Bear Lake in June

We took a late spring trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in early June. We had great weather, with pleasant temperatures and clear skies.

I took my now regular hike around Bear Lake again this year. It’s been a couple of years since I last hiked here. Last year it was too rainy. The year before, we came in May and it was snowing too heavily to hike.

Here are some photos from the trip:

Here’s a view of the path around the lake. It’s a well maintained trail and easy to walk on.

Bear Lake, RMNP
Bear Lake, RMNP

This view of the mountains is better this time of year than in the fall, so here you go!

Bear Lake, RMNP
Bear Lake, RMNP

Even in the fall, there is a bit of snow on the back end of the trail, right before it returns to the parking lot. In June, there is a lot of snow!

Bear Lake, RMNP
Bear Lake, RMNP

The next two shots are looking down on a raging stream, heavy with melting snow.

Mountain Stream, RMNP
Mountain Stream, RMNP
Mountain Stream, RMNP
Mountain Stream, RMNP

The last two shots were taken near the big horn sheep crossing. We did see a couple, but I didn’t get any good close-up photos.

I did get the elk playing around in the water, and that was pretty cool. The last shot is a wide view of the elk and the sheep.

Playful Elk, RMNP
Playful Elk, RMNP
Elk and Big Horn Sheep, RMNP
Elk and Big Horn Sheep, RMNP

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