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The Loch Lake Trail

MODERATE 75 reviews
#10 of 106 trails in

The Loch Lake Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

6.1 miles 1059 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. Once we saw the water careening down the canyon so freely, We decided to hop over to the opposite side of the stream and scale rocks and ledges most of the way to capture most of the beautiful shots that we were able to. Once you make your way to The Loch, you will experience some of the pristine beauty that the Rocky Mountains hold. It was amazingly breathtaking to see the canyon and surroundings once we got there! You can get a view of a Andrew's Glacier.

4 days ago

BEAUTIFUL hike! The loch is great. There are multiple waterfalls on the way up.

hiking
9 days ago

AMAZING! parking lot was 1/2 full when we got there at 530am.. weather can change rapidly... be ready! dress accordingly and bring all proper supplies. We got to THE LOCH around 730am... temp was still in the 30s

10 days ago

Awesome trail. Great views along the way, but once you get to the Loch it is breathtaking.

hiking
13 days ago

Moderate hike that gets slightly less crowded the farther you go, but still has a good amount of traffic. Saw an elk herd resting at Loch Lake. Trail very well maintained with pretty decent coverage. Beautiful views of Taylor Peak. Seemed to be a fair amount of fishermen. You can continue on to get to Sky Pond or Andrew's Glacier.

hiking
17 days ago

Amazing

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19 days ago

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25 days ago

Really lovely hike and a good distance, we did this and tacked on another 1 mile (total) to see Mills Lake as well. Loch is very beautiful, and if you walk out onto the rocky point (instead of taking the trail around to the right) you can sit out and enjoy the view with the lake wrapped around 180 degrees. The last mile or so you can really feel the incline, so be ready for that!

hiking
27 days ago

Terrific views - pretty rocky, have good shoes and be prepared for some incline work. Reward waiting for you at the top - as the lake is really quite lovely!

hiking
29 days ago

Fantastic hike with spectacular views along the way, and the loch was a great place to hang out for the afternoon. We hiked with our four kids (8,6,4,1- in backpack) and they did well. The Loch has spectacular views, many places to spread out, and saw some fishing as well. Even on a busy Saturday it did not feel crowded, although the trails were busy.

hiking
29 days ago

What a great hike!!!

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite mountain lake I've hiked to thus far! Large lake with tons of areas to sit and enjoy Mother Nature to the fullest. Lots of people were fishing. There were a few elk that decided to take a swim :)

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful and very well marked. Tip about anti bug very useful.
We took our 7,5,3 (on my back) and they did very well.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Amazing views, top of my list of scenic hikes. We started at 5am parking at Glacier Gorge Trailhead was pretty full. Easy hike took us 2 hours to get there. Make sure you bring mosquito repellent, otherwise they will chase you up the trail :)

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful trail! First time to hike in Estes Park and we thoroughly enjoyed this one. We took the trail to Alberta Falls then continued on to Loch. It was a great morning hike, we were finished by the time it started to get busy.

2 months ago