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Great hike, not too long

My son and I did this hike over the weekend. We were headed up to bear lake but the snow pack was... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
Churchville, Maryland
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Stunning views from lake

We did this gorgeous hike in early October, 2017. There was some snow and ice on the trail in... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2018
Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

My son and I did this hike over the weekend. We were headed up to bear lake but the snow pack was already pretty good and the roads were covered and packed down enough that I wasn’t chancing getting stuck with a rental minivan. On...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018

We did this gorgeous hike in early October, 2017. There was some snow and ice on the trail in places but we were able to negotiate the areas with hiking boots and hiking poles. The trail from Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake was wooded and...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank BobbinAlong52
Reviewed July 29, 2018

Funny to see people saying things like "easy" referring to the switchback climb. If you're not used to it, it can be a bit tough but the views are definitely worth it. If you can push yourself or are used to elevation gain climbs, then...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank K S
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Really enjoyed this hike but its definitely a moderate hike. You climb like 600ft in the first mile with alot of switchbacks on uneven ground. Think hiking where you have to watch where you put your feet while walking or you will trip. Now that...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank SteelCity13
Reviewed June 3, 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank VFerguson81
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

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Jean R
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

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank pingaroo
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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Becky C
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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank stephen g
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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank John V
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