Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 93 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 best used 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

snowshoeing
4 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Loved all the switchbacks and the challenge to get to the Lake. Well worth it. 2016

hiking
1 month ago

Starting at bear lake is definitely a little easier. Still a great hike for kids, my 7 year old loved it. Also, if you are looking for a good view for fall foliage, this is it!

1 month ago

Hiked this trail 10/16 on my honeymoon. The hike up was a great workout. The first at the top was a winter Wonderland and the payoff when we got to the lake was immense. highly recommended.

1 month ago

Beautiful lake, saw a moose. This was the first hike I ever did in Colorado and it helped convince me to move!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Trip up is a bit of a workout, over the ridge line and down to the lake through the snow covered trees was unreal, the lake was super beautiful and sledding on our butts down was the easiest way down!

Super fun day and recommend it!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Great hike for beginning snowshoers. Started at Bear Lake trailhead and completed an out and back to Lake Bierstadt.

hiking
3 months 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 :]

hiking
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 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.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 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.

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago