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Bear Lake
San Isabel National Forest – Trinchera Peak area
Bear Lake Campground is located at 10,500′ elevation and has 14 official
camp sites. There are rest rooms and drinking water available. Camping, picnicking,
fishing, and parking are fee activities. There are also several hiking trailheads
nearby. 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.

Bear Lake
Directions: Take State Highway 12 south of Cuchara to a sharp turn at the
northern foot of Cuchara Pass. Turn onto a well marked dirt road leading west into
the National Forest. It’s 5 miles to Bear Lake from that turn. There’s excellent
fishing in the Cuchara River
for the first couple of miles going in. There’s also excellent fishing at Blue Lake.
San Isabel NF Main Page – Cuchara River Rec Area
Blue LakeCordova PassPurgatoire – Campgrounds Map