Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake via Flat Top Mountain Trail

EASY 29 reviews
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Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake via Flat Top Mountain Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Fall River Estates Subdivision, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
347 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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, April 24, 2017

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.

snowshoeing
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

recorded Park & Ride to Bear Lake

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursday, June 08, 2017

recorded Bear To Bierstadt

hiking
Sunday, August 30, 2015

snowshoeing
Thursday, November 27, 2014