' 2,907 m

High

9,499' 2,895 m

Low

45' 14 m

Up

39' 12 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

ADA Accessible

Family Friendly This is a short enough loop to keep the kids' interest and beautiful enough to satisfy the adults!

ADA accessibility: This is hard packed gravel and grades can be moderately steep. Consider this a moderately accessible trail.

Overview

This is a quintessential Rocky Mountain National Park Trail. It can easily be accessed from the Bear Lake Trailhead and is accessible to most everyone.

Description

This short trail loops all the way around Bear Lake. Bear Lake Loop is a very level, easy traveling trail that would be accessible to almost anyone. Park at the Bear Lake trailhead or take the shuttle bus. Given the easy access to this trail, it sees a volume of traffic, especially in the summer.

Flora & Fauna

RMNP is a massive park that is mostly characterized by a montane ecosystem. Here are some of the Flora and Fauna that you may encounter along this trail:

Flora: Ponderosa pine, douglas fir, wildflowers
Fauna: Elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, coyotes, black bears, cougars, butterflies.

For more detailed information regarding the park's diverse ecosystems, click HERE.

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Brian Smith

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  4.2 from 79 votes

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Photos

Bear Lake.
Jan 20, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
A View of Blue
Jan 19, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Bear Lake.
Jan 20, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Bear Lake in winter
Jul 15, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Hallett Peak as seen from Bear Lake.
Nov 10, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Enjoyed a late summer lunch facing Hallett Peak at Bear Lake.
Jan 22, 2016 near Estes Park, CO

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Nov 8, 2021
Liz Rogers
Completed in March - forgot to check off
Oct 23, 2021
Tamara Wulf
Oct 17, 2021
Nicole Arendt
Oct 5, 2021
Gina G
Sep 28, 2021
Bear Rinehart
Sep 26, 2021
Harris Ahmed
Sep 22, 2021
Susie Kahler
Sep 8, 2021
Warren Hoo
went with Penny and Sharon Barnard. Took panoramic series of theHDR afternoon photos with 20mm f1.8s Nikon lens and Nikon Z6 camera.