Hiking Bierstadt Lake Loop has been on by list for a while now. Each time I am in Rocky Mountain National Park I drive past the trailhead on my way to Bear Lake Trailhead or Glacier Gorge Trailhead. I often think I need to check this out sooner or later. In August of 2021 my husband and I had been hiking and jeeping for a few days. After he flew home I decided Bierstadt Lake Loop would be the perfect solo hiking trail for me.
Bierstadt Lake is located in Rocky Mountain National Park just minutes East of Estes Park. Follow Moraine Avenue out of town and you will find the entrance. From there, follow the signs to Bear Lake Road and turn right. The Bierstadt Lake Trailhead is about 8 miles from the turn and on the right side of the road. It is well marked. There are few parking places here so you may want to park at the Park and Ride and take the bus.
Bierstadt Lake can also be accessed from the Park and Ride area and Bear Lake.
Hiking Up the Trail
The hike to Bierstadt Lake Loop is a lollipop trail (an out and back trail with a loop in the middle). It is about 3.2 miles. The trail is generally easy to hike on with mostly packed dirt and steps. However, the trail continuously inclines with switchbacks for about a mile. In spite of this, as incline hiking goes, this is not too bad of a trail. As a matter of fact, It is a very pretty hike starting out with a walk through the forest.
Shortly after you will be rewarded with views of the mountains and plenty of wildflowers. It was hazy from wildfires the day I was there but still very beautiful.
You will come across a sign that points out the lake trail. You can go either left or straight. I decided to go straight. Even though there is a trail, there are many paths around the lake and that you can follow all the way around. Hiking around Bierstadt Lake Loop was very peaceful, in fact, I saw very few people around the lake. I felt the far side was much prettier and wondered if I should have taken a left turn at the loop instead of a right.
Although hiking the Bierstadt Lake Loop trail was not my most adventurous or thrilling hike I still enjoyed it. It was the last day of my trip so it was a good wind down for the week. I will be posting more of our hiking and jeeping adventures from our August trip over the next week or so.
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