Bear Lake & Blue Lake are beautiful little lakes located at about 10,400′ elevation in the San Isabel National Forest – Trinchera Peak area.
In the early 1900’s, there was a large black bear causing a lot of havoc in the area and one of the Forest Rangers set a trap for it. The next day he went to retrieve the trap but it was gone. Later on, the trap was found in the middle of the lake, still attached to a bear. The bear was so large that he had dragged the trap cross-country and into the lake, that’s how Bear Lake got the name.
There is some excellent fishing in both Blue and Bear Lake as well as a campground and tons of hiking.