Not a bad way to start off the morning! The trail started off in a wooded area, not too strenuous.
After a short ways, the trail opens up to a beautiful mountain range. A good portion of the hike is along the mountainside. The trail gets pretty narrow at times with rocks & tree roots clogging up the path and a steep drop-off to your left. It does become somewhat strenuous at points and is not a flat walk. It is gorgeous though.
After maybe an hour of this kind of hiking, we hit the forest again and walked another 30 minutes or so on a relatively flat and wonderfully shaded & cool path until we reached Bierstadt Lake.
Bierstadt Lake and Lunch Time!
We took a nice break by the edge of the water and had our lunch. We even spotted some elk across the lake :) All in all, it came out to about a 4-mile hike there and back.
Self-Portrait at Bierstadt
On our way back, we passed by this cool tree that was begging for a photo shoot:
Rocky Mountains, even though you eventually rained us out and sent a thunderstorm that almost ripped our tent out of the ground, we loved every minute! Hope to return :)