Bierstadt Lake Trail (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Updated on December 27, 2011 by Mary Norton
Trail Length2.4 miles round trip
Rocky Mountain National Park offers so many hiking trails that you will be sure to get on at least one that really has it all!! The Bierstadt Lake trail is uphill to the top (1.2 miles). The gradual uphill climb is a workout, but well worth every switchback.
There are fabulous views all the way. Rocky peaks, Aspen groves, grassy hills, wild flowers and at the end of the trail, a small lake.
The best part of this hike is that the lake is the perfect habitat for moose to hang out. We were fortunate enough to be there at the right time – a female moose was feeding on the grass in the lake. What a treat!!
Restrooms available at trailhead.
The Lake at the end of the trail offers the best picnic area around. Views, water and wildlife!
DirectionsClick on Map Below. Hwy 36 goes right into the park at the Beaver Meadows Entrance (Visitor Center is a good stop to make too). From there you will get a map and follow Bear Lake Road to the Bierstadt Lake Trailhead. Begin your hike here.
AttractionsPoppy's Pizza is highly recommended. http://poppyspizzaandgrill.com/ You can sit on the patio along the Big Thompson River or inside in the spacious restaurant. We really enjoyed the smoked trout and olive oil garlic pizza. [Located in downtown Estes Park. 342 East Elkhorn Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517 ]
About Mary Norton, Contributor of this Hike
Mary grew up here, so she knows all the best places to go! With a family of 6 children and no lack of enthusiasm for the outdoors, Mary is well qualified to give you tips and hike spots that will challenge you as well as delight your whole family. Whether you have kids, dogs, or are just looking to enjoy nature by yourself, Mary will show you where to go to find what you are looking for.