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Beautiful trail with picturesque settings. One of my favorite hikes.

Hard work! Sore feet to be expected

Absolutely beautiful! Got there at 6:30 and had to park at Bear Lake. There is a friendly marmot at the Lake of Glass and on the way back down a herd of Elk with their babies were crossing the Loch. Truly a remarkable trail. Be prepared for elevation gains and pack bug spray!!

Such a beautiful hike- easily one of my favorites!

hiking
21 hours ago

Great hike for views over Estes. The lake was a little disappointing. Definitely start early to avoid the crowds.

Amazing 360 views from the top. Beautiful trail with a steep incline, levels out then another incline.

Awesome hike. Climbing the waterfall was probably my favorite part. I felt like we were discovering a new land as silly as that sounds. My brother and I loved it. Great hike.

Great hike but can get a bit crowded

Honestly one of the best hikes I have ever been on. The elevation takes some getting used to if your like me (from North Carolina) so be sure to take some extra water with you. Went late afternoon, got on the trail around 3:15 because the parking lot was full. Got to sky pond around 6:00 without making any stops.
Trail is pretty rugged toward the end, but if you enjoy climbing, it shouldn’t be an issue for you. Be sure to bring bug spray because they will GET YOU!!! Also a change of shoes/socks (or water shoes if you want to swap). My feet got soaked climbing up the waterfall getting to the end of the trail and soggy feet can be a bit annoying after awhile.
All and all, probably one of the best hikes I have ever been on! Highly recommend!

Love this hike. A little challenging for a recent transplant from Tennessee, but more than manageable and totally worth it for the views from the top. Definitely recommend doing the Cutler in the same visit - maximum bang for your buck. Parking fills up on the weekends so get there early! We will definitely be back.

love this hike! My first hike rated hard! It was challenging, but we did it! Beautiful! So many waterfalls, wildflowers, and 3 lakes! This hike won my heart!

this is one of my favorite trail to go running on, the loose gravel can make it difficult so comfortable shoes are a must!

Gave it a 3 only compared to some of the other great trails in the area. But it’s a pretty area with a lake and some waterfoul. It has some interesting rock formations and distant views of the Garden of the Gods. Great walk and not very steep.

on Gem Lake Trail

hiking
3 days ago

Not too crowded compared to the other popular trails! Not too challenging, and the summit is just beautiful. You can hang out at the lake for an hour or two before heading back. Very satisfying hike, would recommend!

Such an amazing hike! I made the trek out to RMNP on a Tuesday morning, though made the mistake of getting there at 10am. Took a bit of time to find parking since everything was full (get there early!!!) but eventually parked and hit the trailhead at 10:30am. It took me 2 hours to get to lake of glass and then another .5 mile to get to sky pond. Beautiful views, definitely worth the longer hike! I went via bear lake trail so it ended up being a 10 mile hike total. Took me 5 hours total with stops and breaks for lunch. Trails weren’t super packed Tuesday morning but the parking lots definitely were, so just beware if you think you’ll luck out with a weekday hike.

Loved this!! The scenery and rock formations everywhere were spectacular!! Took my 5 kids ages 5-13 . Was a challenge for them in length just because they haven’t done many long ones and it was raining most of the time. Will definitely do again on a dry day! Had a blast and loved the views and rock scrambling you could choose to do. Good elevation gain but plenty of time to get there.

if you stairs you'll love this one

If you’re a true hiker, definitely hike to Loch Vale. The view is absolutely stunning and worth every minute.

Nice gravel trail, just wish there was more shade.

Beautiful views, first half is primarily switchbacks up a mountain and the 2nd half lands you in a gorgeous meadow before coming out to the reservoir. Truly captures the beauty that Colorado has to offer. GO DO THIS HIKE!

hiking
4 days ago

7/11/18
Really nice hike with great views over Estes Park and RMNP. Nice well marked trail, mostly shaded and plenty of rocks to climb. The lake is pretty small, but it’s in a cool canyon which was a good place for us to have lunch. Recommend.

hiking
4 days ago

nice place to get out and close to town in woodland. nice rock features in the middle and nice view at the top but no real wow moments. mostly in the shade which is nice

Did this hike Saturday July 7. We got to the trailhead at 530am and the lot was almost full. It took us about 2hr 45 min to get up and exactly 2 hrs to get down with a few breaks. We spent about 30 mins at Sky Pond. When we were hiking down, tons of people were going up. Tons. So glad we started at 530am because it was getting warm, although most of the trail is covered. Beautiful views going up and equally beautiful coming down. A really great hike. I wouldn't rate this hard, maybe moderate. Tracker said the hike is closer to 9.3 miles RT. Def recommend it!

Great trail with some awesome views! Decent elevation gain. Get there early!

great trail, inclines a bit rough but overall not too bad. view is awesome at the top, not too much rock scrambling

hiking
5 days ago

Fun little hike to get a great view of the lake and the surrounding Rockies.

Park at the bottom on the dirt pull off. Cross the road to get to the dirt road. This was honestly longer and more difficult than I expected just to get to the trailhead. Go through the fence, even if it looks like you shouldn’t. There is a waterfall on the left, and follow the blue dots on the trees. The first blue dot is directly past the waterfall above the trailhead sign. There is also a yellow dot on the same tree. Overall, very well marked. Once you get to the next fence, the road splits and you need to follow the right side! Take a snack to reward yourself by the reservoir.

Ive been wanting to hike to Odessa for a while now and never got around to it. It was a moderate hike from the Fern Lake trailhead (I avoid Bear Lake at all costs) so I did the out and back from Fern Lake.. Ended up at 12.3 miles start to finish. One of the most beautiful hikes Ive done in RMNP. TONS of wildflowers once you past Fern Lake. Will definitely do it again.

A RMNP favorite! We love beginning the hike at about 4/4:30 am this time of the year to watch the sunrise at The Loch (and find parking and beat the crowds, haha). Based on RMNP's signs it's almost 10 miles RT, but very beautiful the entire way and not too difficult. The mini waterfall scramble is always fun. Don't mistake Lake of Glass for Sky Pond!

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