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Simple hike with amazing views

hiking
16 hours ago

Hiked this 5/23, and the snow was packed a little ways into the trail. It’s manageable with hiking boots, just follow the foot trails in the snow so you know where to step. We made it up fairly quick. We considered trying Sky Pond but the only people heading that way had spikes and snowshoes so we decided against it. Also, at the top of Lake Loch the snow was already packed high so we figured it would only get worse from there.

hiking
16 hours ago

Hiked this today, 5/23, and there was only a tiny bit of snow. Easily accessible with regular shoes even though we wore proper hiking boots. Beautiful and easy hike. The beginning is super easy since it’s all downhill (which means your homestretch will be a little difficult). I recommend going further past the falls and venturing to Loch Lake or even further if you can. The way to Loch Lake was covered with a bit of snow, so definitely bring hiking boots for that, or even spikes if you don’t want to have to slip every now and then.

hiking
20 hours ago

We hiked today 5/23/18- the trail was fully covered in snow past Nymph lake. Not too difficult coming up, but really hard coming back. I was wearing tennis shoes and had no grip at all, others had hiking shoes and did okay. Good shoes and spikes would have really helped. Took us 3 hours up with lots of stops, and 1 hour back down with almost no breaks. A little bit crowded but still enjoyable. The lakes were absolutely gorgeous.

We hiked this from Bear Lake. The trail from Bear Lake to the junction with Glacier Point was nothing special. All downhill which made coming back all uphill. I think this added to the difficulty of the hike. (I’m a beginner). The hike from the junction to Albert Falls was nice. The falls were nice. Several places for pictures. The perfect picture spot at the top of the falls was spoiled by someone sitting, reading a book right in the middle of it all. Still glad we walked on up to the top.

5/23. Great easy hike around the lake. Beautiful reflection pictures of the mountains in the lake. Parts were still snow covered.

5/23. Nice easy walk around the lake. Saw a couple of elk. Great place for a picnic.

hiking
23 hours ago

It's still snowy, icy in certain areas. The snow looks to be really deep where people are walking, especially one spot on the trail. I'm sure the rangers are taking caution due to the melting and how it can cause postholing or falling from breaking snow, slick snow. I had Yaktrax and my poles, but I still slid a little, but I did okay. I saw quite a few people wearing flat bottom Keds/Vans and even flip flops type of shoes. Please be prepared! The trail does get lost, and it was muddy in some spots. So be careful you don't go too far off of the trail. I decided not to go up to Emerald lake because I was by myself and if I fell, I'd be in trouble. So, please wear adequate shoes! Yaktrax are $20 and very valuable, or more for microspikes. It makes the trip enjoyable. I saw one lady in near tears trying to get around a snowpacked curve in her slick shoes.
With that said, this is a beautiful hike! I'm glad I went. It was cool to see how much snow was still up there. The lakes were peaceful and beautiful. It did cloud up and started storming quickly, rain and hail. Hikers need to be aware of that this time of year. I'm sure there were a lot of soaked folks.
The snow will melt, it will be slick for a while. Be careful and be prepared and you'll enjoy this hike! Its worth it! Just keep going and take your time and watch the skies!

Went up yesterday and began at the parking lot where AllTrails led me to, the app would not allow me to check in kept saying I was too far from the trial head? Any hoo began walking and got about a mile and a half in and the trial was washed out. Another couple a head of us scrambled up the hill and were going to carry on but I was not that brave as I had my hubby in tow and he was feeling his age yesterday. So we turned back. Will try again when the run off is not quite so rapid.

A nice and varied excursion.

Get an early start—preferably pre-dawn—-for three reasons: 1) Very limited parking so get there early to get a place; 2) Avoid the short-hikers going to Alberta Falls; 3) Dawn over Mills’ Lake is serene.

Lunch under the shade of the trees of Black Lake—it is deep, deep…that’s why it’s black in color from any distance.

Easy hike overall.

If you start early, be mentally prepared for the mobs at Mills’ Lake and even more so at Alberta Falls as you return to your great parking spot.

A nice and varied excursion.

Get an early start—preferably pre-dawn—-for three reasons: 1) Very limited parking so get there early to get a place; 2) Avoid the short-hikers going to Alberta Falls; 3) Dawn over Mills’ Lake is serene.

Lunch under the shade of the trees of Black Lake—it is deep, deep…that’s why it’s black in color from any distance.

Easy hike overall.

If you start early, be mentally prepared for the mobs at Mills’ Lake and even more so at Alberta Falls as you return to your great parking spot.

5/22. From Nymph to Dream the snow amount increased but still easy enough to get through. Beautiful views on the way to Dream. I loved this lake. It was partially ice covered. Walked on to Emerald. Snow increased and hiking became harder. But worth it.

5/22. Easy hike to here. Peaceful place to sit. Went on to Emerald. Not much snow to this point.

05/20--Snowpack starting around 1.8miles and is prevalent off and on up to 2.5miles in. Then pack turned to drifts. Managed fine in hiking boots though. Wanted to go to Sky Pond but the trip was cut short due to a thunderstorm. I did not feel shorted whatsoever though, the Loch is awesome!

Wanted to make a loop by Lake Haiyaha but after talking to the Park Ranger I decided against it. She stated the junction isn't maintained by the park during winter season and strongly discouraged the use without proper gear.

5-22-18. Snow covered, very slick as we got near Emerald Lake. Our first hike in RMNP. Breathtaking views. We started at 8am. Parking was full by the time we got back around noon.

Went yesterday. Fitbit said it was 5 miles to get there. No snow until the last 3/4 miles. Not much of it and snow is not a factor for the hike, you can just walk along the side of the snow. Lake is mostly all thawed out and only a couple snow spots on the "beach" Amazing hike. Amazing lake. One of the best mountain lakes.

It was so beautiful. My kids really enjoyed this trail!

Had a great day hike. Very easy trail with little elevation changes and a spectacular waterfall at the end.

Still some patches of snow on 5/22 but nothing you can’t do with sturdy hiking boots. Pretty good cardio workout on the way up. Excellent Birdseye view of the lake with the mountains in the background from a rock formation a bit off the trail.

Made it up to sky pond in just hiking boots but very dodgy, still a lot of snow on the trail. Would definitely recommend trackers and poles. Tough climb but the views are worth it

Good quality hiking boots and ice spikes would make this hike a lot easier to tackle. Many areas of the trail are covered in snow and ice.

Trail had outstanding views, there were only a few other people on the trail today. Be sure to check for ticks, i didnt have on any repellent, but i had on long pants tucked inside boots and long sleeve shirt and when i got back to the cabin i had a tick on my neck.

Steep but only 3 miles round trip. Great hike, beautiful view at the top.

Just finished this hike! Beautiful views. Be sure to follow the horse poop we got lost for over an hour

Hiked this with my 10 year old daughter. We thought it was easy. Minimal snow on the trail with our regular hiking boots it was no problem. Nice scenery even on a dreary day.

Did this hike today and it was spectacular. Had spikes and poles from about half way around the Loch and up to Sky. Beautiful day on a beautiful trail. Snow melt is in full force.

hiking
3 days ago

05/20/2018
Started on trail in overcast conditions with off and on slick snow packed trail most of the way from trailhead. We made things more difficult with inadequate footwear but made the trek past Nymph to Dream Lake with no major incidents, but lots of slipping and sliding. By the time we reached it, the sky had cleared offering beautiful views and pix. We attempted to go on to Emerald but gave up after realising our footwear, lack of poles and melting conditions were making it quite slippery. So we headed back meeting heavier trail traffic and by the time we made it to full parking area the skies let loose!

hiking
3 days ago

Parking lot about a third full early 05/20/2018. Heavy overcast, very few hikers on trail early on. Well packed snow trail off and on. We would have been wise to have had better footwear and poles, but made it to Lake none the less in good stead...proceeded on trail to Dream Lake.
On our return to trailhead sky had cleared up beautifully for fantastic views and pix and traffic increased, but by the time we returned to vehicle in maxed out parking area a downpour began!

We have done this trail May, 20th. The trail is still snow-covered on the right side. Very slippery. Great views.

It was difficult to find the trail with all the snow and not much traffic but once I found it it was well worth it. I did it in just hiking boots without spikes and was fine and saw a girl with tennis shoes do it without any issues. I would definitely recommend this trail.

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