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Bierstadt Lake Trail

 3.8 (5)

1.0 Miles 1.7 Kilometers


74%

Runnable

625' 191 m

Ascent

0' 0 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

9,443' 2,878 m

High

8,818' 2,688 m

Low

Shared By Brian Smith

Conditions


Minor Issues 98 days ago
Snowy, Mostly Dry - Dry until the loop around the lake, but lake is unfrozen and beautiful History

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A steadily ascending trail connecting the Bierstadt Lake trailhead to Bierstadt Lake.

Brian Smith

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Given the popularity of this area, visitors are advised to utilize the FREE shuttle system, rather than driving.

Runner Notes

This is an exceedingly popular area. It'd be best to hit this trail either early/lat day or during the off-season.

Description

From the parking area at the Bierstadt Lake TH, follow the well-marked and well-traveled trail through a series of switchbacks as it ascends the southern aspect of the moraine. Enjoy the constantly changing scenery as you wander through mixed forest over glacially shaped topography.

The higher you climb, the better the views get! Eventually, you'll emerge at the top of the moraine and a junction with Bierstadt Lake Loop Trail. You can pick whether to turn left or right, but both options will lead you back to this very junction. The other option is to simply turn around and retrace your steps down the Bierstadt Lake Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Pine and aspen groves litter the side of this ancient glacial moraine. In autumn, look for the aspen to be showing off their best outfits!

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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in Bear Lake

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in Bear Lake

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in Colorado

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