Sky Pond Trail is a 8.4 mile heavily 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, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from June until September.
Take Hwy.36 out of Estes Park to RMNP entrance,then go to Bear Lake Rd.,drive it to Glacier Gorge Th.
Very cold and windy at the lake but great views. We thought lake of glass was sky pond at first but it's a short easy walk once you get to glass. Slick, and icy for last tenth mile to glass lake and climbing up the rocks at the end was dangerous.
What an awesome hike! A good snowfall the day before made the last bit particularly interesting...navigating a boulder field under two feet of snow is something! Be ready with poles to poke your way along, and spikes would be helpful for the climb up the falls. Getting there was a gorgeous trip though, especially around The Loch.
Also worth noting is that the park and ride shuttle is off for the season, so go early if you want parking at the glacier gorge trailhead. It's .4 miles longer if you start from Bear Lake.
Incredible hike. Started around 10:30 and finished around 4.
As most people have stated in their reviews, it does get hard at the end of the trail. It is essentially rock climbing in the snow at this point in the season. Most people with out any sort of spikes on their shoes were turning around at this point. Overall was an awesome hike, would highly recommend this trail.
Highly recommend this hike. amazing scenery and a great workout! Just remember it does get difficult and you will be there for 6 hours or more. pack water and food and be prepared. It will be worth it.
Really beautiful hike. Make sure you're going to have the energy to get down the rock wall on the way back. Almost had a rock kicked onto my head. The valley between Lake of Glass and sky pond was particularly beautiful.
Hands down the best hike of my summer! The trail is clear to follow until you get to the waterfall at which point you will definitely need to be in good enough condition to do a bit of climbing.
Once you get to the top you won't even believe what you're seeing is real.
And start around 7-730am and the trail will be all yours.
Arrived around 8:20am at RMNP on a Thursday and there were plenty of spots left at the Bear Lake entrance. To get to Sky Pond you go past Alberta falls. There is a V that you will come up on with Mills Lake and Black Lake to the left and The Loch Lake and Mirror Lake to the right. You hit The Loch lake first and it is beautiful. Once you continue up the trail you will hit Timberline falls- also an amazing view. Then you go up a steep incline of stairs (boulders) to get to Mirror lake. Sky Pond is about a quarter mile past Mirror and worth it. We stopped at Mills on the way down and our trip was 12 miles round trip! I have posted pictures! No snow on the ground yet. The aspens are yellow and are beautiful. Be advised there are quite a few steep inclines.
Great hike! So beautiful. It has a lot to offer, awesome views, rock scrambling, great photo ops. It was long (more like 10mi RT), but definitely worth it!
Great hike but it was rough due to weather. Cold, a light snow and the last scramble was a bit icy . Need to try it earlier and push that extra star.
One of my favorite in RMNP. Two lakes and two waterfalls for your effort. Moose and elk possible along the trail. Nice gradual ascent with a bit of a scramble at the end.
BEAUTIFUL hike! The loch is great. There are multiple waterfalls on the way up. The top one you have to climb to get to Sky Pond. But totally worth it!
One of my favorite hikes in CO!!!!! Entire hike is beautiful from start to finish, especially in the fall with the Aspen leaves changing!!! Highly recommend!!
So beautiful. Started a little late and almost got caught in a thunderstorm.... try to be off the top and coming back down by noon!
Great views the whole way, and an easy hike up until the last bit.
Took the horse trail at the entrance of the Bear Lake TH (rather than Glacier Gorge TH) because there is more parking and you start going downhill (instead of uphill) to connect to trail. Pretty heavy traffic, especially before Alberta Falls. Moderate hike with slippery rock scramble to get up to Glass Lake, keep going to get to Sky Pond. Awesome views, but got stuck in some hiking lines.
Awesome hike! Can become demanding towards the end. Have to climb a waterfall. But great views and a gorgeous pond await.
Totally epic. I hit the trail w. my headlamp at 5:15am, plenty of spots at the trailhead, and had the lake to myself! This ended up being about 10miles roundtrip. At the top of the precarious scramble up Timberline Falls, that's not Sky Pond..keep going! Gorgeous views the whole way. Highly recommend.
Great Hike will do again