Bierstadt Lake Trail
The trail begins a moderate climb to the north through the forest. It continues through a series of switchbacks across the open south facing slopes of Glacier Basin. You get great views of Longs Peak to the south and Hallett Peak to the southwest. There are a lot of aspens sprinkled over the hillsides that are especially beautiful in the fall. As you climb higher, Glacier Creek and Sprague Lake come into view below. The climb is moderately strenuous but the views are well worth it.
Once on top of the ridge you again enter a lodgepole pine forest. It is a short walk to the junction with the Bierstadt Loop Trail and the end of this trail. The loop trail travels around the lake offering access to the lake via spur trails. Horses are not permitted near the lake. There is a hitch rack a short distance down the loop trail.
The Bierstadt Loop Trail is a trail that travels around Bierstadt Lake. It is about a mile in length, all level walking. It is part of a complex of trails called the Bear-Mill-Bierstadt Loop Trails. You can access this loop via the Upper Bierstadt Moraine Trail on the east, the Bierstadt Lake Trail on the south, and the Bear Lake-Mill Creek Trail on the west. The Bear Lake-Mill Creek Trail is connected to the loop trail via two trails, one from the southwest (closer to Bear Lake) and one from the northwest (closer to Mill Creek). The loop trail is easy to walk and intersects numerous spur trails leading to Bierstadt Lake. There are two horse hitch racks along this trail. There is one on the north side and the other on the south side.
|Length:||1.04 miles (1.68 kilometers)|
|8,907' - 9,494'|
|Elevation change:||587 feet|
|Season:||Jun 1 - Nov 1|
|USGS maps:||Longs Peak, McHenrys Peak|
No pets are permitted
|Suitable for mountain bikes:||No (not permitted)|
|Suitable for horses:||Yes (not permitted near the lake)|
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