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We started at Bear Lake trailhead to Odessa and then back to Bear Lake. This trail had some outstanding views, and Lake Odessa was gorgeous. I also really enjoyed this because there wasn't a huge crowd on the trail either. Although there was some great scenery, a decent portion of the trail was a bit boring in comparison to other hikes you can do close by. I highly recommend this trail, but after trying Sky Pond and Black Lake.

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17 hours ago

Since we had already seen all we wanted to near Bear Lake area: (Bear, Nymth, Dream, and Emerald) we hiked to Alberta Falls and then hiked to the Glacier Gorge trail head and then shuttled back to Park and Ride.This saved some uphill walking and was recommended by a ranger.

Waterfall was busy with people and was just OK.

Hard hike, but the views are incredible. It was VERY cold up at the lake. Also saw a male moose on the way back down.

Fun hike. Very much worth it to continue up to sky pond

The is our favorite hike! It’s challenging, beautiful and chalked full of wildlife. We saw about 20 Elk, 6 deer and our bonus for getting to fern lake was 2 moose right at the mouth of the lake. Parking was limited so we added about 2 miles to our trek. All said and done we hiked 10 miles and enjoyed every minute!

Awesome fall colors and all around gorgeous hike!

Sept 20th: Beautiful but definitely a crowded spot in RMNP. Lots of people and groups around by the afternoon. Great views as always; the leaves were a mixed bag. Some aspens were still green and some didn't have any leaves left. Seems like it's a odd year. Seeing all the elk by the road on the drive in was a highlight too.

I almost made it to Sky pond but was unprepared for the wind and couldn't quite tell where the trail went along Glass Lake. (it was super windy, maybe 45 degrees; I just had a sweatshirt and shorts on) Next time I will make it all the way to Sky but Loch is a great spot.

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2 days ago

Take two. We hiked this trail Saturday morning. Incredible views! SPF!!! you are being blasted by the sun on this hike (weather permitting). I would not want to try this hike in early/mid-summer with afternoon thunderstorms because there is no protection once above treeline. I did post pics too. We saw a Ptarmigan as well as pika's, marrmots.

One of my favorite hikes in RMNP! This review is from July 2016.

The trail will be very easy and quite packed until Alberta Falls. During the early to mid summer the falls will be flowing strong. Less intense in the fall. The hike will become less packed as you head up to the Loch. We hiked it with our kids (18 and 12) and both loved this hike! The views at the Loch are gorgeous. Such an amazing place to have lunch and relax among the glorious views.

If you plan on hiking to the Loch I recommend wearing trail shoes or hiking boots and bringing ~2L of water per person!

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4 days ago

This was the first long trail I have done in Colorado. Have to say overall a great experience. The trail in the beginning is well maintained and easy to find, however when you get to the rocky portion of the hike it is a bit tough to find the actual trail. The last hour or so was a bit hard for me as I am still not used to the elevation so we had to take breaks. We did not see a lot of people on the trail either which was nice. Took us about 5h45min with a lunch on the summit. The views are amazing and the trail is rewarding. Make sure you have a wind jacket as it was very windy when we did it. Great hike! Highly recommend it.

Lovely and manageable hike.

hiking
4 days ago

Well maintained trail & not many people! Summit views are stunning!!!

A bit crowded on a September weekend, but most trails in the park are at this time. We had to do about .8 miles of road-walking from the shuttle stop, where we were lucky to get a parking space (there were tons of people circling the lots and walking the road). Much of the trail goes through the burn area, which detracts from the scenery, and it's also the most horse-poop-covered trail I've seen in the park. Gross. The lake is lovely and we saw a couple of moose (and the crowds thin after each viewpoint - the pond and the falls - so there weren't tons of people who made it all the way to the lake. We didn't have time to do Odessa, which is reportedly great, but just Fern Lake as a destination was only so-so compared to other hikes in RMNP.

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

One of our most favorite hikes. Started at Bear Lake, sun just rising and the Aspen were “on fire.” We’re flat landers from Ohio and seniors, so took our time and enjoyed it immensely. The only tricky part for us was the last mile down to the lake. Pretty steep with lots of loose rocks. The lake is pristine. Enjoyed our lunch on the shore and headed back the way we came. AllTrails said 8.6 miles and took us just under 5 hours. Lots of rest breaks and photos. Highly recommended.

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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9 days ago

We loved this hike! The colors were brilliant today, the hike is a little steep but so worth it. The falls at the end are spectacular!

hiking
10 days ago

started from bear lake to lake haiyaha to alberta falls to glacier gorge shuttle stop. don’t get me wrong, the hike was beautiful, just didn’t find the falls too impressive. maybe it would have been different if i looped the other way?

on Alberta Falls Trail

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10 days ago

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11 days ago

mother nature made me work for this trail, especially on the alpine tundra portion— exposed and windy and brief rain. took ~5.5 hrs.

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11 days ago

Just a fabulous hike. A steady climb to the lake, but you pass a number of great waterfalls and open meadows on the way up. I saw 3 moose (bull and cow with older calf), deer, a family of friendly grouse, turkey, and lots of pickpocketing squirrels and chipmunks. The lake was not crowded and the trail was really not busy at all for the park. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see a sub alpine lake without a crowd. Just bring lots of snacks and water and please don't feed the wildlife!

Great hike with our dogs. Beautiful views!

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12 days ago

Excellent!

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12 days ago

Great views for more than half of this hike! I finished this on Sunday 9/9 and even though it was a super warm day the summit of Flattop and Hallet were VERY windy. The weather/season is definitely changing, so it is time to start packing gloves, beanies, extra layers etc. The views from Hallet are much better than on the top of Flattop so if you have about 30 more minutes of push in you it’s worth the extra mileage. I summited Flattop in 2.15 and by 2.40 I was at the top of Hallet, RT was about 5 hours. Aspens are changing which is always a plus!

Beautiful, moderately steep assent to a most wonderful Alpine lake. Definitely worth the hike for a 55 yo in decent shape

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13 days ago

Good spot! Pretty easy and heavily trafficked but worth seeing the waterfall!

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13 days ago

We saw lots of people along the trail, but as you get closer to the lake, it filters down. The lake is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch!

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13 days ago

Loved this hike! It was easy enough for my 10 year old to do. Gorgeous views, several bridges to cross. The Falls were beautiful and changing colors of the fall leaves made it even prettier.

14 days ago

Easy trail. I'm guessing it's moderate because of the rocky trail (no scrambling) and no water source. The views are great and you're hiking near a river most of the time. Super chilly at the lake if no sun, bring a jacket! Hiked in early September.

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