Bear Lake (Colorado)

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The state quarter coin for Colorado, released June 14 2006, depicts the view of Longs Peak from the north shore of Bear Lake.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Bear Lake, Spring 2007

Bear Lake is a scenic trailhead and destination in Rocky Mountain National Park. Sitting at an elevation of 9,450 feet (2,880 m), the alpine lake rests beneath the sheer flanks of Hallett Peak and the Continental Divide at 40°18′48″N 105°38′54″W / 40.31324°N 105.648222°W / 40.31324; -105.648222. Several trails, from easy strolls to strenuous hikes, start from the lake. The Bear Lake Road is open year round, though it may temporarily close due to adverse weather conditions. An ample parking lot is provided close to the lake. The Bear Lake Road is approximately 10 miles long and starts close to the Beaver Meadows Entrance station of the Rocky Mountains National Park.

The lake was formed during the ice age by a glacier. Several moraines can be found downhill of Bear Lake.

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