Bear Lake

Leadville, Colorado 80461

Bear Lake

Bear Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The hike to Bear Lake ascends the south ridge of Galena Mountain, traveling through lodgepole pine forest. From the top of the ridge, you can see a large part of the upper Arkansas Valley and Colorado ’s highest peaks. The trail then drops into spruce-fir forest, wandering past several little ponds and lakes. Idyllic Bear Lake sits on a wide flat bench bordered by big boulders on its west side.

The hike to Bear Lake follows the Colorado Trail and Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, which use the path of the old Main Range Trail. The latter was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression in the 1930s for fire protection."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,370 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 to 4.5 hours
Best from July to early October
San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Homestake Reservoir; Trails Illustrated:#126 Holy Cross/Ruedi Reservoir
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