Mill Creek Basin Trail to Bierstadt Lake is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
4 months ago

Parked our car at Hollowell, hiked up this trail to Bierstadt lake and took the Bierstadt Lake trail down to where we could catch a bus back to our car at Hollowell :)
Going up is not the easiest seeing that after passing the meadow, the trail is 90% uphill — including the stretch towards Bierstadt Lake (it flattens out right near the lake).
And even if though the hike up was hard (especially with my asthma), the surroundings were so beautiful. Also, with our specific route, it was so rewarding and relaxing to make it to the lake and then hike completely downhill on the Bierstadt Lake trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this out of Bierstadt Lake yesterday, 5/25/18. Beautiful, easy hike along the stream. Good opportunities for photos. Trail was packed dirt or rocks and was clear to Hollowell. Make sure to watch for the orange trail markers. There are a few places where the trail spiderwebs a bit.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, quiet and easy trail following the creek. Narrow at points, some elevation gain, but nothing too bad at all. A suggestion would be once you hit the end, before you cross the log toward the campsite, take a left and there is a small splitting fall that was pretty interesting, and a little further than that there was another one.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fairly easy if you are half way in shape. It is an uphill climb. Spent the night at the Upper Mill Creek site then visited Bierstadt lake before hiking out.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Beautiful hike along a creek over mostly flat trail which makes it excellent for a family hike with small children. For those who want to make it into a longer hike definitely recommend heading over to Biersdat Lake for gorgeous lake/mountain views on the north east side of lake.

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Easygoing hike/snowshoe. Snow was mostly slushy and often not covering the trail. We tried with our snowshoes at first but had to take them off and stash them. Good winter boots and poles are a must at this time of year.

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Trail leading there from bear lake was relatively difficult. A lot of rocks and inclines/declines. Coming to the basin was very satisfying as you are surrounded by beautiful aspen trees.

backpacking
2 months ago

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

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Saturday, May 14, 2016