Family Weekender: Denver

Bierstadt Lake Trail Rocky Mountain National Park
By Bill Scanlon
  |  Gorp.com
Go Guide: Bierstadt Lake Trail - Rocky Mountain National Park

Activity: Hiking, fishing 

Age Levels: all ages 

Hours from Denver: 1

Getting There: Take U.S. 36 through Boulder, following signs to Estes Park and the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Follow signs to the Bear Lake trailhead.

Contact: http://www.nps.gov/romo
 

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Sure, you've been over Trail Ridge Road, but when was the last time you took the whole family on a hike through gorgeous, breathtaking?

Sky's the limit at
Rocky Mountain National Park

This 1.6-mile trail zigzags up the south side of a moraine, passing several life zones. An aspen forest gives way to lodge pole pines as the trail ascends. From the northwest shore of the lake is a fabulous photo-op: majestic Long's Peak.

The trail is easy or moderate, but very little ones might be asking for a ride on Mom's or Pop's shoulders halfway through. Take this trail in the morning or late afternoon. Midday can be a bit hot.


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