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 Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, or to Emerald Lake just below Tyndall Gorge. Bear lake cannot be fished, however, each of the lakes beyond bear lake are barbless hook, catch and release.

Trail Map

Bear Lake Colorado

Seasons

Bear lake is open year round and gorgeous in all seasons. During summer and fall, the parking lot often gets full, making visitors use the shuttle system to come visit.

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

This Afternoon
Snow showers. Cloudy. High near 29, with temperatures falling to around 20 in the afternoon. North northwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.

Tonight
Snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 14. West wind 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Thursday
Snow showers. Cloudy. High near 23, with temperatures falling to around 20 in the afternoon. West southwest wind around 9 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Thursday Night
Snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 16. West wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Friday
Snow showers likely before 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 23. West wind 16 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.

Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.

Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 22.

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