“A short loop that circumnavigates beautiful Bear Lake.”
— Brian Smith
Birding · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This is a short enough loop to keep the kids' interest and beautiful enough to satisfy the adults!
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.
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.