Bierstadt Lake is a gorgeous spot in Rocky Mountain National Park. In a quick 1.2 miles, hikers will reach the lake and experience some fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. The loop trail around the lake is around .8 miles, and can be added on to any route to the lake.
Elevation: 9,466 Feet (2,885 m)
Distance: 2.4 Miles (3.86 km)
Elevation Gain: 675 feet (205.7 m)
Duration: 1-2 hours
Bierstadt Lake Trail
This is the most common route to Bierstadt lake. 1.2 miles from trailhead to the lake, this trail quickly rises 675 feet in elevation. The trail features really great views of Tyndall Gorge, Bear Lake Road, and the surrounding mountains. The trail switchbacks for the majority of the elevation gain, making it relatively simple.
Bear Lake Trailhead
Hikers may also choose to ascend to the lake via Bear Lake. This is a less common approach, but still quite nice. This trail is 1.5 miles to the lake and features a less elevation gain as you are starting at a higher elevation than Bierstadt Lake. This trail does ascend and descend, so the overall elevation gain is very close.
From Bear Lake Shuttle Park & Ride
Hikers for this route begin at the shuttle parking for the bear lake trailhead. This route is 1.4 miles to the lake from the trailhead. This is a great option during the busy season, when you would like to avoid the shuttle system.
If you are into beautiful lakes, there are many other gorgeous options only a short distance away. Many elect to also travel to the end of Bear Lake Road and hike to Bear Lake, Dream Lake & Emerald Lake, all featuring unique and beautiful views. If you are looking for a little more difficulty, access to Flattop Mountain from Bierstadt Lake is possible, or traveling to the other lakes mentioned above.
This is a great winter hike. The switchbacks make the elevation gain manageable. Traction is always recommended. Snowshoes are commonly needed during deep snow times.
Directions & Parking
To Bierstadt Lake Trailhead:
To Shuttle Park and Ride:
Here is the detailed weather for Bierstadt Lake over the next 4 days:
Estes Park, CO
A slight chance of rain showers before 9am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 3pm and 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. West southwest wind 9 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Mostly clear, with a low around 51. West wind 8 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 8 to 16 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 53. West wind around 6 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. West southwest wind around 6 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Chance of precipitation is 30%.