Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 68 reviews
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Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

2.9 miles 625 feet Loop

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

lake

views

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
8 days ago

Great place to take out-of-state visitors. Not too strenuous (if they survive the initial ascent switchbacks). Nice tall spruce forest around the lake. Didn't test the lake ice, having heard some significant ice groaning that day, Excellent views of swirling snow updraft off the higher peaks.

14 days ago

Went mid November after a recent snowfall and it was gorgeous. Bring good shoes and be careful at the icy/muddy parts. The lake was frozen but views were still pretty. A little windy in the beginning. Overall great hike :]

hiking
21 days ago

What a fun hike! My 6 year old son did great. We enjoyed the lake views... simply gorgeous!

1 month ago

Lovely little lake that we hiked too and had lunch near. Was relatively crowded though even in late October.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Steep climb in trees but the lake is great. Other than the lake there aren't a lot of views. I suggest access from Bear Lake as that is not as steep.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hikes that are this short and still offer as amazing views as this one are rare. This isn't my favorite hike in RMNP, but this is definitely one I will end up bringing the most visitors to due to how short and easy it is. There is a good uphill portion in the beginning with a bunch of switchbacks that we saw wearing down the older or less fit people, but there are plenty of places to stop and rest, plus once you get to the top it is 100% worth it. There's really two trails around the lake, one that stays a few hundred feet away in an outer circle, and then the inner circle that runs right along the water. Easily did the whole thing in two hours, and that included a solid 30 minutes for lunch.

1 month ago

Good hike not too busy. Went on a snowy day very beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Started at Bierstadt Lake TH and used the park shuttle from Bear Lake back. Must visit the far eastern shoreline to fully appreciate the wonderful view.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

A little too busy for my taste, but it's a good lake to see if you want a hike shorter in length then ones such as Mills and Loch.

3 months ago

Easy climb. Can only see the lake on one side of the loop. A little swampy and flat lake loop.

hiking
3 months ago

The lake isn't worth the hike. If you want to see a pretty lake, hike to higher elevations. Bierstadt is swampy and not special

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Compared to how the Emerald Lake & Mills Lake trails were, I'd also rate this an easy hike (I did it 4 months pregnant & didn't have a problem) There are switchbacks most of the way up but they're not too steep and the trail is well kept. Amazing panorama views along the way!! Wear sunblock though cause you will be exposed to the sun. Once you get to the top you have a nice shaded walk through among the trees till you get to the lake.

Go early in the morning like 7am, you'll most likely have the trail to yourself and get the a beautiful peaceful view of the mountains reflecting off the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

Steep on the way up but worth it once you get to the lake! I am currently 6 weeks pregnant and it was a perfect work out!

hiking
5 months ago

For a hike in the middle of the Bear Lake Corridor this one felt like my own little piece of the park. I stated at Bear Lake and hiked down to the Park and Ride via Bierstadt. This is an excellent hike! It's mostly wooded and quiet with stunning views of the peaks once at the lake.

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5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

One of our favorite hikes. Park at the shuttle stop, take shuttle up to Bear Lake and then hike around Bear Lake and back to Bierstadt and then back to car. Go early. Parking is scarce and when we arrived at 10am, there were no parking spots available. Had to loop around lot and wait for someone to leave to get their spot. Still snow on the peaks which made for great pictures. Some snow and ice and lots of runoff on the trails. Good to wear waterproof shoes.