- Distance: 2.8 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain: 566 feet
- Trail Type: Out and Back, Moderate
Bierstadt Lake is named after Albert Bierstadt, an artist who admired the lake in the 1870s. It's a hidden gem in the Bear Lake Corridor of the park! This lake sits atop a forested moraine, a ridge composed of material left behind thousands of years ago by receding glaciers. It is a shallow lake that holds melting snow and rainwater – no streams flow in or out. Be on the lookout for lily pads, amphibians, waterfowl, and mosquitos!
It is a steep climb up from the trailhead via switchbacks, but the fantastic views of the Continental Divide are worth it. To the right of the the lake, you'll get a classic view of snow-capped mountains. On a calm day the peaks are reflected in the water.
Help keep wildlife wild. Never approach or feed wildlife. Animals that learn people are a source of food can become aggressive or stop hunting or foraging on their own. Keep your distance - it's the law! You could be hurt or issued a fine.
Last updated: November 10, 2020