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Photograph Bear Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

4.5/5
based on 11 reviews

Description

Added by Jason Hatfield

An iconic lake in Rocky Mountain National Park with year-round photography access.

Bear Lake is a popular tourist destination in Rocky Mountain NP, but when the sun is low in the sky or the stars are out you'll find the big crowd are gone. The lake is beautiful at sunrise and sunset but especially photogenic in the fall or at winter's end. While it doesn't have the darkest night skies it can still serve as an excellent location to watch meteors or photograph star trails above Hallet Peak. The area is also frequented by wildlife and you might capture an elk harem, flock of turkeys, or lone fox.

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Features

Photography
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife
ADA Accessible

Reviews

Go for sunrise!

We finished our hike to Emerald Lake and before returning to the car we decided to quickly check out Bear Lake. It was worth the very fast hike there. You can do a loop but we did not, we simply admired the lake, took a couple pictures and returned to our car. It was raining and the clouds were rolling in, making it particularly different and beautiful.

This is a pretty scenic starting point for a lot of hikes in RMNP. Consider arriving early to avoid the crowds.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Nearby

Lake Helene and Two Rivers Lake

Nymph Lake via Bear Lake Trailhead

Ptarmigan Lake via Bear Lake Trailhead

Hike from Bear Lake to Fern Lake Trailhead

Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak

Snowshoe to Emerald Lake