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Bear Lake Trail

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Trail

0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer loop
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 45' 14 m
Descent: -39' -12 m
High: 9,537' 2,907 m
Low: 9,499' 2,895 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A short loop that circumnavigates beautiful Bear Lake.

Brian Smith

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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Sep 24, 2019
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Sep 24, 2019
Jeff Taylor
Sep 23, 2019
Ada Hui Xu
Sep 22, 2019
Richard Dockham
Sep 19, 2019
Eddie Maze
Sep 14, 2019
Nick Barendregt
A nice low-key hike to end the day. Low-effort and still nice views. 0.6mi — 0h 13m
Sep 11, 2019
Jennifer Shaner
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Aug 23, 2019
Morgan Jurkowski

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  4.2 from 57 votes

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Photos

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
A View of Blue
Jan 19, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Enjoyed a late summer lunch facing Hallett Peak at Bear Lake.
Jan 22, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Jumping for joy in the fresh snow!
Nov 28, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Bear Lake.
Jan 20, 2016 near Estes Park, CO

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