Bear Lake to Lake Bierstadt

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Bear Lake to Lake Bierstadt is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until November.

4.4 miles
646 feet
Out & Back



trail running





wild flowers



no dogs

A wonderful hike in Rocky Mountain National park. Use Bear Lake as the trailhead, the Lake Bierstadt trailhead is too steep and has no shade. You can do this as an out and back, or if you want to do it as a point-to-point there is a shuttle that will take you back to Bear Lake.

3 months ago

We started at bear lake until we got to Bierstadt. It was an okay hike but not one of our favorites in the RMNP.

5 months ago

Drove 2 hours, got to the park entrance, paid $25 for day pass, drove a mile to the lake and was greeted with 'The lake is full, you'll have to turn around and go somewhere else' by a park ranger on the side of the further explanation, just gestured to turn around.
The great outdoors is full - go somewhere else. So I did.

5 months ago

Nice hike with the family, very easy. A lot of horse poop on the trail, so 4 stars. We tried to park at Bear Lake at 7:30am but parking lot was full. Once we took the shuttle, start time was 8:30am.

7 months ago

This trail was peaceful and mostly isolated. The wide, serene lake at the end makes up for any lack of epic vistas along the way.

8 months ago

Hiked in November; definitely recommend snowshoes for that time of year. We ended up having to turn around before making it to Flattop because if the deep snow. Otherwise beautiful.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Perfect Winter afternoon hike to kick off 2018! We were fortunate with conditions: blue skies and clear, cold but not bitter, snowy but not icy trail that was well compacted, enough parking at Bear Lake TH, and not many people past Bear Lake itself. We only required our winter boots and attire, no snowshoes or traction, even with carrying the 1 and 2 year olds. We ice skated on Bierstadt! :). Excellent day with friends!!!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Peaceful trail, saw nobody once we left Bear Lake. Strongly advise that you wear traction; there's a lot of ice on the trail.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Beautiful trail but pay attention to the weather before heading out.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Beautiful hike but COLD this time of year. Still worth it though.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The hike to the Lake Beirstadt is fairly easy to moderate. The lake is so beautiful with amazing views of the mountains. A great spot to have lunch.

5 months ago

5 months ago

recorded Bear Lake to Lake Bierstadt

7 months ago