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STOP BROWSING TRAILS AND GO HIKE THIS NOW. When I say stunning vistas that should be illegal they're so breathtaking, I'm not joking with you. Loch Vale transports you into this other universe, and the views you have off the ledge from Lake of Glass are incredibly humbling. There is snow towards the top, but it's so packed down that the trail is clearly marked. I hiked it fine with trail runners and shorts. Listen though, so there's this waterfall you have to vertically climb up right before Lake of Glass which is immediately before Sky Pond, and that was FUN! It made the hike technically challenging and different from a lot of other hikes in the area. Okay now that were so far down, the secret to finding parking is: don't go at 6am. I went at 1230pm today, a Monday in July, and although there was ample signage saying Bear Lake parking was full, guess what, it wasn't. There were plenty of spots open. Also, I mostly saw people coming down the trail, and after the first half there were only a handfull of other hikers. Let's keep these crazy morning hikers full of frenzy though so us afternoon explorers can have our peace and quiet on the trail ;). Just bring a poncho and you'll be fine if the 3pm sprinkles hit. Go werq!

hiking
2 hours ago

Gorgeous hike with stunning vistas. Rather than waking up before the sun I just went in the afternoon on Monday and there was plenty of parking. Also, there were only a handfull of people on the trail.

Hiked to Sky Pond from Glacier Gorge starting about 6am Saturday. Very well-maintained trail. Lots of great views along the way. Some well-packed snow on the trail between Loch Vale and Lake of Glass, as well as between Lake of Glass and Sky Pond. No spikes needed but hiking poles were helpful. I’m pretty acrophobic so the vertical scramble up (or next to) the waterfall before Sky Pond was a thrill. The views once there are otherworldly and you’d be hard pressed to find a more breathtaking fly fishing location in the USA. We saw brook trout and greenback cutthroat trout in the waters near the exit stream and the small bay upstream. Would come back again for sure.

on Emerald Lake Trail

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8 hours ago

Excellent Trail. The views at Emerald Lake were stunning and so beautiful

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10 hours ago

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11 hours ago

The perfect trail if you’re visiting RMNP for the first time or will only be visiting for a short period of time. Most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen. Trail was snow covered in some parts and muddy in others but still easily traveled. Rock scrambling is not necessary, but is optional. Be sure to get there early (7am) to avoid the crowds.

Really enjoyable hike! We got to the parking lot at 6:30 and it was perfect. The sun was just coming out when we got to the top and the big crowds were just arriving as we were heading down. Climbing the waterfall was fun and different. Wish I would have brought dry socks to change into after though. We used a pole to cross the snow fields toward the top, but it’s manageable without. We usually try to avoid heavily trafficked trails, but I’d definitely bring friends back to this one.

Still some snow once you get up by the lakes/ponds but the views are absolutely amazing. When you get to Sky Pond walk to the other side of the pond. Stunning views.

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1 day ago

Quite easily one of the best hikes in the state of CO. Can be moderately to heavily trafficked so getting there early is best. If you’re looking for more hikes like this one, the surrounding lake/fall trails all have amazing views to offer.

Went yesterday (Saturday), and the first part of the trail up to Alberto Falls was pretty busy with tourists and families with children. Past that, it thinned out just a bit but was still pretty busy. Lots of people with fly rods (but didn’t see anyone fishing so assuming they hiked past the Loch to Sky Pond). Lots of rocky parts of the trail, a few somewhat easy switchbacks, beautiful views, falls, and stream along the way. At the top - The Loch - there was just a tiny bit of snow to walk over. The Loch was gorgeous and well worth the hike. I saw a few small trout (~6-10”). Mosquitos were rampant, and I wish I brought bug spray. Parked at Bierstadt Lake because all other lots were packed full. The park shuttle seemed to run every 10 minutes or so ... don’t let the full parking lots deter you. I hiked with a small CamelBak and lightweight trail running sneakers. Lots of people had poles and hiking boots ... I prefer my sneakers.

off trail
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked this trail on 7/11 with my wife and 11-year-old daughter. Had to park at the rideshare lot and take the shuttle to the trail head as the bear lake lot was full but was not a problem. We arrived at the rideshare lot around 8 AM and were quickly on a shuttle to the trail head. During the summer I would recommend getting through the park entrance no later than 6:30 to arrive at the Bear Lake lot before 7 AM. This is a very busy hike with all different skill levels of hikers on the trail. Having said that, we were mostly unimpeded all the way up to Emerald Lake, slow coming back due to later starters . Beautiful views the entire way up with a breathtaking view of Emerald Lake at the top. Would highly recommend this hike to all. Few patches of snow between dream lake and Emerald Lake but my daughter made it with running shoes.

hiking
2 days ago

Getting there early is a must. It’s very beautiful, but it’s also pretty cramped. We started hiking at 8am and I wish we would have gotten there sooner due to the busyness of the trail. Dream lake before it was honestly the better destination.

hiking
2 days ago

We went in May, there were lot of snow on the trail, but the view to mount HALLET is so spectacular.

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2 days ago

This was an amazing hike with lots of different scenery throughout the hike. Early on, the river rushes next to the trail for a good portion. The trail goes by three different mountain lakes which were all beautiful. Bouldering up the waterfall with the rushing water was pretty difficult. It was much more difficult to go back down than going up. Be prepared to get wet! There was still lots of snow. We used trekking poles to help keep us from slipping and falling. The Glacier Gorge parking lot was full, so we drove on to the Bear Lake parking lot. We were able to start the hike there. The trail from the Bear Lake parking lot met up with this trail about a half a mile downhill from the Bear Lake parking lot.

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2 days ago

Now I have to go back and change all my other five star trails to four stars. It shouldn’t be legal to be able to hike and see this beauty. That’s all I have to say. There was a little bit of snow. People were doing it without micro spikes and trekking polls but I wouldn’t do it without at least trekking polls. I was slipping and sliding.

Absolute perfection! This trail is not for those who want privacy. There are large crowds on the trail, but it’s not so bad you can’t enjoy the hike. I recommend getting an early start. We made it to the trailhead at 730 and the lot was full. The park n ride was great though. Truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen!

Such a beautiful trail. We started from bear lake because parking was insane at glacier. We went around 3 pm not a lot of people on the trail. A lot of incline so be ready. We finished at 5. We took a lot of breaks around the waterfalls. We didn’t use any gear the snow wasn’t bad thankful we didn’t fall. It was beautiful!

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