Andrews Glacier Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible from July until October.
Take Hwy. 36 out of Estes Park to the RMNP entrance, go to Bear Lake Rd. then take this road to the Glacier Gorge Th.
I loved this hike! Although it was cold and extremely windy, my gf and I had an awesome time. Tons of amazing views throughout. We'll be back!
This was haaaard for the last mile with scrambling across boulders and then a very steep incline for a final push to the top. That said, overall it's a stunning hike that passes the Loch. Once past there the people thin out and you almost have the trail to your self.
This trail is one of the handful of forks along the Glacier Gorge Trail. Past Loch Lake, follow the sign to Andrew Glacier on the right. I did this trail on the way back from Sky Pond and Lake of Glass, so was not full of energy to complete the trail. It begins within a pine forest and quickly opens up above treeline and into the exposed rock faces of the surrounding mountains. Following the trail here can get tricky as there is only the occasional cairn marking the way and the rocks aren't always flat and don't create an obvious path. My breathing sped up and endurance slowed down quickly as the trail grew steadily more steep. The first glacier you see is on the left across the basin. This is Taylor Glacier. It is here that I decided to turn around. The trail continued up and over a rock wall that looked too daunting for me. I couldn't see over the wall but knew that Andrew Glacier was there. This is a difficult trail especially if you encompass other trails with it first. I'd advise hiking this first if you want to be able to finish it.
Wow!! Wonderful and challenging trail. Boulders , boulders , and more boulders . Loved it
This was a great hike today. We went up the glacier and across Flat Top for an 11 mile loop that started and ended at the Bear Lake Trailhead. We had poles to use and they helped although didn't slide on the glacier. Windy and chilly up top but wow...the views. We hiked over to Chaos Canyon and looked down that.
Fantastic! We did this in two days. Started at bear lake, and hiked to Andrews Creek campsite. Spent the night there. And loved it. One big drawback was a giant amount of mosquitos. Bring LOTS of bug repellent if you plan to stay at this campsite.
We hiked from the campsite to andrews glacier and then climbed the glacier too. We came prepared with ice axes and crampons, which made it pretty easy to climb the glacier. I do not recommend trying to ascend here without at LEAST microspikes.
We then climbed from the top of the glacier up through the tundra to the summit of mount otis.
This was an amazing hike. Very strenuous and i do not recommend if you are out if shape. The distance from the campsite to the peak is about two miles and two THOUSAND feet elevation gain. That isban extremely steep ascent.... Much more than a mere hike!
Not as tough or lengthy as Longs Peak though.
Every bit worth it though! I give this one 5 stars!
-- also... In regard to the reviewer below me:
1: $26 for a backpacking fee is cheap!.. Thats $26 for as many nights as u want... And as big a group as you want. We had 5 ppl for 3 nights.. Thats less than $2 per person per night!
2: get a national park pass to use the park and u can have as many entries as you want to any park. Thats a bargain.
3: if you are complaining about nature costing money... Who do you think naintains these parks?... RMNP is one of the best organized and maintained parks Ive been to, ill gladly pay the fee and keep good rangers employed.
Just make sure you are aware there is a $20.00 entry fee, also every patrking lot to every trail was full, so get there before 9 am. Keep in mind maybe if you are not backpacking or do not have dogs, park and take the shuttes so people with dogs can actually park and hike. Also this place was a beautiful, but what a scam! Not only did we have to pay $20.00 for n entry pass but it would have been another $26.00 to backpack.... how pathetic that we charge fees for nature...
Loved this trail, We went out with the intent to circle Andrews Glaicer then over to flat top and back to bear lake, but was turned around at the glaicer due to white out conditions.
But we snowshoe in at bear lake TH and went to the locke then onto the glaicer. there is a short cut rgt past the second bridge to the right that you can take and shave about a mile off if you want in the winter. But the trails are hard packed and easy to move one. We camped below the Locke and headed back out the next day. Micro spikes would be good enough most of the way up if you wanted to use them.
Always like hiking in RMNP. Great day for hiking.
Even in a dry year this hike was great. Trail, to skree scrambling, a bit of bouldering, and a final push up a ridge to the glacial tarn at the end. Well worth it. Go early and get down before the afternoon Tstorms though, as you will be exposed past Andrews Meadow, a bit beyond the Sky Pond turn off.
Another great hike from Glacier Gorge Trailhead in RMNP.Go up past the Loch were a trail to the right goes up a valley, through rocks and a a steep hill to the lake below Andrews Glacier. The views of the mountains are awesome. This trail takes you higher in elevation than most trails in the park,excluding the trails to the top of some peaks.
Awesome Trail, there were a lot of trees down on the trail after the split for Sky Pond/Andrews Glacier. Completed it in June, still a lot of snow up to the Glacier. Awesome views the whole way up.