Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 285 reviews
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Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail is a 3.2 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.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
620 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
3 days ago

This trail is a hidden gem! We stumbled across it because the park and ride bus heading for Emerald Lake was very crowded. This trail ended up being great and we were so happy to end up there! Basically had the trail to ourselves. Amazing views on the climb, caught some shade in the trees at the top, and the views of the lake with the mountains behind it were gorgeous. We couldn’t be happier with this hike!!

hiking
3 days ago

Mid 30s, mostly fit, carrying a toddler, took less than 2 hours. We went at 6:30pm (two hours before sunset) and had the trail totally to ourselves. Wish we had brought bug spray, the mosquitos around the lake were horrendous.

hiking
5 days ago

Less trafficked gem. Hopped on this trail from Bear Lake. It was about 2 miles from Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake and then we hiked down to our car which was another 1.7 miles or so. It was a good way to do it and after Emerald Lake Trail it was much quieter in this area. Although the lake wasn’t as breathtaking as Emerald, the 180° views on the switchbacks along with the wildflowers and trees were amazing! I would recommend this trail if you’re looking for some extra trails in that area.

hiking
12 days ago

Great views all along the switchbacks on the way to the top. Easy forest trail around the lake at the top with cut-ins to get great views of the lake itself.

hiking
14 days ago

First mile is steep switchbacks, but amazing views the whole way up; slightly challenging. Forest trail and lake are nice as well. Can continue on to bear lake to extend the route.

hiking
14 days ago

I really enjoyed this hike. The views are fantastic throughout the hike. Really, really outstanding views.There’s a portion through the forest, that was really cool too. I was disappointed in Bierstadt Lake. That was just ok

16 days ago

So awesome to see a clean lake!

19 days ago

Somewhat easy trial with breathtaking pics.

21 days ago

Fairly steep incline the first .75 miles or so, with great views. Easy going rest of the way to the lake and way back.

hiking
22 days ago

Very fun trail with lots of switchbacks, moderately difficult with a beautiful view of the lake near the end. Went just before sundown. Gorgeous.

23 days ago

Awesome hike - just be sure to start at the Bear Lake trailhead and branch off from there! Then you do all the switchbacks going down instead of up!

23 days ago

I hiked this on 5/5 and made it a 4 mile hike by heading back via the trail that goes toward the park and ride. There was snow up by the lake and microspikes were needed on the steep slopes going back down. It was easy going up all the switch backs but steeper going down toward the park and ride. It would have been more difficult doing this in the other direction. Nice views of the mountains going up toward the lake.

hiking
26 days ago

Steep hike up to nice lake loop.

26 days ago

Hiked this 5/26/18, going up was pretty challenging (steep with lots of switchbacks) Once on top the hike is easy and beautiful. Still small amounts of snow and muddy. We only went half around the lake and then doubled back & and took the Bear lake trail, making it a very interesting hike, still quite a bit of snow on this trail, went around Bear lake then to Alberta Falls. Caught the park and ride bus from here back to Bierstadt trailhead.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful mountain views from the switchbacks and even better view at the lake. Wasn’t a lot of parking at the trailhead had to park down the road and added another 1.5 miles to the hike.

26 days ago

It’s beautiful at the top! Loved the lake! So peaceful!

27 days ago

The lake at the top is beautiful. There was definitely snow there, and mallard ducks enjoying the water. Enjoyed this hike. It’s fairly steep going up with lots of switchbacks. Although climb up not particularly noteworthy, the views of the surrounding mountains can’t be beat, and the lake is worth it. Going back down to trailhead is pretty quick since mostly downhill.

hiking
27 days ago

A beautiful lake hike, I hiked here through the Mills Creek Basin trail which added a very unique aspect to the hike. The trail that connects Mills Creek Basin and Bierstadt Lake was really interesting.

The lake itself was phenomenal, we had a super clear day and north side has great views.

hiking
27 days ago

5/25/2018 my wife & I took our 8 and 4 year olds on this hike. The beginning is the hard part with the switchbacks but the lake is worth it. Beautiful scenery of the mountains on the way up and at the lake.

29 days ago

Loved this. Saw 3 moose, and watched 1 walk all the way across the lake

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fantastic hike. Nice switchbacks to get to the top of the mountain and a beautiful loop around the lake.

1 month ago

Gorgeous views. The switchback part is a pretty good climb. The path around the lake is incredibly peaceful. The trail was quite mushy due to the snowmelt. Worth every splatter!

hiking
1 month ago

Did it on 4/29. The first part of the trail is all uphill through a series of switchbacks but at least the path is clear. At the top, the lake loop is entirely snow-covered so microspikes would help, though the trail is flat. The trail is a bit difficult to find with the snow and the lake is only visible from 2 vantage points (where you have to walk a bit off the path to get to the lake). The lake loop itself is like a walk in snow-covered woods.

1 month ago

Did this trail on 4/27, and after completing the loop went on to the Cub Lake trail. The hike was really beautiful, still some snow on the ground but it didn't get tricky until continuing deeper into the forest/ mountains. The first ascent has gorgeous mountain views the whole time, that just get better and better the higher up you go. It was pretty trafficked until reaching the lake, but then again we did go on a weekend so it's to be expected.

1 month ago

Great hike. Did it with both of our kids in the hiking pack. Awesome views, some snow at the top but didn't require snowshoes or anything special.

2 months ago

We hiked this loop on April 14. There was a bit of ice on the way up, maybe the first .2 Miles. The rest of the way up was clear until we got to the top and then there was snow/ice. We managed just fine with our hiking boots. Make sure you take the short trail from the loop out to see the lake with a magnificent view and mountains in the background.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail with a 9 and 12 year old in tennis shoes today. The beginning of the trail (.2 mi) was slushy but easily doable. The mile up was clear and pretty easy. The remainder of the trail to the lake was snow packed but we did fine, stayed dry and warm with tennis shoes and light jackets.

4 months ago

Highly recommend yaktrax or microspikes. Slick spots of ice but lots of bare spots as well. The trail around the lake is snow packed but deep spots occasionally. Beautiful moderate hike.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

A great snowshoe/spike hike! A bit windy but sunny. Packed snow on trail...some bare spots. Highly recommend this hike.

hiking
5 months ago

It was super windy and cold. I definitely recommend going early because we hit a storm. You’ll also probably need snow shoes. The views were gorgeous but we were unprepared for the snow

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