Glacier Gorge is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.
The trail itself is great, it's not too hard and is very close to Bear Lake too! However there is super limited parking in Estes Park, and we had to walk almost the length of the trail just to get from our parking spot to the trailhead.
I cannot imagine a more pristine, post-card perfect trail. The Glacier Gorge trail is multi-faceted and can be explored in many ways by taking various forks along the way. Each fork offers destinations to a collection of equally impressive alpine lakes. Alberta Falls is a small introduction of things to come as the trail continues to follow Glacier Creek upstream from Alberta Falls. I followed the signs to Loch Lake which also climbs to Lake of Glass and Sky Pond where it ends. These lakes are beautiful in their own way. Loch Lake is larger and attracts fishermen. Continuing onwards the trail climbs above treeline, following Icy Brook up to a tumbling wall of slick rock with a cascading waterfall flowing down the canyon. The way up to Lake of Glass is to scramble up the side of this rock wall to the top of the waterfall where you are met with probably the most stunning lake you'll ever see on any postcard. It is surrounded by snowy, barren mountain peaks with giant boulders and stunted pine trees lining the blue-green lake. It seems like this is the end of the trail, but it continues along the right side of the lake for about a quarter mile until it ends at Sky Pond. By comparison, Sky Pond is not as breathtaking as Lake of Glass, but it has beauty in its own right. Butted up against the mountain basin with receding glaciers and large boulders across the way. I saw several Pikas (small rodents with no tails and large ears, slightly smaller than a guinea pig) among the rocks, which is their habitat of choice. This trail is steep in places but completely doable for any semi-experienced hiker.
Beautiful hike. Got a little harder as the trail went on but relatively easy. Hooks up to a few other beautiful trails. Saw a momma mule deer and her baby came right up to us on the trail. Hike starts out moderately crowded but thins out as you get farther from the trailhead.
We started at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, then hiked up to Timberline Falls. The hike was relatively easy. It is a climb, but it's gradual. The Loch is beautiful, and the view from the top of Timberline is incredible. Total length out and back was about 9 miles. Once you get to the top of Timberline, the hike becomes more of a rock scramble on wet rocks, so the difficulty level definitely gets harder. We went early and found a parking spot. It wasn't crowded when we started, but by the time we reached Alberta Falls on the way back, it was packed.
Awesome winter hike to both Mill Lake and Loch Lake! Challenging but doable and beautiful views.
Really nice we did Alberta Falls and continued on
To Glacier Gorge. We did it in the winter.
One of our favorites in RMNP. Good for the entire family. My wife and I took my brother (in his 50's and doesn't hike much), his teenage son and daughter. We all made it easily to Mills Lake and had a great lunch. What a beautiful place! The initial climb between the trailhead and Alberta Falls is manageable and then flattens out afterwards to an amazing canyon view. Very popular up to Alberta Falls so beware of the crowds. The parking lot will surely be full if you don't get there early enough, if so take the shuttle.
sunrise was the best
Beautiful, stunning views, great opp for some brilliant pics, traffic on the trail dwindles out after the first few mikes