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As Galen noted below, heavy snow drifts up above Lake of Glass. Difficult to distinguish any trail in the snow. Found myself somewhat unprepared for this level of snow. I felt this trail was overrated, but I bet the experience is better in the summer.

Just a heads up the road to Brainard Lake is closed for the season as of 10/15 so you have to park at the winter lot and hike the 2.5ish miles to the trailhead.

hiking
3 days ago

You will need snowshoes for the last 2 or 3 miles after the Sunday storm. Close to lion lake, snow was at least 3 feet deep. We had to break the trail after junction between Lion and Thunder lakes.

Beautiful. Even with deep snow, the entirety of the hike was wonderful. Moose, Steller’s Jay and lost of views. Scrambled up the frozen waterfall to Lake of Glass, but the trail disappeared into chest-deep snow. Loch Vale was lovely too. Truly, we loved it all.

This was a beautiful hike with varying difficulty in the trail throughout and lots of beautiful views along the way. we didn't make it to glacier lake but lake Isabelle was great!

Really enjoyed this mod hike. Snow had just fallen with a low ceiling of clouds made it a good workout and super pretty! Totally recommend for a short mod hike

hiking
9 days ago

We do a lot of hiking in Colorado, and for my entire family this is our favorite. It is extremely easy, and just shockingly beautiful the entire way. I can't think of a better place for a hike. We went on a Wednesday, arrived at the park about 7:05 in the morning, and there were only two parking places left. Arriving early and bug spray are both a must!

Amazing!! Good challenge but certainly not impossible. Tied in with lake hiyaya and made a nice 12 mile route. Really windy at sky pond.

Great hike, but beware, October brings unpredictable weather. We just hiked this in rain, sleet, and snow. Beautiful views, and amazing colors!

One of the best trails I've ever been on in my life. All sorts of different scenic views and the grand finale of Sky Pond (after climbing a waterfall) to reward you for your hard work on the hike.

What an amazing hike! This is the second time I have done this hike, the first being in January where everything was covered in snow. We arrived at the Glacier Gorge trail head around 730am and got one of the last parking spots despite the weather being not ideal. Guess a little snow doesnt stop anyone here. There were a lot of low hanging clouds and fog but it started to snow lightly as we got to the Loch. The little snow fall, no wind, and cloudy skies made for amazing scenery! The waterfall was flowing and as beautiful as it is in the summer. The best part of the hike is the waterfall scramble you have to do to get up to the lake of Glass is not frozen which made it so much easier. The Lake of Glass was incredible but dont stop there! Sky Pond was and is one of the most gorgeous sites in the park and probably the rockies. The Shark Teeth are even better from the top of the lake. There was a little wind but nothing that should stop anyone from hanging out and taking it in.
We went through the trail seeing very few people starting off the day but on our way down, the crowds really picked up. Always start as early as you can to really enjoy the park.

This hike remains one of my favorites in RMNP. There is so much to adore in 8 miles: you traverse aspen groves, walk the shore of The Loch, Pass Timberline Falls, scramble up steep and gorgeous rocky sections of the trail and then are rewarded with Lake of Glass and Sky Pond almost back to back. Sky Pond has a stunning turquoise color in the sunshine. Keep an eye out for elk near the Trailhead - they frequently hang out there. Plan to park in the Glacier Gorge Park and Ride and take the free shuttle to the trailhead. The Trailhead parking lot is small and fills up almost instantly. The hike has strenuous sections that will give you a good workout but isn’t uphill the entire way.

Started at 12pm to Sky Pond by 2:30pm. Stopped to take lots of pictures and eat. Took the loop back thru Lake Haiyaha. Gorgeous views. Fun hike.

Fantastic trail with great views throughout. Variety of stops on this trail provided places to stop and grab snacks with a great view. The hardest section is the scramble, and my wife and I almost turned back just a half mile or so from the end. So glad we decided to go through with it. There were plenty of other hikers around, though I wouldn’t describe it as crowded. Highly recommended!!

hiking
12 days ago

Incredible views. Bring layers. Very windy by the lake

Amazing trail! There were beautiful views...and I loved that the stretches of incline were balanced with easier portions of trail where I could catch my breath. The last mile was pretty tough, but we had a lot of fun scrambling up the rock to Lake of Glass. The views from the Lake of Glass were the BEST, but keep going to Sky Pond - the view of Sharks Tooth peaks were worth the extra trek.

Definitely my favorite hike from our RMNP vacation!

Started at 7:00 on a weekday in early Oct. A handful of cars in the parking lot but saw no one above Alberta Falls until the descent from Sky Pond then there was a constant stream of people going up. Parking lot was full upon my return at 10:30.
Nice hike. Personal opinion is this is a tweener hike, mostly moderate but can reasonably be rated hard based on a couple sections.
Enjoyed the picas at Sky Pond and the Stellar’s jay and snowshoe hare along the way. Would like to repeat this hike when there’s snow on the peaks.

This was an amazing hike with incredible views! Hike is definitely more moderate especially from Glacier Gorge trailhead until the second fork. Elevation gain/stairs/switchbacks between the second fork and The Loch. Last mile is challenging with tons of stairs and elevation gain. If you're from somewhere flat and low elevation like me, make sure to save your energy for that last mile! You do have to scramble up Timberline Falls which is wet and icy - so make sure your shoes are right for the job. Lake of Glass is beautiful but the last little bit between Lake of Glass and Sky Pond was some of my favorite of the whole hike! The trail isn't marked super clearly, but you'll be able to find your way if you follow the cairns. Right down the hill from Sky Pond is a great little waterfall with some grass that makes for an awesome/quiet lunch spot away from the wind and crowds.

This was a gorgeous hike! I left at 12:30pm, arrived at Sky Pond at 3pm and was back at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead at 4:50pm, but that was going at a pretty quick pace and taking short breaks at the lakes(was hurrying so I could catch a concert at Red Rocks), so I’d recommend giving yourself at least 5 hours to really enjoy it.

Started at noon and only made it to Loch Vale Lake before turning around so that I could catch the last park and ride and still have daylight. Very nice hike and somewhat crowded.

I would consider this hike more moderate. Pretty steady incline throughout the beginning to middle of the hike. Towards the end you have a steep climb to Sky Pond, which is worth the effort. Took me about 5hours to do in totally including lunch at Sky Pond. I recommend getting early to the parking lot as there is limited parking.

Easy hike and busy on a Sat. Beautiful lake at the golden hour! Chilly at the top so bring layers.

Amazing hike woulr highly reccomend. I did it in nikes all the way to sky pond, only thing I would change is hiking shoes due to the wet rocks. It was still manageable, went with my mom who’s is good shape but still old. It was a ton of fun, and I’m really glad we finished it. Bring a lot of water, 5-8 hrs depending on how long you stay at the top. Started at 8a.

So pretty the entire time!! Dog friendly & everyone had their dogs on a leash. Very appreciative of this.

Not much water, but easily one of my favorite hikes in Colorado. Keep hiking up to Isabelle Glacier if you’ve got it in ya

It's really pretty

This is a pretty tough trail, lots on inclines, but beautiful views. Definitely bring layers, as it got chilly with increased winds as you ascend. I was able to make it to the top of Timberline Falls, though the ice made it a bit precarious. Decided not to go to Sky Pond because I was concerned about coming back down with the ice.

Absolutely spectacular. If you do one hike in RMNP, do this one. So worth it!!!

hiking
20 days ago

Absolutely amazing hike, but definitely very strenuous. Once you're above the tree line, it gets tricky with the temperature drop, the low air density, and the incessant winds. The trail is fine until the last bit when there's a bit of rock clambering to the peak. Super views but my personal favorite is Sky Pond.

Beautiful trail with many scenic rewards along the way and at the top. We only hike once a year, took us 8hrs to complete. Had many breaks: lunch break, picture breaks, snack breaks, pee breaks, out of breath breaks, omg I need a break before we climb up the steep rocks covered in ice break. SUPER windy at the top, almost knocked me off my feet a couple times. What you THINK is Sky Pond may actually be Lake of Glass, keep going though the trail is unclear. Other hikers were helpful to navigate. Though it’s warm when you start, you’ll need layers for the top - it’s freezing up there, literally, ice on the rocks!

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