Sky Pond Trail is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September.
Take Hwy 36 out of Estes Park to RMNP entrance, then go to Bear Lake Road and take it to Glacier Gorge Trailhead.
Gorgeous spot but hard work to get there. Gaiters, microspikes and snowshoes came in handy. The frozen lakes are remarkable. Can't wait to see what it looks like in the summer time
This makes my top three of favorite hikes in RMNP, and I've hiked just about everything. Beautiful views, a little of everything. Make sure not to stop short when you Lake of Glass and keep going the little bit further to Sky Pond. Beautiful hike.
Absolutely gorgeous. If you're in halfway decent shape and are willing to sweat a bit then you'll enjoy it. Lots of snow and ice (frozen lakes) in the winter, but the trail was clearly marked and lots of people were out enjoying it. Definitely start this hike early in the day.
A very nice hike with several beautiful lakes and the Loch along the way. The last bit up ti Sky Pond gets a bit tricky for some. Do this hike early in the day to avoid the crowds, as it is very popular. On the way back down the trail from the Loch to the parking area was a zoo.
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.