Bierstadt Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

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Bierstadt Lake is located in Larimer County, Colorado and within the Rocky Mountain National Park. Near McHenrys Peak and Longs Peak, there are "spectacular views" of the Continental Divide at the lake. The Bierstadt Lake Trailhead is located about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) from the turn-off at U.S. Route 36 into the Rocky Mountain National Park. During the summer, shuttle buses provide transportation to the trailhead.
The lake sits atop a lateral moraine on the side and end of Bartholf Glacier and drains into Mill Creek. It is named for Albert Bierstadt, a noted landscape artist, whose 1870s paintings of Longs Peak and Bierstadt Lake are among the Denver Art Museum's collection.

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  • I did this hike late in the morning and finding a parking spot was challenging. You can take the part shuttle though. This is a relatively easy hike and the view is well worth the effort. The trail... 
    I did this hike late in the morning and finding a parking spot was challenging. You can take the part shuttle though. This is a relatively easy hike and the view is well worth the effort. The trail...  more »
  • Gorgeous lake but surrounded by marsh and not quite as amazing as Dream and Loch. The hike up was fun but would be difficult if you are not in good condition. 
    Gorgeous lake but surrounded by marsh and not quite as amazing as Dream and Loch. The hike up was fun but would be difficult if you are not in good condition.  more »
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  • We hiked 1.2 miles up to Bierstadt Lake . There were incredible fall colors on the hike up on October 6! Highly recommended. Once you get to the lake it is a pine forest rather than deciduous, so mostly green. It was cloudy and windy, so the lake didn't reflect well, but it was peaceful and calm. The switchbacks can be a bit steep at times, making this a moderate hike. I believe the elevation gain was 500 something ft. You can add more hiking on to other waypoints, or go back down the 1.2 miles.
  • One of my favorite hikes in the park. Get there early for parking. The view at the end is worth every step!

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