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Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily 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.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 626 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Lake

Views

Wildlife

Over grown

Rocky

No dogs

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Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day.

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Bri Melton
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Hiking

Great little trail. It’s not easy getting up, but not too hard either. A great view!

Elizabeth H.
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Hiking

pretty hike! less traveled and perfect for early morning. loved my morning sitting by the lake with beautiful views.

Eric Vacek
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This review is for the Bierstadt Lake loop trail. Great distance for families at 3.75 miles round trip. The 1st mile is all uphill tho so there is challenge. Great views the whole way & the forest then lake are AWESOME!

Alana R.
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Hiking

Really wonderful! Smells like sage. Got here at 4 pm and it was pretty empty. Beautiful views. The actual lake was pretty buggy, so we took pics and got out. Clear signage and overall just so nice! Very different than emerald lake area in a good way!

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Steven Gilbertson
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Enjoyed the climb. A well groomed trail with enough incline to keep it interesting.

Jerrid H.
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Hiking

From Bear Lake, it's 30 minutes uphill (300 feet gain), an hour or so level around the lake (be sure to take the short inlet paths for lake views), and 30 minutes steeply downhill via switchbacks. Moist and cool today, mostly shaded. Great meadow and valley views from the switchbacks. The shuttle bus enables this one-way route with a pickup at Bierstadt trailhead.

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Sofia Bevarly
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Hiking

Great leg burner! Very uphill, but so worth it when you get to the lake!

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Carson Carby
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Did this yesterday (6/13/2020) We were not expecting this short trail to pack a punch like it did but those switchbacks are no joke! However we did it in direct sunlight and I think it would have been less intense if we had done it earlier or on a cloudy day. I may have gotten a little sunburn because of it. But the few switchbacks at the beginning were 100% worth the views of the lake and the mountains. Absolutely stunning little hike. We unfortunately had to leave early as a storm was rolling in and we didn’t want to be caught up there. But we loved this hike and will recommend it to others. Oh and beware, there are plenty of mosquitoes by the lake- would highly recommend bug repellent!

Ariella Wells
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Hiking

6/9 Tuesday arrived at noon. got the last spot in parking lot. amazing views. switchbacks with steady incline. not a ton of people.

Megan Yang
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful trail! Some incline at the beginning of the trail but evens out around the lake. Not a lot of shade going up but it was an overcast day for us (hiked 6/10). You have to have a reservation to enter the RMNP. Reservations can be made online. I went around 1:30pm and it was not busy. Parking is limited at the Bierstadt trailhead (like only 10 spots), so I parked at Bear Lake shuttle parking and took the shuttle to the trailhead. I recommend this trial to see pretty views of the mountains and lake!

Ken Sandberg
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Hiking

Lake is beautiful w snow capped mountains in the background. Some very nice views of RMNP and Sprague lake along the way.

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Cody John
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Hiking

Amazing trail but pretty challenging! Beautiful lake at the end with mountain views. Would highly recommend!

Alexis Kubic
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Hiking

Wow!!!! Beautiful view for not a ton of effort. It’s not easy per se, but it’s definitely not hard and the view at the lake is amazing! We went on a Sunday at about 2:15, and the trail wasn’t very crowded, but they were limiting the number of cars able to get to the trailhead.

Tammy Counts
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Hiking

Definately recommend going from Bear to Bierdstat as it was all down hill. The trail from the lake to Bierdstat TH was a very steep downhill. No shade. I was glad to be going down and not up. Take time to look in the trees, as there is some pretty cool shaped ones.

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Magpie Magpie
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Hiking

Perfect hike for a family with small kids. Great views.

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Kelly Kuwitzky
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Hiking

This trail was open and not too busy after RMNP reopened.

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Shane White
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HikingRocky

Hiked this day of re-opening in mid-afternoon. You effectively hike up the mountainside with constant switchbacks. The snow-capped mountains are to your left the entire time you hike as the terrain is low brush. I agree with the "moderate" rating; the good news is that the incline is steady but not drastic. Plenty of spots to take a break. Once at the top, it levels off into dense forest where you can hike to the lake itself. We did the lake loop, taking advantage of the short trail that takes you directly lakeside where we happened upon two moose drinking and feeding on grasses! This is an excellent hike.

David Spates
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Abi Weast
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A great way to get your exercise for sure. Some steep parts some flat parts. A great easy-medium trail. Recommend spikes for your shoes to get some traction in the snow

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Devon Dibona
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Nicholas Cunningham
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Jorge Lopez
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Alex Truelove
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HikingSnow

Snow was mostly packed, saw a couple hikers wearing micro-spikes. I’m glad we brought snowshoes for some sections with deeper snow. Unfortunately, our visibility was limited once we reached the lake, couldn’t see the mountains but the lake itself was striking

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