If the rugged trek to Pinnacle Lake is too much, but you still want a nice hike to an alpine lake, try Bear Lake. The Pinnacle Lake trail passes Bear Lake, which makes a great destination for new hikers, or those who just want a short stroll.
It's also a nice trail all the way to Bear Lake, so you won't have to grapple with any of the roots and rocks you must overcome to get to Pinnacle Lake.
From the trailhead, start out on good trail tread, walking among large cedars for less than a mile, reaching a ‘Y’ intersection with a small sign on a tree. Take the right fork to head over to Bear Lake. This forested lake features good camp spots and a backcountry toilet, perfect for introducing people to overnight camping. Just be sure to get there early if you want to snag a good spot in summertime.
- 0.8 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 75 feet
The Bear Lake trail and road to trailhead are closed for a road improvement project. Tentative reopening in July.
Hiking Bear Lake
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 48.0598, -121.7370 Open in Google Maps