Bear Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 9,454 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 130 feet. Near the trailhead there are restroom and an information map. Along the trail there are a bare rock and screes. Near the end of the trail is an information board.
Bear Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is a moderate climb to a popular tourist attraction in Rocky Mountain National Park. The scenery is gorgeous and the road lovable. But don’t feed the tourists! Rocky Mountain National Park was created only through the work of diligent and devoted conservationists more than one hundred years ago. Not that the mountains would crumble down without that National Park designation, but the area would have become something quite different without it. So appreciate the park in its relatively pristine state while you still can. Arguably, biking on roads that are bumper-to-bumper with looky-loos is a poor way to do that. Plan a little extra time to get off the road and into the woods."
--Robert Hurst, Road Biking Colorado (Falcon Guides).
"Established by Congress in 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park is 265,727 acres of spectacular mountain scenery, including one of the most famous Colorado fourteeners—Longs Peak at 14,255 feet. In the park you might see elk, deer, and an occasional moose. During the winter months, great horned owls and Steller’s jays make the park their home. Located on the east side of the Continental Divide, the park is a convenient distance for winter enthusiasts from Denver and the Front Range. Snowmobile traffic is not permitted on the cross-country and snowshoe trails described here."
--Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon, Winter Trails: Colorado-The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails (Falcon Guides).
"Rocky Mountain National Park offers 415 square miles of untamed forests, valleys, and mountain areas for the cross-country skier and snowshoer. All are a relatively short distance from metro Denver and the Front Range. Even in the wintertime Moraine Park Campground is open for tent and RV camping, while Longs Peak Campground is open to tent camping only. There is a fee for camping in these sites. There’s no firewood in the park, and campers must bring their own water. But an overnight adventure on one of the unmarked trails is truly worth the experience for skiers or snowshoers who are familiar with Colorado’s temperamental weather conditions and are experienced in reading topographical maps and using a compass and a GPS unit."
"Snow on the route to Hollowell Park often is adequate and shaded by heavy forest after a short ascent on an open, southfacing slope.This trail leads to Bierstadt Lake, a popular destination for backcountry travelers in Rocky Mountain National Park in both winter and summer. Frequently during the winter and spring, snowshoes or skis must be carried over some relatively snowless sections when hikers are traveling beyond the lake to meet Bear Lake Road in Hollowell Park.Bright markers delineate the 4.5-mile route from the Bear Lake parking lot to Hollowell Park. Markers also lead to an alternative destination at the summer parking area for the Bear Lake Shuttle. Begin with a short, steep climb to the trail’s high point, about 0.5 mile from Bear Lake. Thereafter the route is downhill for the remaining 4 miles. At the high point the Odessa Lake Trail heads left from the Bierstadt Lake Trail. The National Park Service considers the trail to Odessa Gorge to be avalanche prone."
--Kent Dannen, Best Easy Day Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides).
"Cross-country skiing can be daunting in Rocky Mountain National Park. Narrow, winding trails, limited snowfall, and the lack of old mining roads call for snowshoes as the preferable winter transport mode within the park. Touring skins are advised for the skier."
--Dave Muller, Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"This path perambulates along the perimeter of the park’s most popular lake."
--Kent Dannen, Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides).
"Bear Lake and the surrounding area is a quiet showcase of Rocky Mountain National Park’s ever-evolving forests and shores. The trails wander through a collage of nature’s best: rainbow-making waterfalls, wildﬂower-bordered streams, cathedral-like forests, and mountain mirroring lakes."
--Maureen Keilty , Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"This path perambulates the perimeter of the park’s most popular lake."
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