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15 hours ago

Not sure why the high rating on this trail. Nothing spectacular. Gem lake is really more like disappointing dirty swamp

17 hours ago

Not a difficult trail but a beautiful end point!

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17 hours ago

Probably the most rewarding easy hike suitable for the entire family in the park. My 3 year old daughter was able to do the majority of the hike on her own short of a few steep stretches towards the end. With about 0.9 miles between each of the three lakes on the trail, it makes for regular breaks and helps keep everyone motivated for the next stop. Each lake offers something a bit different with all having a slightly different appeal. Great hike to share with new visitors of all abilities and a perfect entry level hike to RMNP.

Amazing trail hiked on 9/14/18. Arrive before 7 if you want to park at Glacier Gorge trailhead. Hike took us 6 hrs round trip but we took our time at the Loch, Timberline Falls, Lake of Glass, Sky Pond, and also detoured to Mills Lake on the return trip. Trail was long but otherwise not too difficult for a couple of moderately in shape amateur hikers. The waterfall scramble took all of a few minutes and so long as you watch your footing carefully on the wet rocks isn’t bad. Amazing scenery at every stop....tough to say which stop is the best which made for an extremely rewarding hike. Highly recommended.

“Easy/moderate/hard are relative terms. I’m not a great biker, but I am a stubborn persistent hiker. This was Harder than I expected- especially at the end. I finished, but my feet are paying for it. Warm September day- drank all my water plus some. Views were beautiful and so was the company. Glad to say I have completed an iconic Fort Collins hike.

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19 hours ago

Great trails and views on the way to Dream Lake and then Emerald Lake... get there early as I had to use the park and ride at 7:00 am but it was very quick and free.

Great day hike. Worth going up the small falls to eventually get to sky pond. Round trip somewhere between 4:30 to 5hrs.

Beautiful trail, well maintained and gorgeous views throughout the whole hike. I would say it is more of an easy hike than a moderate, although the altitude coupled with a lot of stair climbing towards the end did take my breath away a few times (as someone who is used to 800ft above sea level, this is a big change for me).

We arrived to the trail head around 7:30am on a Friday morning and the parking lot was only about 25% full. The hike up was not crowded at all but it was getting significantly busier on the way down. I would suggest starting at 7.

Not a gem in our opinion. More like a small pond and wonder who named it?

Scenic hike with a lot of fall colors. We did see a Moose on the trail (that startled us). We kept our distance and warned hikers after we were able to continue.

Beautiful views and on the way to Sky Pond. A lesiurly hike with some elevation.

Moderate hike with a little bouldering. We took our time and wrapped up the hike, plus Mirror lake and Mills lake in 5 hours. I'm a novice hiker and really enjoyed this hike.

I really loved this hike until the waterfall scramble. I really had no idea what it would be like, and I'm afraid of heights, but more so coming down. I think it helped me that the trail was busy and I could watch some other hikers come down - otherwise I was ready to turn around! I'm glad that I went on - Lake of Glass and Sky Pond were beautiful (hold on to your hats, though, it was very windy!) Also, there was a marmot that was overly tame at Lake of Glass - when we were there he ran off with a plastic water bottle (not ours). Don't feed the wildlife!

Beautiful hike! We really enjoyed the variety of this hike including waterfalls, mountain vistas, gorgeous lakes, and groves of aspens. The wind above the scramble was strong today, but it was definitely worth hiking all the way to Sky Pond. The gradual elevation change helped us warm up to take on the steeper sections that start before the scramble. Also, we liked the decent amount of shade along the way.

We took the shuttle from the Bear Lake Park and Ride, which worked well for us. There was a bit of a wait to leave in the morning, but I think we only waited 5 minutes to take it back to our car.

Awesome hike ! I would highly recommend it . Like the other reviews said, the elevation gain isn’t bad until the very end towards the waterfall. I was a little skeptical at first about the climb but it wasn’t bad at all . Actually the climb down was easier for me than the climb up. The scenery the whole trail is absolutely beautiful.

Amazing hike! Start early to avoid crowds and wear layers (can get windy and colder towards the top) as well as well shoes w/ good traction (the rocks by the waterfall can be slippery). Make sure to continue past Glass Lake, which is just past the top of waterfall to Sky Pond. Fall colors are gorgeous right now. One of the best hikes in the park!

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1 day ago

It was crowded and I don’t know if I would even call that a Pond! Most definitely not a lake. But there were some great views and it was a decent climb.

This trail was Epic! So beautiful. The forest was extremely peaceful with the Aspen trees changing color and whispering with the wind. The water falls and creeks are very nice. Small trout throughout the pond system.

Once you clear the tree line, thats when it becomes really exciting. Pretty steep elevation gains along the rocks. once you get to the last Falls, you have the rock wall climb up to Glass Lake and Sky Pond. It's a bit sketchy if you don't like heights, but totally worth it!! Just take it slow coming back down, and be sure of your hand and toe holds. it is slippery where the waterfall splashes you.

Sky Pond was very beautiful and the surrounding mountains are majestic. We also observed a mountain climber on SharkTooth to the right, way up there.

Get to the park Early! Bear and Glacier trail head Parking was closed before 8am on a Thursday. the park and ride isn't bad, and we saw a huge elk while riding back to the lot in the late afternoon.

It took me 6.5hours round trip, with plenty of picture time and about 45 mins at SkyPond. Bring lots of water and sunscreen. had spf70 and still got some rays...

Totally worth it. it's very popular, and passed a lot of people on the way back down in the afternoon.

Easy and short hike. A lot of people in the trail, but the trail is large enough to make your way in front of others. Nice lakes.

We were in the parking lot by 7h45 in the morning and it was full 15 minutes later. Be there really soon. The view is absolutely stunning when you pass the hardest part of the trail where you have to climb. Walking sticks would be anything but helpful at this point.

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2 days ago

Was a fun hike with a beautiful lake! At the time I went the water was cold but clear!

Beautiful and easy hike. Amazing in the fall.

Get there early! This trail is super crowded, but a great hike. Arrived at the trailhead at 7am and had to drive up to the main lot as the trailhead lot was already full.

Lots of great views through out and a great hike for someone who is looking for a great moderate trail. Steady elevation gain, but nothing over the top.

Sky pond was freezing and incredibly windy, so make sure you have a warm coat when you get to the top.

This review is for The WHOLE Loch Trail that starts at he drop off point for “Glacier Gorge”. First you reach Alberta Falls, then Loch Vale(The Lake in many of these photos which is EASY/light moderate), then Timberlane Falls(My second picture) Then Glass lake (Moderate/light hard) (My first pic) and further up is Sky Pond. Stunning beautiful hike. Two days ago, we made it to Glass lake which has an elevation of near 11K feet. This is definitely a moderate to difficult hike past the vale especially to Glass Lake because it’s basically rock climbing UP the waterfall. Lol although it’s just a small part of the hike it’s tough if you’re not experienced... and honestly, you need hiking boots with grip not gym shoes like I saw a lot of people wearing. The view of Glass Lake is GORGEOUS. And the view down the valley to the entrance of the park is/was spectacular especially since the leaves are changing. One of the best hikes of my life and I’ve done Angel’s Landing in Zion. Lol

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3 days ago

I loved this trail; I was there with the GirlTrek StressProtest weekend. Took awhile to get used to the altitude.... I’m from Southeastern PA.... but it was worth it for the gorgeous scenery & wonderful fresh air.

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3 days ago

The trail was well marked in most areas but a few times got a little confusing. I wouldn't really call it a lake, but it's more of a large muddy pond. the hike up was beautiful and there were great places to stop and take pictures and look around. there were lots of very steep steps.

Beautiful trail, would recommend in the spring. After Mills lake the trail to Black Lake can be a little challenging with some steep areas. But totally worth it. The waterfall right before Black lake is beautiful.

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3 days ago

I had initially intended to go to Black Lake because I was wary of the difficulty, but as I passed the fork, I changed my mind... Probably the best impulse decision I've ever made.

I'm a relatively new hiker and found it challenging, particularly climbing up those rocks, but it was fun. Started around 6:30 in the morning when it was still quiet and cool. Made it to the top around 9:30 and spent a decent amount of time up there. I actually prefer the Lake of Glass to Sky Pond, but both were beautiful.

This hike in mid September could not have been more perfect! The Aspens were gorgeous against the most vibrant blue sky we’ve ever seen. Each view got better than the last. The trail is easy to follow, and even when there was a steep incline, it leveled out long enough afterwards to make the trail feel more moderate than hard. Really the only difficult part was the scramble up the falls to get to Sky Pond. Just take your time, make sure you have your footing, and you’ll be fine. If you get going before 8:00am there is much less traffic on the way up, but definitely picked up as we made our descent. We made the round trip hike in just - little over 4 hours, including a 20 minute pause at the top to soak it all in.

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