Bear Lake Road is under construction and is a two year project. We had to wait for a lead truck to get us through that portion and then we finished our journey to Bear Lake. We took a quick look at Bear Lake itself and decided that we would hike around it after we did the trek to Emerald Lake. The elevation at Bear Lake is 9,475 ft. at the trail head.
The guide book states that this is a "moderate" hike with some steep sections and it gave us the elevations to each of them. From the 9475 ft at the trailhead, we climbed another 250ft up over .5 miles to Nymph Lake which is the smallest of the three.
|Tim on Path to Dream Lake|
|Dream Lake..Incredible sight!|
|Path to Emerald Lake..the snow got deeper!|
|Looking Back Down the Trail Leading Up to Emerald Lake|
We each used walking sticks on the way up, and I used both of them on the way down. Much easier to descend steep elevations so that all of the pressure is not on your knees. The round trip took us 3 hours. Sounds like a lot for a round trip of 3.6 miles, but the terrain was not your normal Sun City nature walk!
The three lakes were pristine and extremely picturesque. There were a few folks fishing and Tim regretted not bring his tackle with him.He thinks he'll go back another day and do the climb to Dream Lake and give it a try.
After lunch, we did hike around Bear Lake which is an easy .5 mile walk. We were going to do the Alberta Falls hike too, but we decided we had enough for the day. We drove to see Sprague Lake on the way home and then we stopped at a stream where Tim got some fishing practice in again!
We had a fire in the evening and enjoyed the snow covered mountain views from our campsite in the cool, crisp mountain air. "Day is done...gone the sun..." A perfect ending to a perfect day.