Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 325 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
5 days ago

The lake is just okay. The best part is the nice views going up and down the trail. Went during a huge thunderstorm with lots of hail so we couldn’t spend much time at the lake.

7 days ago

Loved every minute!

hiking
10 days ago

Did this on a gray Friday morning work intermittent rain and didn't see a soul until we had circumnavigated the lake. This is a nice trail, though they are definitely better ones to choose from. The first mile is pretty exposed and it becomes shaded at the top of the climb. If you require instant gratification, do the lake loop trail counterclockwise. We went clockwise and didn't see the lake until nearly halfway around it. The lake itself is pretty, and a family of Mallards that approached very near to us added some charm. We ended up hiking over to Bear Lake and returned to our car via the shuttle, making it a 5 mile hike (also going around Bear Lake).

hiking
12 days ago

Trail was a fun trail to hike. We are not the most physically fit persons. Due to that we took the trail from bear lake to bierstadt lake. Then we headed on to the park and ride lot. This allowed us a quick steep ascent then descend to the lake and another descent to the p&r lot. Still a challenge coming down due to rugged terrain. Great way to get in 4 miles.

13 days ago

The view at Bierstadt is absolutely gorgeous. However, the trail still needs to be better marked. Leaving Bierstadt to the desired destination can be quite a challenge/ frustration. Serious signage improvement needs to be implemented

hiking
16 days ago

My husband and I decided to give this one a try. We started at the park and ride stop and hiked to the lake. It’s a steady incline and I appreciated having my trekking poles. Mountain views on the incline are phenomenal. The lake is quiet and really pretty. Instead of hiking out the same way, we hiked over to Bear Lake. That part of the hike is very quiet because of dense trees. It’s also a little rocky. All in all, a beautiful hike and great workout!

18 days ago

Beautiful switch back climb through pine forested and low brush with many varieties of wild flowers.

19 days ago

Adventuresome hike for us. Started trail at the park and ride which means the elevation is greater from here than at the trailhead or picking up at bear lake. We had over a 1000ft elevation change from the park and ride compared to 300 ft from bear lake. Other than that it was a great hike and would highly recommend it. Took a ton of pictures. Two grandparents, son and grandchildren.

hiking
20 days ago

Finally! A rugged trail. After Emerald and Alberta was afraid everything was wide, graded, paved or staired. Nice switchbacks up to a beautiful lake! Only reason 4 of 5 because we encountered a group of about 20 swimming and whooping it up....no peaceful lake. But otherwise, little traffic, and without the crowd would have been pristine!

hiking
28 days ago

Started at 4:15 this morning to be in place for first light and sunrise over the lake. We had the whole lake to ourselves. Our timing was good, but we went left (west) around the lake, and could only find a lake entrance on the east end in the dark. If you go right (east), there is a short trail just down the hill to the lake with a good view of the colors in the sky. Overall though, there are better spots for a sunrise, so only 3oo5 stars.

30 days ago

Great hike toward the late afternoon it wasn’t as crowded as it could have been

30 days ago

This was a nice unplanned hike after we couldn’t park at Bearlake trailhead. Even on a Saturday during July not that busy. The treat was a pristine lake with a beautiful view of the mountains in the background.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail! We started early at the trailhead. Went up and back. Steady incline on the way up. Great views of the mountains. Then you end up walking through the forest to get to the lake. The lake was so peaceful with many ducks and ducklings. Great Mountain View’s. The trail is a loop around the lake. Then we headed back down to the trailhead. A must do.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike would be tough as an out and back as the switchbacks are steep and you are dodging horses. We hiked from Bear Lake over to Bierstadt lake and then down the switchbacks to the trailhead. Nice 3.2 miles.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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

2 months ago

So awesome to see a clean lake!

2 months ago

Somewhat easy trial with breathtaking pics.

2 months 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
2 months 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.

2 months 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!

2 months 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
2 months ago

Steep hike up to nice lake loop.

2 months 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
2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

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