Sky Pond Trail

HARD 159 reviews

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 accessible from June until September.

8.4 miles 1833 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Take Hwy.36 out of Estes Park to RMNP entrance,then go to Bear Lake Rd.,drive it to Glacier Gorge Th.

17 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

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.

hiking
27 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

Excellent views

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

Enjoy!