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

Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Southwest wind 6 to 12 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Friday
Sunny, with a high near 65. West southwest wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Saturday
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. West southwest wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Sunday
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday Night
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

Monday Night
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Tuesday
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 62.

Tuesday Night
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

Additional Pictures

Bear Lake in Summer

Bear Lake in Summer

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