Hike Bear Lake

mountain peak reflected in clear calm lake
Bear Lake

NPS Photo / Kim Grossman

  • Distance: 0.5 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 20 feet
  • Type of Trail: Loop, Easy

Welcome to a wilderness of lakes, waterfalls, and magnificent peaks. Bear Lake is one of the most popular areas of Rocky Mountain National Park. Surrounded by ponderosa pine and refreshing views of Hallett Peak and the Continental Divide, there is beauty everywhere you look. The Bear Lake Loop is a wheelchair-accessible trail and is great for hikers of all abilities. Interpretive signs along the trail provide learning opportunities. 

If you'd like to extend your hike, check out Emerald Lake, Flattop Mountain, Dream Lake and Tyndall Glacier -- just a few of the many sites accessible from the Bear Lake Trailhead.

Note: The Bear Lake area is very busy, especially in summer and on fall weekends. Parking often fills by early morning. Roads are congested. The park’s free shuttle bus is here to help! You can ride the shuttle to stunning destinations and popular trailheads, all while avoiding the hassle of dealing with traffic and searching for parking

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Accessibility Information
This trail is wheelchair-accessible.

Last updated: November 10, 2020