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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  • The lake is accessible either from the Park and Ride lot or the small parking lot at the Trailhead. Either way it’s about 1.6miles and a moderate hike. We didn’t encounter too many people which was...  more »
  • We are not seasoned hikers, but do enjoy the CO outdoors and this hike was great! We took our 2 teenagers who were patient in waiting for me while I caught my breath and took pictures on the way up.....  more »
  • Amazing place saw a moose and two very friendly ducks!
  • It's as kitschy as the paintings of the namesake, i.e. beautiful. Also, it's not as close to a parking lot as e.g. Bear Lake, so you won't drown in tourists.
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