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.
we did this hike at the end of October. weather was fine until we got to The Loch. then the wind picked up. once we made it over the more scrambly section leading up to the Lake of Glass, the wind and sleet started howling. had to turn back, but we'll definitely be doing it again, maybe on snowshoes. highly recommended.
So awesome! We went early on a Saturday morning (7am) and hardly anyone was there. Lots of parking!However, on the way back down there were a lot of people and parking was very full. The hike it's self was awesome! Quite a bit of icy spots so bring stabilizers. Most of the hike is pretty easy, but the last few miles up to the lake are a climb. So beautiful! One of my favorite hikes to date.
Trail is well maintained. Once on the trail crowds were not a problem. The views were spectacular as well as some of the waterfalls and rivers along the way. The climb up from the waterfall was a little dicey with ice and snow, but was manageable still late in the year (early nov). One suggestion is getting to the parking lot early, as later in the morning you may not be able to find parking. This trail is highly recommended, and in case you don't want to go all the way there are some great waypoints to admire and turn around at. Hike away!
Great trail! Note it's about 9.4m out and back. Would rate as moderate up to the bottom of the falls. Bit of a scramble up, but it's very doable, short and well worth the effort. Super windy up top. The trail connecting the top lakes isn't hard but can be very cold if you're not dressed right.
Awesome trail!! The top gets a bit hard.. straight up climbing, was lots of ice and snow.. but worth it at the top.. I ran 90% of this trail.. really well marked.. definitely worth going to mill pond as well.. gorgeous!
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!