Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail

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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

10 days 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
25 days 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.

2 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 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

hiking
3 months ago

We started at 7:30 am and we definitely needed our snow shoes for the hike up. We didn't use them to come down because the snow was old and turning to slush. The views are gorgeous. One of my favorite hikes so far because you get beautiful views for half of the hike and then beautiful forest and trees for the other half around the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

We went in early January on a year with very little snowfall, though the trail was still really slick with packed snow.

I highly reccommend having boot chains for some extra grip if there is any snow on the ground.

The views on the way up were phenomenal and the lake was super pretty. In my mind it was the hike up that made the trip great as opposed to the walk on the plateau.

hiking
3 months ago

Hard and beautiful! Frozen lake is amazing!

3 months ago

Beautiful views of the continental divide and glaciers. The trees give nice protection from the wind.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike with great views. The snow was very packed down this morning. Only micro spikes are needed. Snowshoes are excessive for the current trail conditions.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike... make sure you have your snow shoes.

hiking
4 months ago

As of today, conditions were great. The first half of the trail is definitely moderate. A bit rocky in places so if you have a hard time with that you may want to use trekking poles. Once you get to the top it levels out. It was a bit icy and snow covered around the lake. Snowshoes weren’t necessary but traction would be recommended in spots. Beautiful views along the entire trail. Worth the climb!

hiking
5 months ago

We really liked this trail. We had tried Alpine Falls trail and it was way too icy. There were spots on Bierstadt that were icy but not nearly as bad. We didn’t go all the way to the lake but it was good nevertheless. A bit rocky so trekking poles is advised.

5 months ago

tough start but a gorgeous finish, took us about two and a half to do the loop (but we goofed off at the lake for a while!)

6 months ago

A wonderful secret hidden among trees!

hiking
6 months ago

loved this hike! the first part is a challenge, but well worth the work once you see the views from the lake.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this hike same week last year. Great views but really windy. Loved the lake at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

There was no snow going up the trail until we got to the lake which made for a nice view.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, slightly difficult on the way up (i’m a beginner). It snowed on the way up but on the way back down it was sunny and the Mountain View’s were breath taking!

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked during fall colors - This made the hike up and down spectacular. It also snowed part of our hike to add to the amazing views. The lake is pretty but not very accessible as most of the lake loop trail is in the forest. Definitely do this hike for the colors and the views.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked this trail last weekend of September to see some color changing, and it was beautiful! Mostly yellow at this stage. Moderate at times but overall not difficult at all.
The hike up the mountain before getting to the lake is beautiful and rewarding the whole time. The lake has many areas all around it where you can stop and have lunch or just hang out for a bit. Small sand "beaches" and some nice large rocks to sit on. There were a good amount of people there but it didn't feel crowded because the lake is large and it was easy to find your own spot.

hiking
7 months ago

We hiked this with our 17 month old in our pack and we all loved it going up the switchbacks in the beginning enjoying the views to be rewarded by the lake at the top where we had lunch. Parking at the trailhead is limited so I'd suggest parking at the visitor's parking lot and riding the shuttle up.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike, however I would rate this as "easy"

7 months ago

Did this hike about 6yrs ago. At the trailhead onBear Lake road Tough uphill hike with a lot of switchbacks. Once you get there you will be rewarded with a very nice Lake where I saw a moose with calf coming across the lake. Of course this the one day I forgot my camera!! I understand the trail from Bear Lake to Bierstadt is great as well easier on the legs.

hiking
7 months ago

We did this trail with our 6 year old and she hiked the whole way herself. We had to park about a mile away because it was a weekend, so she logged almost 5 miles. Lots of uphill walking. We hiked here on Memorial Day and there was still plenty of snow and mud at the top of the climb, along the lake, so we were very muddy by the end of the hike.

7 months ago

Definitely work it. Two hours round trip. Fun trail with two moderately steep inclines over rocky terrain that are part of old stream bed; otherwise, easy gentle incline. passed eight hikers. You will see more around the lake. Rangers have removed all of the dead fall. Went on Friday morning and shuttle lot was nearly full at 10 a.m.

hiking
7 months ago

Moderate incline at the beginning of the hike that steadies out. View at the lake is stunning - absolutely worth a challenging hike! Took the connecting hike to Bear Lake after we saw this one & it was a nice stroll through the woods. Went on a Monday and it was pretty quiet on the trails.

hiking
8 months ago

loved it!

8 months 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.

hiking
8 months 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.

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