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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Bierstadt Lake Loop

September 29th, 2015 · No Comments

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Eight years ago I figured out how to enjoy the fall color on the Bierstadt Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park without having to make a steep climb. I’ve been doing it ever since — once every four years.

This Friday my friend Sharon and I returned and were blessed with a crystal clear day. It was also a rare day in the mountains with utterly no wind.

Because we knew that later in the day the parking lot at the popular Bear Lake Trailhead would be full, we made sure to arrive close to sunrise. As a result, when we skirted around Bear Lake en route to Bierstadt Lake, we got there during the golden hour and stopped to check out the view.

A Bear Lake Reflection

A Bear Lake Reflection

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From Bear Lake at 9,475 feet an easy trail leads through a mixed forest of spruce, fir, and lodgepole pine about two miles to Bierstadt Lake at 9,476 feet. After eating our picnic lunches at the lake, I asked Sharon to pose before the scene. After looking in vain for a big rock or stump in the right place in the foreground to anchor the scene, I told her that she was better than either of them.

​Sharon at Bierstadt Lake

Sharon at Bierstadt Lake

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The lakes are beautiful, but what took us to the Rocky Mountains in late September was the fall color. We found it on the steep one-mile hike from Bierstadt Lake about 600 feet down Bierstadt Moraine.

​Hiking Through Turning Aspens

Hiking Through Turning Aspens

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Some Fall Color in Colorado

Some Fall Color in Colorado

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When we reached the Bierstadt Lake Trailhead, we arrived back on the road to Bear Lake. But we were about 3 miles from the car. Taking the park’s free shuttle bus back to the Bear Lake Trailhead solved that problem and completed our loop hike.

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