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

This Afternoon
Showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy. High near 46, with temperatures falling to around 44 in the afternoon. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight
Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9pm, then a slight chance of thunderstorms and rain and snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy. Low around 33, with temperatures rising to around 36 overnight. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday
A slight chance of snow showers before 7am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 7am and 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny. High near 49, with temperatures falling to around 47 in the afternoon. West wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday Night
Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a slight chance of thunderstorms and rain and snow showers likely between 10pm and midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. West southwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday
A slight chance of thunderstorms and a chance of rain and snow showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and noon, then showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Southwest wind 12 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Monday Night
Showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a slight chance of thunderstorms and rain and snow showers between 9pm and midnight, then a slight chance of thunderstorms and a slight chance of rain and snow showers between midnight and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday
A slight chance of thunderstorms and a chance of rain and snow showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and noon, then showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 80%.