The Loch Lake Trail

MODERATE 103 reviews
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The Loch Lake Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado 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.

5.7 miles 1102 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed this trail about a month ago. It was fairly easy with beautiful scenery. The day I went it was very windy and the lake was frozen. This is a hike I would definitely go on again.

1 month ago

Fun trail! It's been snowing a lot recently so snowshoes were super helpful. Amazing views all throughout the hike. Would definitely recommend!

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Below Alberta Falls, it's groomed like a Disney theme park. Above, it's something entirely postcard worthy. No snow yet, except if you push on to tree line. Cold winds rip around exposed outcroppings. Great hike to take your out-of-Colorado guests.

2 months ago

Favorite hike so far! Awesome views and relatively easy trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful lake, hike there is up the whole way but worth the vieww!

hiking
2 months ago

This was my favorite view of any of the hikes that we did while in RMNP. If you go out at the end of the middle section you get a beautiful sweeping panorama. We thought the hike was particularly arduous, however, we did this as the second of two after already seeing Mills Lake. Alberta Falls is beautiful on the early morning ascent but torture on the afternoon descent when flocks of people go there. We had a giant school bus full of children there that we had to get through. Amazing experience overall and a highlight of our trip!

hiking
3 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike. 5.7 miles and a nice, moderate, dayhike. Got to pass by Alberta Falls- be prepared for it to be busy. Great views as you ascend and the lake itself is beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views all around. It was cold and windy when I went. It was worth all the effort.

3 months ago

One of my favorites! Good distance, awesome views the whole way and the lake at the top is beautiful. GO EARLY or expect to take the shuttle bus to the trailhead.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Arrived around 8:20am at RMNP on a Thursday and there were plenty of spots left at the Bear Lake entrance. To get to The Loch Lake 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. The Loch is definitely a more moderate hike. If you continue to Mirror Lake and Sky pond the hike definitely gets more strenuous. 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.

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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
4 months ago

Amazing

hiking
4 months ago