Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 175 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
652 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

lake

views

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
3 days 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.

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10 days ago

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

17 days 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
17 days 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.

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17 days ago

23 days 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.

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25 days 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.

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1 month ago

loved it!

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1 month ago

1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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.