Family Weekender: Denver

Bierstadt Lake Trail Rocky Mountain National Park
By Bill Scanlon
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.



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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