"hike to Bierstadt Lake" Top 5 Page for this destination Rocky Mountain National Park Things to Do Tip by richiecdisc

Rocky Mountain National Park Things to Do: 139 reviews and 308 photos

  breakfast at Bierstadt
by richiecdisc
  • breakfast at Bierstadt - Rocky Mountain National Park
      breakfast at Bierstadt
    by richiecdisc
  • reflective Bierstadt Lake early AM - Rocky Mountain National Park
      reflective Bierstadt Lake early AM
    by richiecdisc

With my love of beer and all things German, it is no wonder that Bierstadt Lake was a favorite of mine. Unfortunately, it's a favorite of many people including renowned German-American landscape painter Albert Bierstadt who captured it in numerous works. It is very accessible so again an early morning visit is best.

We stopped here very early the last morning of our two-night backcountry trip. It was where we had our last breakfast, a befitting finale to 27 nights spent in the backcountry of US National Parks in 2008. It's too pretty and accessible for the park to have a campground here or we might have chosen this as our last night too.

Directions: Bierstadt Lake can most easily be reached from its namesake trailhead just off Bear Lake Road on a 1.4 mile hike that climbs 550 feet. It is quite central and can be reached via other trails like the one from Bear Lake Trailhead.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Dec 23, 2009
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“fairy tales can come true...”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 0 9

Have you been to Rocky Mountain National Park?

  Share Your Travels