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Key Info

Bear Lake Rd.

Price & Hours

Free

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Hiking, Recreation, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Bear Lake is encircled by a nearly 1-mile trail that visitors enjoy for its ease and beauty, especially during the fall when the aspens turn gold. Spruce, fir and pine trees also surround the lake, as do giant granite boulders. Travelers that hike Bear Lake's entire perimeter will also be rewarded with majestic views of Hallett Peak and Half Mountain. 

The variety of trails that lead from the Bear Lake trailhead (including the Emerald Lake Trail) make it a great place for people of all fitness levels. Previous travelers recommended getting here early to secure a parking spot in the small lot that fills up quickly. 

To reach Bear Lake, you can drive and park your car on Bear Lake Road, which is less than 10 miles from the turn-off at Highway 36, but the park's free shuttle makes stops here as well. There is no fee to access to Bear Lake. For more information, visit the NPS website.

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