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Bierstadt Lake

Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
+1 970-586-1206
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Significant elevation gain, but the view from the top is worth the work!

We hiked up from the Bierstadt Lake parking area and the hike was steep, but the switchbacks made... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
VFerguson81
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Great Views, Lovely Lake

The Bierstadt Lake Trail with its switchbacks is an easy 1.2 mile hike to the lake. The open views... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2018
Jean R
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked up from the Bierstadt Lake parking area and the hike was steep, but the switchbacks made it much easier. The views on the way up are beautiful and worth the work. Be sure to visit the lake when you get to the top...More

Thank VFerguson81
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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

The Bierstadt Lake Trail with its switchbacks is an easy 1.2 mile hike to the lake. The open views of the mountains as you ascend are spectacular. When you reach the top, make the easy around-the-lake hike, and the short spur walk to the lakeshore...More

1  Thank Jean R
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Reviewed February 6, 2018

Bierstadt Lake is 1.6 mi/2.6 km from the Bierstadt Lake trailhead with an elevation gain of 566 ft/173 m. Alternatively, it's 2.5 mi/4 km from the Bear Lake trailhead, which is at roughly the same elevation. You have to climb approx 250 ft/75 m from...More

Thank pingaroo
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Reviewed December 6, 2017

We began this trail at the beaver meadows trailhead, hiking a flat surface for the first mile or two until it started to weave up into higher elevation with heavier snowfall. Snowshoes were absolutely necessary for the second half of the hike through dense forest,...More

Thank Becky C
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Reviewed October 29, 2017

In order to get to this lake you are going to need to hike. It doesn't matter from which direction you go, it will take you uphill each and every way. I would suggest a one-way trip from Bear Lake, it's the least up-hill, and...More

Thank lord-xeon
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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

This is an easy alternative to Bear lake if you want to hike some. The views of Long's Peak are incredible. The route from the actual trailhead can be strenuous with a fair amount of elevation gain. For a nice alternative, park at Bear lake,...More

Thank John V
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

This is a beautiful lake setting which is a little more challenging to reach than others. It is located in the area which has high traffic in the summer and fall weekends. There are several hike choices you can make to go from one location...More

Thank NTSU1975
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Reviewed September 28, 2017

We did the shuttle aided hike -- starting at the Bear Lake trailhead we made our way to Bierstadt Lake via the Flattop Mountain trailhead then down to the Bierstadt Lake trailhead for a total of 3 miles. My husband was carrying our 2.5 year...More

1  Thank rebekah_e_wilson
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Reviewed August 26, 2017

I like this hike, trail is on the rocky side. I recommend hiking down from Bear Lake its down hill. If you start at Bierstadt Trailhead is all switchbacks straight up and in the sun. You can go from Bear Lake to Park and Ride...More

Thank Todd G
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

The views everywhere in RMNP are stunning so it's hard to say what's the "best". I took a hike from eastern portal to bear lake - bierstadt lake - sprague lake - eastern portal and felt bierstadt was the best. If you take the bus...More

Thank bai_andalu
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