Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake – when Colette is away, the kids must play.
We picked through good snowshoe options, and Tom picked Bierstadt Lake from the Bear Lake trailhead. Since the Bear Lake area is the most popular area in Rocky Mountain National Park, we knew that we might not get a parking spot and picked Bierstadt from the Park n Ride area as a backup plan.
Luckily, the weather turned south as we got closer to the Bear Lake area, and people without gear were leaving in droves. Huge, fat, fluffy snowflakes falling makes for great photos and fun outdoor time.
Through the Snow
20 minutes up the trail, the snow stops falling and the skies clear up – nice! This trail has very little traffic in the winter, and we had solitude for the most part.
At Bierstadt, we dug a deep snow pit, fired up the JetBoil and spent over an hour relaxing and enjoying our spot out of the wind.
All Dug In
Making our way across Bierstadt Lake, with a storm sweeping across Hallett Peak and Otis Peak in the background.
Get the Shot
Powder and Rock
We watched the storms blow over Hallett Peak and the west side of the Bear Lake area, and by the time we made it back down to the lake the wind was whipping ice chunks and generally causing havoc.
Just the right amount of exercise and adventure for a Saturday in the Park!