It was a pleasant day today in Rocky Mountain National Park, and we decided to drive up to Bear Lake and enjoy the snow and sunshine. Snow covers the ground all around Bear Lake. It’s mostly packed down along the trail, so microspikes on your shoes/boots are helpful to prevent slipping. There were only about 20 cars in the parking lot at 11am – not many for such a great weather day.
Off we went up the standard trail toward Nymph Lake, passing a few people on their descent. One RMNP ranger came down on skis and we quickly moved off to the side to get out of the way. Nymph Lake was completely frozen over with varying depth of snow on top, from 3 to 24 inches. We enjoyed a picnic at the lake on a bench with a great view of Thatchtop Mountain, then headed down the shortcut trail to Bear Lake. All in all, a beautiful day for a short 1.2 mile hike.