Bear Lake Trail

MODERATE
Antonito, CO
Bear Lake Trail is a 6 mile out and back trail located near Antonito, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from June until September.

6.0 miles 1800 feet Out & Back
hiking walking lake
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Directions from Antonito, Colorado: Travel west on Colorado Highway 17 for approximately 22.0 miles to Forest Road # 250. Go north on Forest Road 250 for approximately 13.5 miles, then turn west on the Saddle Creek Road # 105. Follow Saddle Creek Road west approximately 3.0 miles to the Bear Lake Trailhead. Parking is available at the trailhead.

Jacqueline Wheelwright
4 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

the pictures are misleading. the majority of the pics are from bear lake in RMNP (north CO). this bear lake trail is in Antonito, which is maybe an hour north of NM. I haven't done this hike, but have done RMNP bear lake. HUGE DIFFERENCE. so that's why I rated it at 1 and will update when I actually do the trail that this is supposed to be in Antonito.

Sharon Hanley
4 months ago

13 Completed12 Reviews

Snowshoed Bear Lake and Nymph Lakes 1/18/2016 Beautiful day and gorgeous views. Snow was very deep in some places. Through most of the hike you're protected from the high winds by the trees.

Brian Meier
1 year ago

4 Completed1 Reviews

Strike 3. This app is OUT :( ! Whoever manages this app MUST verify its accuracy! ! I can't trust the directions - you end up in the boonies. Was really looking forward to this hike, but no sign of a trailhead. Luckily, La Jara Creek Wildlife Area turned out to be a good, flat hike :) The reviews all refer to RMNP too - WHY?! This hike is supposed to be in the Southwest San Luis Valley!

Matthew Carlson
2 years ago

14 Completed7 Reviews

We followed the directions and the road ended at someone's house. Can't trust the maps to get there!!

Ronald Miller
2 years ago

7 Completed6 Reviews

Very good hike, first few miles of the hike was a good warm up, last few miles a little tougher trek. But, the end result was a wonderful lake, possibly great fishing also, no fishing gear on the trip, maybe next time (did see some really good size trout) brown and brook!

Leigh Geithman
3 years ago

39 Completed6 Reviews

Took this hike first week in October and enjoyed the trip. Glad that I didn't wear my lite hikers since its rocky and had several fallen trees on it. I believe that some of the photos don't match this lake and must be for a different one. Trail ends in some thick pines with several fire pits for camping.

Erin McCarty
4 years ago

16 Completed9 Reviews

It's super crowded so get there early. Very pretty hike

Kyle Pacatte
4 years ago

71 Completed55 Reviews

Excellent mountain hiking trail at elevation. Lot of snow on ground still, will do again this summer

Joe Hafner
4 years ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

Hiked out to Emerald Lake and back, was a fantastic trip, still a lot of snow yet easily accessible, crampons would be nice though!

C C
4 years ago

82 Completed32 Reviews

Nick Jones
4 years ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

I have only done this trail in the summer time,3 times. I suggest lots of water since you are around 10,000 ft. in elavation and sunscreen is a great idea also. If you like beautiful mountains with the chance to see elk,deer,bighorn sheep,marmots,a wide variety of birds and possible black bears, bring your camera.

Stefano G.
4 years ago

Winter Fall Sommer Spring any season great hike.

Monica O.
4 years ago

We went from Glacier Gorge trailhead to about a mile past The Loch almost to Thunderhead Falls and back. BEAUTIFUL!

Angie B.
4 years ago

This is a nice hike, not terribly difficult but that means CROWDED especially on the weekends. We had to take a shuttle to the trail head and then wait in line for about 20 minutes to catch the shuttle back to the parking area. (CRAZY!) Excellent views and the trails are well kept.

Karen C.
4 years ago

This is by far my favorite trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. The views are spectacular when the Aspens are gold, usually late September.. The view from the Loch is spectacular, and the trail is a moderate. Elevation gain 1,000 ft.

Craig Westling
4 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Nice hike, at times there are alot of people, unless you go off the beaten path

Amanda Cintron
4 years ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful views. Easy hike. Can get a bit crowded.

Jenni Rickman
4 years ago

28 Completed11 Reviews

Easy, short hike. Great photos!

Paul Z.
4 years ago

The views are outstanding on a trail of easy- to moderate difficulty. The trail was mostly still snow-covered in mid-June: hiking boots with good tread (or even spikes) plus walking poles recommended. Open long-sleeve shirt over T-shirt was adequate.
The slippery, sloshy snow-covered trails discouraged crowds, especially beyond Nymph Lake.
These classic alpine lakes belong on the short list.

Ace Moore
4 years ago

9 Completed7 Reviews

Beautiful hike in a beautiful area.