Bear Lake Trailhead: Bierstadt Lake Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Four main trails service Bierstadt Lake. Bear Lake Trailhead is an easier, longer option because the trailhead is slightly higher than the subalpine lake destination. So instead of heading up and away, you can treat yourself to a gradual descent with a worthy reward. The up part can come at the end this time.
From the Bear Lake Trailhead, follow the masses past the entrance to the Bear Lake hikes. Of all the paths at this trailhead, this one is the easiest to find—being a popular winter cross-country skiing trail, it’s marked with orange fluorescent squares. From here, follow the Flattop Mountain Trail, which heads to Odessa Lake, for approximately 0.4 mile to the intersection of Bierstadt Lake Trail."