“A steadily ascending trail connecting the Bierstadt Lake trailhead to Bierstadt Lake.”
— Brian Smith
Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Given the popularity of this area, visitors are advised to utilize the FREE shuttle system
, rather than driving.
This is an exceedingly popular area. It'd be best to hit this trail either early/lat day or during the off-season.
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!