The hike to Bear Lake ascends the south ridge of Galena Mountain, traveling through lodgepole pine forest. From the top of the ridge, you can see a large part of the upper Arkansas Valley and Colorado ’s highest peaks. The trail then drops into spruce-fir forest, wandering past several little ponds and lakes. Idyllic Bear Lake sits on a wide flat bench bordered by big boulders on its west side. The hike to Bear Lake follows the Colorado Trail and Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, which use the path of the old Main Range Trail. The latter was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression in the 1930s for fire protection.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||1,370 ft|
|Skill Level||More Difficult|
|Duration||3 to 4.5 hours|
|Season||Best from July to early October|
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