Bear Lake Nature Trail

Estes Park, CO
Length: 0.70 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Bear Lake Nature Trail is a short and relatively flat .7 mile loop around Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is heavily trafficked and you’ll likely meet many other families with young children in the trail. The lake and views are beautiful, and there are plenty of benches to stop and take breaks at. The trail is packed rock—a jogging stroller would have no problem.


At the trail head take the right fork for the loop. If you’d like to venture beyond Bear Lake, take the fork to the left. The trail heads up to Emerald Lake.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Mixed
Elevation gain 2 ft.
Stroller friendly Yes
Stroller terrain All Terrain
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception None
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Lake, Picnic Area, Ranger Led Hikes, Shaded Hike, and Wildlife Viewing

Beautiful flat trail that is less than 30-minute drive from the east entrance of the park. Look out for ducks, fish, birds, elk, moose and bears!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Start off fairly early. The parking lots fill up and the park closes the road to the trailhead.

Trail Contributor

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Linzay is the Brand & Content Manager at Hike it Baby.