Bear Lake Hike at Rocky Mountain National Park - Day Hikes Near Denver

August 14, 2010 Comments (3) About 90 Min, best winter hikes colorado, Easy, Handicap Accessible, hikes near estes park, Lake Hikes, Lakes, Mile or Less, Mountain Range Views, Rocky Mountain National Park, visiting family friends

Bear Lake Hike at Rocky Mountain National Park

From Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park (just 2 hours from Denver), you can launch out on dozens of hiking adventures, trails that range from less than a mile to full day treks back into Glacier Gorge or Andrews Creek. If you are visiting Colorado and looking for a high variety of trails or just a good place to start your vacation, this is one of the best places in the state. For details on the trail, see the hiking trail profile below, and download the trail map to get an idea of the different hikes that begin at Bear Lake. Photo Courtesy of Ben Grey.



Trail Snapshot: Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Hike Distance: .6 mile loop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: approx 30 min
  • Trail Type: Loop
  • Starting Elevation: 9475′
  • Elevation Gain: 20′
  • Seasons: Year Round
  • Dogs: Dogs Prohibited in RMNP
  • Hike Trail Map: Click for a Map of Bear Lake
  • Denver Drive Time: 2 hours
  • Driving Directions to Bear Lake Trailhead: Click for Google Map
  • Town Nearest Hike: Estes Park, Colorado
  • Beauty: Sub-Alpine Lake, Mountain Views, Wildlife: Abert’s Squirrel, Elk, Bear
  • Activities: Picnicking, Snowshoeing, Hiking Trails
  • Conditions at Bear Lake Trailhead: Click Here
  • Fee: Park Pass Required


Bear lake is the epicenter of Rocky Mountain National Park. This means that you can access a ton of trails from here, but it also means a lot of traffic. So, we always recommend getting there early, on weekdays, and to go during the off-season – if you can. The Bear Lake Trail is a short 0.6 mile loop around a beautiful lake with views of the Rocky Mountains. The hike is considered handicap accessible; however, the trail is not paved.

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3 Responses to Bear Lake Hike at Rocky Mountain National Park

  1. Marie says:

    A great gentle easy hike. My dad managed it with a boot on (ankle problems) and the views are breathtaking!

  2. I agree, Bear Lake is a great place to start a Colorado hiking vacation. Lots of trails start from the area and you only have to walk about fifty feet from your car to have a beautiful view of the lake.

  3. aftab says:

    bear lake is a beautiful and good place

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