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Beautiful hike. Get there early, it gets crowded quickly.

hiking
12 hours ago

Amazing hike with 11 and 13 year old kids. Crowded at Alberta Falls; but the crowds really drop off after that. The Loch is GORGEOUS, but don’t stop the the edge. Walk all the way around to get the views. We saw two sets of elk swimming in the lake. Would have loved to go all the way to Timberlake Falls or Sky Pond, but my family wasn’t having it.

camping
2 days ago

We hiked this trail on the way to Andrews Creek campsite and it was awesome. We caught some nice sized rainbow trout that we cooked up for dinner. You need a permit if you are staying overnight and the campsites are by reservation only.

off road driving
5 days ago

I did it with stock new Silverado. it was brutal for this kind of car, though it has 4x4 low and all that crap, this trail is not for stock SUV like KIA sportage or so, because it is really rocky and you dont enjoy the drive.
I would recommend a jeep or something like Expedition for this.

other than that, lake is nice and all, but not breathtaking.

Tough trail for someone who is not used to hiking but worth the view at the end!

Loved! Hiked up past Alberta Falls, which is where the trail gets more difficult. Definitely doable, though, and not busy at all on a Friday. Absolutely beautiful.

Great backpacking trip for those looking for a challenge and adventure!

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked it on 08/01/18. Beautiful trail with great views. I recommend it

Nice long hike. I’d recommend going up to the top of the lions head if it’s open. There is a lions head loop.

bring bug spray!!!

Family friendly hike to the summit of My Herman. Kids loved it, beautiful views of pikes peak and monument. A little tricky at the top to stay on course, stay to your left to get to the summit and it’s bit steep on the decent. Overall a great family hiking day.

One of my favorite lakes in RMNP. Relatively easy to get up to and stunning once there.

hiking
12 days ago

Very busy for first 1/2 of trail. But, no where near as busy as the Bear Lake area. Plenty of scenery with river next to trail. Loch Lake is very beautiful. Strongly recommend you don’t stop at Loch and plan to go all the way up to Sky Pond.

We hiked this trail this past holiday weekend and it sure was busy. The four mile drive in on the gravel road can get quite bumpy and a little cramped when passing other vehicles in narrow spots. The hike itself was probably on our list of top hikes within an hour or so of Denver. The wild flowers along the trail were beautiful and the multiple water crossings were great. If you don't mind the heavy weekend traffic on the trail early on in the day the trek to the ridge is totally worth it. We got caught in your typical afternoon storms so if you are above tree line there is not much for cover and you are pretty exposed along the last mile of the hike going out. The views in all directions one you do get out to the lake are breathtaking. Certainly a hike a we would enjoy again and again as well as an overnight backpack in type trip.

Dense forest most of the way up but the tree line appears pretty abruptly as you approach the lakes. Beautiful streams most of the way up as well. The views hiking up to Roger's pass were incredible! One of my favorite stretches of trail so far. If you have some extra time and are feeling adventurous try hiking up James's Peak to the south (Elv. ~13,300'). I'm writing this review over a month past the fact but I think it took me an additional 2.5 to 3 hours or so round trip from the pass. Trail was easy to follow with a brief scramble near the top (I think that's the term). So if you want to do James's peak I would suggest starting your hike before 7am. I think I left around 6:30AM and got back to the parking lot around 3:00 w/James peak. One of the best things about this location is the ample parking near the trailhead. You'll never really have to worry about that.

Stunning for the entire length. The elevation gain is gradual, so even though over half of the trail is above treeline, it is not difficult. Definitely be prepared for the wind and wear good hiking shoes, and you'll have a great time! We arrived around 8:00am on a Saturday and we found roadside parking about 0.3 miles from the trailhead. The road was not as bad as I thought (in a small SUV).

Our favorite hike so far. Views the entire time. Super windy when you get to the pass. We were not used to altitude and we did fine. Get there early—by 8 you’ll be hiking with groups in front and behind you.

Well maintained trail, beautiful scenery!

hiking
15 days ago

Did this hike on the way to Sky Pond. A really nice stopping point at halfway to sky pond. The lake is beautiful, the fish are awesome looking and the water is so clean and clear. I believe it was around 2.6 miles to the Lake. Go to the north end for bigger views of the lake.

hiking
16 days ago

I did this hike almost a year ago and went back yesterday with my boyfriend and our dogs. We camped about 3.2 miles up the trail, then did the rest and the decent on 7/31. There are a couple great camp sites at around 10500 ft, 0.8 miles from the fork onto the McCurdy Trail. Saw 3 people up there. Definitely less daunting of a distance and elevation gain when done in 2 days. I'm still shocked more people don't know about this place! Weather was perfect: got down to around 45 at night and 60 on the peak. It probably got to around 80 if you stayed in the sun on the way down when it starts to flatten out again, but otherwise wasn't hot.

Much more difficult than anticipated, but amazing summit. Those rock formations and views are top notch. 10/10 will be back. Limited parking but when I arrived at 7:30 am, there were still spots.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike !! The temperature was perfect at 70 degrees -very few people. Not difficult great day!

Spectacular hike! Definitely do not forget your windbreaker, the wind at the top is intense.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike that can be done in a short amount of time. The description of the hike above is accurate. Follow the directions on the yellow start dot on the map carefully. There are multiple branches in the trail at the 0.2 mile mark where the trail takes off up the mountain. The trail does not cross the creek but turns back south and heads up the mountain. Many points in the trail are simply wide areas where water runs during storms. Near the top, hikers have left cairns to guide your way to the top. There is a windsock at the top and a metal pole near the windsock. The ammo box is at the base of the metal pole. This trail becomes a stream when it rains!

Beautiful views!

Loved this hike! Moderate elevation gain with lots of waterfalls, wildlife and wildflowers along the way. Breathtaking scenery and views once you arrive at The Loch. It was about 6.5 miles which included some wandering around the lake itself and took us 4 hours because of all the stops for pictures!

Absolutely stunning hike! The parking lot was very busy (got there at 8am on a Sunday morning) but like others have mentioned, the trail cleared out once you get past the split for Crater Lakes. Well marked and fairly easy to navigate. My phone logged 10.5 miles, but I did walk around the lake for a bit. Overall took about 5 hours with about 45 minutes spent at the lake and taking my time on the way down.

So, this is the third hike I have taken based on the misleading reviewers and this website, that was NOT what is listed in the description or reviews. I write this because of the young couple that were mislead if they had not spoke to us at the parking lot trail head. They were hoping to get to the two lakes, leaving at 4:00 pm, thinking it was only going to take 1.5 hours to traverse based on the "distance" and peoples comments. Agree that this is a moderate hike, I would consider this on the higher end of moderate.
There were three of us that left the trail head parking lot, bound for a 4.4 mile out and 4.4 mile back hiking for the lake. WRONG!! The average distance in total was more like 11 miles with a round trip of about 6 hours, with an hour of farting around at the two lakes. This was based on the average of three different pedometers and of people with varying gait.
The path is shaded, and it runs along the streams, along with some nice water run offs, (not waterfalls). A lot of nice wild flowers as well.
Next agree that there is an elevation gain of about 2K+. Once you get past the first uphill mile, the trails are VERY ROCKY and heavy with tree roots. There are parts that look like a rock slide and you have to negotiate for several hundreds of yards.
There is a hill climb to Roger's Pass Lake about a half mile or so past an open meadow. You might get lucky and see a Moose or two... *thumbs up to that!*
Once you get to Roger's Pass Lake, there is a trail to the RIGHT that will lead you up a STEEP climb to Heart Lake. Keep in mind you are now at 11K' in elevation. This is nice to see, but it's just a lake, none the less. Am I missing the beauty, maybe.
The climb down took about 2.5 hours, were we slow, maybe, but it is what it is.

This is my honest review. I did it, but will seriously reconsider the reviews on this website and I warn others as well. That young couple could have been in some trouble should they have hiked to the top and get stuck coming down in the dark....

I liked the 4 mile off-road ride up to the trail head in my Wrangler!
I was disappointed that the “Buchanan Campsite” was only for the handicapped. Like seriously, no handicapped people are hiking this 10 miles of mountain but can’t use a regular campsite, but anyways.
Besides that, I enjoyed the heavily wooded trail to Dorothy Lake. It starts off steep and the valley comes into view about a half hour into it. My doggo enjoyed all the waterfall stops.
It was pretty crowded on a Sunday considering how remote it was.
Saw a marmot and a moose! I’d like to go again soon. And Nederland is nearby for some beers when you’re done.

We did not go to the overlook because going to the falls alone is almost 10 miles (roubdtrip), and our dog got to the falls and decided that was all the hiking he wanted to do for the day...

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