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1 month ago

We went up to see where the water appears and where the gigantic fish ate, then went up on the loop trail. We saw a Grizzly which looked at as, thought a second, then turned and bounded down the trail away from us. We turned around and went back to let the ranger know and not press our luck.
We then went down to see the sinks that disappear into a cavern. It was a beautiful hike and well worth the drive. The information posted along the trail was highly informative and interesting.
FYI We will be buying bear spray for our next hikes in the area.

I'll be posting our outing on my blog and YouTube channel. www.tgitrailtime.wordpress.com

trail running
1 month ago

Great run and scenery through Boulder. It’s lots of fun, but can be crowded. If you’re looking for an easy grade trail and are ok with mostly paved running, this is a fantastic option!

2 months ago

We opted for the Middle Fork Falls trail that starts from Bruce's picnic area at the end of the Sinks Canyon Road. A wonderful moderate trail (easy for the fit and kids) with beautiful wildflowers in mid-July and views along most of the trail. Photos of the series of waterfalls at trail's end don't do it justice. Plenty of water volume this year makes them all very picturesque. Also, we saw people wading in several side pools that looked safe and very tempting on a hot day.

Started our trek at Bear Lake trailhead, per the advice of a person on the shuttle. Good decision! Hiked mostly downhill to Bierstadt and then enjoyed the loop around the lake. Thanks to another tip from a fellow hiker, we found a nice spot off the loop to view the lake (it is surrounded by trees). Next, we hiked to the Bierstadt trailhead which involves scenic views going DOWN the switchbacks. (Note: If we had started the hike from Bierstadt trailhead and ended at Bear Lake, this would have been a much more strenuous journey!) It took my family (12 month old on my back + two 6 year olds) about three hours total.

Advice for families: Start at Bear Lake trailhead, end at Bierstadt trailhead, use shuttle back to Bear Lake or to Park & Ride.

3 months ago

We really enjoyed this short hike. Great views all around and some nice shade in the forest. Call into the visitor center for good info on the area.

4 months ago

June 8: Began at Bruce’s Parking Lot, walking out about 1.5 miles, then returning. Profusion of wildflowers, essentially flat. A beautiful stroll.

We hiked this one 6/5 and only did a one way trip. We parked at bear lake and then took the shuttle back from the Bierstadt trail head. The hike was fairly easy, as most of it is downhill. It took me about 2 hours to make the one way trip at an easy pace. The hike is mostly through wooded areas so not as scenic until you reach the switch backs headed down to the trail head. The switchbacks offer up some really great views of Sprague lake and the mountains surrounding Bear Lake.

Hiked 5/29. On the tougher side of easy, after Bear Lake. Steep incline and then the descent after Bierstadt was hard on the ankles with the rocky trail. Starting at Bear Lake TH is the way to go. Bierstadt is a beautiful scene with incredible views. There are a couple trail markers to keep you from meandering to the Park and Ride and to keep hiking the lake. The descent was perhaps my favorite part- the view was breathtaking with every switchback!

Easy and fun hike. The inclinés are very gradual and worth it to get to the beautiful, glassy lake. The trail is very well maintained and great for all ages. I would definitely bring visitors to Colorado out to this trail again.

Went up to Bear Lake with the plans to snowshoe the Bear Lake and Bierstadt Lake trails. Snow has been sparse so far this year and we were concerned that there would be minimal snow coverage and what the trail condition may be. The weather pulled through and we had a micro blizzard for our snowshoe hike. It was awesome.

Fresh snow if you're looking to head up snowshoeing soon. ENJOY!

Note: There were some ice patches on the road up through RMNP and some cars struggled.

Beautiful, peaceful, not many people today. Traction makes it better.

Amazing winter hike! Would suggest microspikes, saw tons of animal tracks - rabbits, squirrel, mountain lion, elk - and pretty much had Bierstadt lake to ourselves

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Late Sept:
Relatively easy. Rocky in parts. Good aspen color around Bear Lake atm. Bierstadt Lake beautiful with specked snow on mountains in background with sun.

Nice trail with beautiful views! Saw a Bull-moose at the edge of Bierstadt Lake

Monday, August 14, 2017

Loved everything.

I've written a blog post about this hike @ www.break-trail.com
If you'd like to read it, follow this link: https://goo.gl/mvWdTc

Harder than I expected but exhilarating all the same. Trail is snowy in parts, not as well marked as I would have liked, but quiet and serene ...gorgeous. We went Bear to Bierstadt Lake, then to the Bierstadt shuttle lot. Difficult rock navigation on the way to the lot in two spots. Push on and you'll make it.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Great starter trail for the year. Highly suggest

Took the Bear lake to Bierstad lake route then crossed over to the Glarier Creek trail back to the parking lot at Bear lake. Made for a nice loop and only added a couple miles.

Awesome trail that features two gorgeous lake. Snowshoed it and enjoyed the gorgeous views at both lakes and on the section in between the lakes. Highly recommend this trail or adding this to a larger hiking loop in RMNP

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Really easy path through the city. Wheelchair, bike, and stroller friendly with some nice views of the creek.

trail running
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Simple trail run, I branched off and hiked the near by peak

Sunday, July 31, 2016

great views and lots of places to stop and jump in the river.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Ahhhh. 20 minutes to wilderness.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Growing up in Lander I tell everyone that you need to go up to the falls. It's an easy hike compared to most of the Winds but you won't be disappointed. Try it in the winter!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A nice, laid back trail. I would hike it again....it's a beginner trail and good if you're not yet used to the altitude. I started at the trail head at the Popo Agie campground.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Went out the day after Christmas (2013). Weather between 30-40 degrees. As a newbie, I managed to get off track on the outbound leg, following a snowmobile path that took me at least a half-mile out of the way, and which dumped me out on a highway above Bruce's Parking Area, the designated "turnaround" point. Caused this flatlander to have to climb 1000+' in altitude, instead of the gentle 600' I was expecting.
Paid more attention on the flat return. Beautiful, snow-covered walk. If you do it RIGHT, it's a nice, easy dayhike.

Friday, May 24, 2013

This was a excellent hike first thing in the morning. We started at the Bruces Trailhead and shot straight up to the Falls. The spring runoff made this quie a sight to see. Warnings had been posted first halfmile due to a kill close to trail. After the Falls we looped to the North and came across the ridges until we found a nice spot to come back down to the road. Awesome area, I can't wait to bring the whole family up here. The Sinks visitors center was a great plae to visit as well.

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