Bear Lake Loop Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park

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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 or less

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.

Fishing

Fishing on bear lake is not allowed. Fishing on Nymph, Dream, and Emerald lake is allowed however. The fishing on Dream Lake is fantastic.

Bear Lake Facts & Information

  • Elevation: 9,475 Feet (2878 m)
  • Size: About 9 acres

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
A slight chance of snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy. Low around 29, with temperatures rising to around 33 overnight. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Monday
A slight chance of snow showers before 9am, then snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy. High near 38, with temperatures falling to around 35 in the afternoon. East wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Monday Night
Snow showers likely and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy. Low around 28, with temperatures rising to around 30 overnight. South southeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Tuesday
A chance of snow showers before 9am, then snow showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. East northeast wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tuesday Night
A chance of snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. South wind 6 to 12 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Wednesday
A chance of snow showers before 9am, then snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Wednesday Night
A chance of snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Additional Pictures

Bear Lake in Summer

Bear Lake in Summer

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and sharing experiences with others. Max is a published author for various outdoor websites and digital marketing websites. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about