Inside the national park from the Beaver Meadows Entrance, Bear Lake Road runs 23 miles round trip to Bear Lake and open year-round. It passes several picnic areas, campgrounds and the must-stop Moraine Park Discovery Center. In the Moraine Park area, look for foraging elk and other wildlife. The road continues past Sprague Lake, gaining a few hundred feet in elevation, before evening out as it parallels Glacier Greek. It twists and turns up a series of switchbacks to Bear Lake, where an inviting paved trail encircles the sparkling lake at the base of Hallett Peak. Also, several hiking trails radiate from Bear Lake-ranging in difficulty from beginner to challenging.
We took bear lake road to the lake and then hiked to flattop mountain -4.4 miles from the lake and total elevation of 3756 meters/ 12324 feet. Very difficult but beautiful hike.
The nice thing about Bear Lake is that it's basically always open (baring some unforeseen weather weirdness) unlike Trail Ridge and Fall River. This road will put you in the general area of some of the park's best hikes and lakes and such, so it's definitely worth a cruise along part of it.
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