Bear Lake is a high elevation lake with a gorgeous loop hike. It features views of Tyndall Gorge, an easy walking path around the lake. The Rocky Mountain Conservancy sells booklets at the trailhead teaching visitors on the natural history of Bear Lake.

Elevation: 9,475 Feet (2878 m)

Distance: .8 Miles (1.29 km)

Elevation Gain: 45 feet (13.7 m)

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 1 hour

Trail

The Bear Lake Trail is best done counter-clockwise to go along with the points of interest and educational readings along the path. This is an extremely well traveled trail, and it is recommended to start very early to avoid the largest crowds. The trail is very well marked, and is accessed right next to the parking lot at the end of Bear Lake Road.

This is a common loop in the winter as well.

Hikers often choose to hike a little further to Dream Lake, or to Emerald Lake just below Tyndall Gorge

Trail Map

Bear Lake Colorado

Directions & Parking

During peak season, hikers should use the park shuttle. Information on the shuttle can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/shuttle_bus_route.htm

To Bear Lake Parking Area (At the end of Bear Lake Road)

Current Weather Conditions

Estes Park, CO

Overnight
Mostly clear, with a low around 42. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Saturday
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 42. West southwest wind 14 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.

Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 60. West southwest wind 16 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph.

Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 44. West wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

Monday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.