The Bear Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular parts of the park. We’ve hiked several trails in the area, including the 0.6 mile trail around Bear Lake. It’s an easy walk, listed as accessible – available to most people, including those with handicaps. However, the trail is not entirely flat and is more challenging than most accessible trails. The lake is about 9500 feet above sea level.
Bear Lake is at the end of Bear Lake Road, eleven miles from the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. With several other trails in the Bear Lake area, the parking lot fills early during the summer and weekends. Bear Lake Route shuttle buses run from a large Park & Ride parking area across from Glacier Basin Campground, with stops at other trailheads along the route.
Blog posts from this visit to
Rocky Mountain National Park:
Rocky Mountain National Park
- National Park Service – Rocky Mountain National Park
- Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Town of Estes Park
- Trail Gazette (newspaper)
- Stanley Hotel