Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 163 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

kid friendly




trail running


horseback riding




no dogs

4 days ago

This trail has it all...incline rocky parts and hard pack level through the forest parts. Most was in shade. We started from the shuttle parking lot below Bear Lake. Sorry I don't know the name of it. Trailhead board from parking lot noted that the hike to Bearstadt Lake was 1.6 Mi. That was to the lake. the loop around, which we didn't do because it was late in they afternoon, was longer. would have missed the lake if other hikers hadn't directed us to a small bush beaten offshoot of the trail right after a wooden bridge that went right to the lake. We could see people standing around the lake on other areas of the loop. Everyone was enthralled by the moose standing knee deep. Trail was lightly to moderately trafficked with everyone from children to fit seniors.

5 days ago

This was our first hike while visiting Colorado. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! The hike up was a little tough, but the view is beyond worth it. We didn't go back down the way this trail suggests because it started raining. We hiked back to the park n ride parking lot. The way down was super rocky. Not as kept up as the original path, but definitely doable.

8 days ago

Probably my all time favorite trail to this point...

9 days ago

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11 days ago

Once you get to the top the view is amazing. The lake is even better

12 days ago

We hiked up the Bierstadt Lake Trail. Amazing views. Because the parking area was full, we took the shuttle from Park & Ride to the TH. Not many people were hiking this trail, so it was nicely quiet. From the Lake (best views from the east side, just beyond the junction with the P&R trail -- going counter clockwise). We took the trail back to the P&Ride. Very rocky and even though downhill it was tough (especially without poles). Much preferred the hike up.

17 days ago

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18 days ago

My favorite lake. Picturesque. We always start at Bear lake, as with 3 kids the trailhead switchbacks are easier going down.. can't wait to do it again..

19 days ago

20 days ago

This hike is underrated and definitely worth your while! The hike up to the lake (while admittedly a long uphill climb) offers fantastic panoramic views of the mountains that are hard to beat anywhere in the park. Then, Bierstadt Lake has beautiful reflections of the mountains in the morning and it feels secluded...far fewer people than Nymph, Dream, or Emerald (though those are also great). Rather than hiking back down the way we came, we hiked to Bear Lake from Bierstadt. I'd suggest hiking back down or to the Park & Ride instead. The hike to Bear Lake was nothing special but was uphill nearly all the way.

21 days ago

my first hike ever! Was kind of hard but totally worth it! beautiful

23 days ago

24 days ago

It is a very step trail. I may be a beginner at hiking but this hike killed me. Although is was so worth it once we got to the lake. :)

Not too over-run on a very busy summer Saturday. The fairly steep initial portion keeps the traffic down. The lake is lovely.

26 days ago

27 days ago

Amazing views of The Valley as you walk up. A nice moderate hike followed by some beautiful forest. Best of all you finish at the lake with some stunning views of the mountains. The water was a nice temperature and totally worth a swim!

30 days ago