Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 338 reviews
#15 of 185 trails in

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
626 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

5 days ago

Perfect winter hike. Lots of cross country skiers and snow shoes. We hiked in our hiking boots, well packed snow. Wear lots of layers.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this on 10/22. Parking is limited, but pretty sure the trail is accessible from another (Bear Lake) lot further down the road. We had a limited amount of time so this was perfect. I would consider this more of an out and back trail, than a loop. The first mile zig zags immediately UP a dirt path. There is zero tree cover, so you might want a hat. You are rewarded with stunning views looking out towards Longs Peak during the entire ascent. It’s not too difficult, but we did see a woman turn back because of her knees. It’s a good quick workout that leads you quite suddenly into a dense forest at the top — for a short trek to the lake. Overall, two different experiences on one trail. We probably missed the best views because we didn’t go around the lake (the loop part of the trail.) So I’d recommend doing that. But as mentioned, exquisite views the whole way up and down! (See photos) I’d definitely do this again, and allow more time to explore the lake and connecting trails! (I might add that a few in our group did this successfully in gym shoes, but there was ice in the woods and lots of snow around the lake.)

trail running
1 month ago

10/28/18 Went out first thing in the morning. Gorgeous views on the climb up to the lake. Couldn’t really run the first portion due to the climb but no biggie since the elevation and incline alone is a great workout.

1 month ago

Beautiful fall hike (10/27/18) with great views. Don't worry - there actually is a lake at the end

1 month ago

Great hike (Sat) Oct 26. This was a great choice for a cool Fall day. The hike up would be brutally hot in the summer. The lake is gorgeous. We chilled out and drank some coffee and just enjoyed the gorgeous view. We hiked around the lake and then added on 1-1/2 miles on another trail for fun since this was a relatively short and easy hike. All uphill at the beginning with beautiful views of the mountains. We arrived around 9am and there were three parking spaces at the Bierstadt TH which was awesome because we were an hour later than we planned and there was no parking at Glacier Gorge (as usual) when you show up after 7:30-8am.

hiking
2 months ago

An incredibly rewarding hike. Took about two hours there and back; beautiful range of scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

This was my first trail & I loved it! definitely a good workout & we stopped at a couple switchbacks, but overall this trail made me fall in love with the hike!

2 months ago

The fall colors are amazing on this hike!

2 months ago

Nice hike. I recommend starting from bear lake and doing the loop around to Bierstadt trail head. This will reduce the cloning significantly. The lake is pretty and hike is easy if you do this route. The views are great in the fall.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely quite the trek going up, the switchbacks were a little difficult as I hadn’t adjusted to the altitude yet. Great views of the park on the way up. Once at the top there are a lot of options to go to other areas such as bear lake and Hollowell Park. The lake has ducks that are super friendly and cute, and it is a super scenic lake, very peaceful.

hiking
4 months ago

The hike up was more than I anticipated but definitely worth it. I hung out at the lake and made friends with a duck. It was a beautiful midweek day and passed less than ten other adults. Didn’t see anyone younger than a teenager. I wouldn’t bring kids on this hike if you’re doing it from the main trailhead. Too steep and narrow for kids in my opinion!

hiking
4 months ago

The trail was nice until the day's weather decided to turn on us and we were hailed off of the mountain. Fantastic thunderstorm. Will have to try to complete this trail again sometime. The kids enjoyed it before the thunder started rolling!

Even though the heavy weather was rolling in as we were headed back to the trailhead, people were still climbing the ridge! I am guessing that most of these folks were from out of town....people die every year in Rocky from lightening strikes. The weather, hiking etiquette and the 10 essentials need to be taken seriously.

hiking
4 months 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.

4 months ago

Loved every minute!

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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.

4 months 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
4 months 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!

4 months ago

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

4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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.

5 months ago

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

5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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.

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