DISTANCE
12.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3225 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

river

waterfall

no dogs

trail running
7 days ago

We start this loop at Bierstadt. It is one of my all time favorite loops. You get everything, lakes, beautiful views, waterfalls, and if you go early in the season great wildflowers. Short grind up from Bierstadt TH, nice run across over to Mill Creek in the trees. Real rocky section down around cub lake (burn area). Once you hit the river, you get a nice grind (rocky) up to Fern Lake. Then on to Odessa (worth the slight detour - don’t skip). Then a rocky climb up to Helene with amazing views of the surrounding mountains. From there great fast downhill back to either Bear Lake or Bierstadt. You can add additional miles by adding Flattop to the loop as an out-and-back.