Bierstadt Lake Loop

Rocky Mountain National Park

Northern Front Range, Colorado

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Bierstadt Lake Loop


  • A look up from the Bierstadt Lake Trailhead.- Bierstadt Lake Loop
  • A trail along the Bierstadt Lake leads through a wooded section.- Bierstadt Lake Loop
  • Expansive views are visible during certain sections of the Bierstadt Lake hike.- Bierstadt Lake Loop
  • Expansive views are visible during certain sections of the Bierstadt Lake hike.- Bierstadt Lake Loop
  • A section of trail leads you into the forest.- Bierstadt Lake Loop
  • A sign directs you to the proper trail.- Bierstadt Lake Loop
  • There aren't any clear views of the lake from the trail so be sure to go out of your way to take one of the many short paths to the lake.- Bierstadt Lake Loop
  • The loop around Bierstadt Lake is flat and well-maintained through fairly dense woods.- Bierstadt Lake Loop
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Short lake loop hike. Access to many other trails.
Must venture off trail for lake views. Might need to take shuttle to trailhead.
Northern Front Range, CO
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
582.00 ft (177.39 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
3.10 mi (4.99 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,875.00 ft (2,705.10 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description


The loop around Bierstadt Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is a welcome getaway from the more popular and more congested trails accessible from Bear Lake Road. This 3 mile out-and-back loop offers some great views of the Bear Lake Road valley and the surrounding mountains while switchbacking up to the lake.

After taking switchbacks up the open side of the mountain, you'll enter the densely wooded area where the lake sits. If you stay strictly on the loop trail, you'll quickly learn that there are no clear viewpoints of the lake on the trail. However, there are no shortage of quick side routes leading to the lake. The best of which (at least at dusk) is located about 1.5 miles into the hike on the north east side of the lake.

The entire loop around the lake is almost exactly a mile and is virtually flat. If you are looking for a longer hike or hoping to explore the other accessible hikes in the area, there are well marked intersections leading to Mill Creek Basin (1.2 miles), Bear Lake (1.7 miles), and Hollowell Park (2.9 miles).

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