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I made it to Sky Pond on 11/12 after about 6 inches of snow the night before. The trail all the way up to the Loch was well traveled and I was able to do it with good winter boots only, no traction devices needed although as the fresh snow goes away and turns into ice I would highly recommend Micro spikes. After the Loch snowshoes were essential and the climb up to Lake of Glass should only be attempted with crampons/ice axe it is almost entirely ice and rock at this point. Put your snowshoes back on for the last half mile to Sky Pond and enjoy, definitely one of the best destinations in the park.

While there is nothing spectacular about this trail it was a good one to do during a decent snow. The trail was still fairly easy to follow even though no on had been on it since the snow. Keep in mind that no matter which direction you go, you end the hike going up. This hike is mostly through forest and follows the stream in many areas. I would not recommend this one for little kids. There are a few spots with steep drop offs from the trail. With easy access to Denver, this is a good hike if you want to get out in the woods and need something close.

Made it to Lake of Glass last week after a scale up glacier and snow. There wasn't really a trail so went off the cuff with my boy, snow was deep af. Was a lil past 3:30pm so didn't want to head full way to Sky Pond just to be stuck in the dark trying to make way back down cliff side. Such a sick ass trail and experience though.

Such a beautiful hike! I wore microspikes the entire trip up to the waterfall which is around 9 miles round trip. I would definitely recommend wearing snowshoes though. I sunk up to my thighs in certain places by the Loch lake. I saw quite a few people up on the trail today they said that people were using icepicks to get up to sky pond.

Did this hike 11/10 and it was a pretty quiet trail. I enjoyed the hike but the one negative was that there aren’t many good views of the mountains. It was still nice to get out and be by the water which was frozen over in some parts. Overall I recommend doing this trail for sure

Was an amazing trail with quite a few spectacular sights. Happened to be snow up there in October and made it difficult without proper gear. Crampons needed during winter months for sure. We didn’t make it up the waterfall scramble with just hiking shoes. Was way to slick. But still recommend this trail. Turning around near waterfall ended up being about 13 miles round trip with one wrong turn.

trail running
10 days ago

Took me 3 hours 48 min. I ran ~4 miles and hiked the rest. Good views at beginning and end. Middle chunk gets a little bland.

A very exciting hike, at least during wintertime. Looking forward to coming back during the summer when the lakes aren’t completely iced over. Hiked it with a friend about 3 weeks back and definitely recommend micro spikes. I couldn’t really imagine doing it now without them. Most of the trail is pretty manageable with some decent inclines but, as most people have said, the trickiest section is the scramble right next to the waterfall before glass lake. It was very icy and very slick, I would not do this one without micro spikes. The views once you get to the top are very nice, and make for a nice experience. We arrived at the trailhead at around 6:50 AM to avoid crowds. On the way up, we bumped into a few people, but on the way back down there was a steady flow of hikers. I would recommend doing this hike nice and early to avoid the most crowds as possible.

Great 5 mile lollipop trail, clearly marked. There were some nice creek crossings for the dogs to play in. I’ll definitely be back!

This hike was good to get out and move. Not a lot of sights to see and really only one or 2 that are worth the hike. But there is nothing big to see really at any point. Mostly through the forest, which is nice, but there are a lot better hikes in Colorado. It is nice to be by the water most of the hike and hear that. I was one of maybe 2 people on the trail without a dog. Great trail for dogs as it is not too steep and mostly gradual up and down. No dangerous spots for them either.

I just want to clarify some of the statements on this thread. A lot of people seem to refer to "climbing a waterfall". There is no climbing of a waterfall on this hike. There is however, scrambling on slick ice "on the trail" adjacent to the Timberline falls. As mentioned by many reviewers, this scrambling is no joke and I wouldn't recommend it without microspikes. However, you will not be climbing a waterfall on this trail, or at least you don't have to. Such statements on the reviews made some of my friends very nervous about doing this hike. I thought I'll clarify it for others.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike! We went last Friday and it was a beautiful day. The trail was icy and snow packed in some areas and even more so the closer we got to the lake.

I took Chavez to Beaver Brook. Overall this was a very enjoyable hike. Tons of forest, good inclines and declines. Most of the trail runs along the brook which is so incredibly soothing to listen to. There are parts that are very narrow where you are walking on rocks along a narrow and steep edge, but I thought that was super fun. I went on Monday and it was very quiet. Passed a few hikers, but was mostly alone. It was very relaxing and I will definitely do this hike again. 10/10 recommend!

Absolutely gorgeous trail... scenic the entire hike! We rented micro spikes from an outdoor shop in Estes.. wouldn’t recommend the last half of this hike without them. The waterfall is iced over and caused difficulty getting to Glass Lake but once you’re over that climb, the rest is easy. We had lunch in a Little Rock shelter by Sky Pond that helped block the crazy wind. The trail is clean but there are a ton of people hiking it so there’s not much solitude. We did a hotel in Estes Park and drove into the National Park so we could be there bright and early... VERY cute town! Plus it was nice to take a hot shower and sleep in a nice bed after this hike in the cold windy weather!

Beautiful hike!!

beautiful moderately strenuous trail. went on Sat. not too crowded

Taxing uphill and downhill, steep trail! About a mile in, ya really start to feel it in your knees haha. Awesome challenge and an amazing lower body workout! :)

Beautiful hike, follows a creek most of the way which is nice. We went Chavez to beaver brook, challenging at some spots with a lot of up hill, especially towards the end. Some cool spots you can climb up to get good mountain views. Went on a Saturday (10/20) and it was pretty busy but not horrible

This trail freakin rocks! Awesome open areas and great trails! Highly recommend this trail!

This has quickly become one of our favorite hikes. The elevation gain is serious, but there are only a few spots that get challenging. The lake is peaceful, and we had it to ourselves today. It does get snowy and icy, so wear your spikes or bring your poles.

Wonderful hike! Worth the scramble up the the waterfall.

Great hike! Beautiful small waterfall to be seen after climbing the larger fall immediately before Sky Pond. Scaling this is not difficult. You pass several alpine lakes, which can have mosquitoes during the summer. Marmots at the pond can be aggressive in their pursuit of your pack and snacks.

4 stars on account of the parking situation.

Beautiful forested hike with moderate elevation gain. Easy access off I-70. Nice features and scenery including several small stream crossings, tilted metamorphic rock outcrops, and a nice mix of aspens and evergreens. Always a good hike, very tranquil.

Beautiful hike! Not many high-peaks in view, but at least 8 or 9 stream crossings! Love the varied terrain and well-marked trail. We went CCW and enjoyed the rocks/scrambles. This would be gorgeous in September with the changing of the leaves as there were quite a few aspen trees. Great parking lot with many spaces and pit toilets. I can see that this trail would be great year-round.

Hiked this today, I'd definitely recommend microspikes. I ran into a lot of people having very bad times on the trail with just shoes. Personally, I turned around right after the waterfall - lots of steepness/ice and I was a bit anxious since snow and ice earlier on the trail had started melting. I did run into a few people who either got to Lake of Glass or all the way to Sky Pond, so it's definitely doable if you know what you're doing.

This is still one of my favorite hikes. Great views, waterfalls, forest, lake meadows and sweeping views at the pass. At this time there is lots of snow and ice and it is likely the trail will not be passable in the next couple of weeks with any additional snow. Forth of July road was rough but still passable with 4WD drive and decent clearance. No snow on the road at this time. It was very challenging to get to Lake Dorothy. Most people had stopped at the pass and in addition to being sandblasted with snow and ice from hurricane force winds, there was no path to the lake. We tried and got caught in thigh high snow from the drifts. Views at the top were spectacular if you could handle the wind. Great hike. Definitely one to add to the list.

hiking
23 days ago

It was a gorgeous day to hike. I started early and there was no one on the trail all the way up to Diamond Lake. I did wear spikes the entire way due to ice and snow. I couldn't have hiked the last mile without them. My dog was with me and we had a blast. Yes, the road is awful to drive on but if you're a confident driver, you can make it. Please PULL OVER if someone is behind you and you're coasting down (or up) the road. It was a celebratory hike for my 61st birthday and the day couldn't have been nicer.

Not keen with going down hill first, nice a shady for sunny day hikes.

Excellent mild hike. Good for groups of differing levels and capabilities. Parking was crowded on a Sunday afternoon.

Great views. Brought my 13, 11 & 6 year old. A bit long for them but they made it. Beautiful hike

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