A Leisurely Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park: Bear Lake Loop

With over 350 miles of trails, scenery, and wildlife it’s easy to see why Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the United States. Bear Lake Loop has quickly risen to the ranks of being one of the most trafficked hiking trails in the park. At only 3.5 miles round trip and a total elevation gain of 650 feet, it’s also one of the most leisurely hikes to take in the park. Each of the four lakes on Bear Lake loops is unique and well worth the visit. Although we recommend you visit Bear Lake Loop early in the morning as it can get really crowded, especially on weekends.


Bear Lake

While the trail itself is named Bear Lake Loop, Bear Lake isn’t the star of the show. As you continue on the path to Emerald Lake the views get better as the trip goes on.

Roundtrip Length:  0.8 Miles
Trailhead Elevation: 9475 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 45 Feet

Bear Lake Loop


Nymph Lake

With the thousands of lily pads and lush green forests surrounding Nymph Lake, the atmosphere is quite mysterious or mystical. On a cloudy day, you can see the reflection of the nearby mountains perfectly through the almost posed water lilies.

Roundtrip Length: 1.1 Miles
Trailhead Elevation: 9475 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 245 Feet

Nymph Lake - Bear Lake Loop


Dream Lake

Obviously, Dream Lake’s name rings true for all that see it. The view of the Rockies is incredibly breathtaking as well as the walk through the woods to get there.

Roundtrip Length: 2.2 Miles
Trailhead Elevation: 9475 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 450 Feet

Dream Lake - Bear Lake Loop


Emerald Lake

At the end of the path lies Emerald Lake, its glory lies in clear sunny days so you’re able to see the many colors of rocks that reflect off this small lake. Due to some recent rock slides, this area is not at it’s prime but is still a beauty to behold.

Roundtrip Length: 3.5 Miles
Trailhead Elevation: 9475 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 650 Feet

Emerald Lake - Bear Lake Loop


Have you been to Bear Lake Loop? What are some of your favorite hiking spots around the globe?

Looking for more things to do in the Estes Park area? Check out these 8 epic things to do during your stay!

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With hiking trails like Bear Lake Loop, it's easy to see why Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the United States.

With hiking trails like Bear Lake Loop, it's easy to see why Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the United States

 

  • Melanie
    August 3, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    This right here is exactly why I need to make it out to Colorado ASAP!! I’ve been in the winter, but have never gotten to do any Summer/ Fall hiking. Hope to change that soon!

  • Linger Abroad
    August 5, 2017 at 2:28 AM

    These photos are really beautiful! Recently was blown away by the beauty of the Canadian Rockies so I’m sure it’d be a similar experience in the Colorado Rockies. I love how serene it all looks. Hopefully will make it there soon!