Bierstadt Lake Loop
ElevationAscent: 667' 203 m
Descent: -676' -206 m
High: 9,465' 2,885 m
Low: 8,818' 2,688 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“A classic RMNP loop featuring aspens, glacially sculpted landscapes and a beautiful alpine lake.”— Brian Smith
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.
Follow the mostly flat trail as it circumnavigates this stunningly beautiful lake. During autumn, the vibrant foliage of aspens preparing for winter will be reflected in the lake's still waters - a sight that's not to be missed! As you revel in the beauty around the lake, you'll pass multiple turn-offs for other destinations. If you want to extend your run, consider spurring off on one of the trails. Make sure to consult the Trail Run Project mobile app if considering this option.
For the purpose of this run, stay on the Bierstadt Lake Loop. When you reach the point where you accessed the lake initially, retrace your steps down to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park