A Beautiful Lake and a major trailhead.
Bear Lake Interpretive Nature Loop
- Length: 0.7 miles RT
- Elev gain: 60 ft
- Rating: Easy
- Hiking Time: min. 30 mins
At the TH, turn right to coincide with the interpretive guide. The trail itself circles scenic Bear Lake with Hallet Peak in the background. It’s an ideal family destination, but also provides access to nearly every other trail and destination in the entire area.
Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, Emerald Lake Trail
- Length: 3.6 miles RT
- Elev gain: 615 ft
- Rating: 4.8 Easy/Moderate
- Hiking Time: min. 1 hr 45 mins
Follow the signs from the Bear Lake TH for Nymph, Dream and Emerald lakes. The trail climbs to Nymph Lake at 0.5 miles. During the summer, the lake is filled with pond lilies. The trail skirts along the east side of the lake and offers some great vistas of Hallett Peak, often reflecting in the still water of Nymph Lake. The trail continues above the lake’s north shore to another photo op, at mile 0.8, offering outstanding vistas of Longs Peak and Glacier Gorge. It becomes less steep near the Lake Haiyaha Jct and veers right over a bridge across Dream Lake’s outlet at mile 1.1 then follows the shore and the inlet up to Emerald Lake at 1.8 miles. Emerald Lake fills a deep bowl carved by Tyndall Glacier, which is located in a saddle between Hallet Peak and Flattop Mountain.