Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bear Lake - Rocky Mountain National Park - 7/12/14

This alpine lake lies beneath Hallett Peak and the Continental Divide. The lake was formed during an ice age by a glacier. At 9,450' above sea level, there is a lovely trail around this beautiful lake that is close to a parking lot. It is a very popular destination, but the crowds thinned out as soon as we started exploring the area. There are numerous other trails that you can hike from this location as well.

In peak season (summer) the parking lot is filled early in the day, but the free park & ride shuttle at Glacier Basin can take you to this location. Today, there were plenty of signs notifying us that the lots were full above that point. The shuttle drops off and picks up passengers at Sprague Lake, Bierstadt Lake Trailhead, Glacier Gorge Trailhead, and Bear Lake.

The views were breathtaking. Some photos of Bear Lake.

Views along the trail.


Admission to Rocky Mountain National Park is $20 per vehicle. An annual pass can be purchased for $40 per vehicle. As I have mentioned in previous posts, John has a Senior Pass (that cost $10) that gets us into all National Park Service sites for free for life. What a deal!!


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