Bierstadt Lake, Photo Gallery, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Bierstadt Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park’s landscape has been shaped by the cyclical growth, recession and reconstitution of glaciers over many millennia. Glacial movement grinds the land beneath it, depositing till on its margins that accumulate on ridges called moraines. Bierstadt Lake fills a shallow depression in a lateral moraine north of the Bear Lake Road corridor. A moderately steep climb on well-crafted switchbacks leads from Bear Lake Road through open hillsides to a heavily wooded moraine-top and Bierstadt Lake. A one mile loop trail continues around the lake with numerous access points and stunning panoramas of the Continental Divide throughout.

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