Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 85 reviews
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Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado 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 643 feet Loop

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

lake

views

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 month 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.

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 :]

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2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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2 months 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.

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3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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3 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.

4 months ago

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4 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.

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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5 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