Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Glacier Gorge Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 1,138 ft Route type Loop

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (0)

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. Located in one of the most scenic areas of Rocky Mountain National Park, Glacier Gorge Trail offers spectacular scenery, wildflowers, waterfalls, alpine lakes and wildlife. Glacier Gorge is located southwest of Estes Park, just south of Bear Lake.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (450)
Photos (1853)
Recordings (402)
Completed (3069)
Casey P.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarWed Jul 01 2020
Hiking

The linked trail does not go all the way to glacier gorge but will take you to Alberta falls and a little further.

View Casey's Recording
Jessica Fitzgerald
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jun 28 2020
HikingMuddyRockyScrambleSnow
View Jessica's Recording
Glenn Ryder
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jun 25 2020
Hiking

Trail was beautiful. We chose it to see a little different scenery than the mountain trails we’ve bee doing. Trail started in meadows with river running through. Got steep at end. Cub Lake was beautiful and worth the hike. Bonus for trek back was big bull moose in pond joined shortly by a momma elk and baby. What a day!

View Glenn's Recording
Ally Mueller
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarWed Jun 24 2020
HikingSnow
View Ally's Recording
Jon Lee
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jun 18 2020
Hiking

Easy hike with access to scenic views along the way including views of Alberta falls.

View Jon's Recording
Kylie Heisz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jun 18 2020
HikingBugs

There was a few muddy spots and some bugs, which were expected. Great hike to do if you’re looking for an easier-moderate hike. We went around 6:15 and were able to see part of the sunset before we turned around.

View Kylie's Recording
Emily Chamberlain
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Jun 16 2020
HikingSnow

Beautiful hike to Black Lake! Stunning views and well maintained trail until approaching Black Lake. Spikes & poles would be a good idea crossing quite a bit of snow just before the lake. It got pretty soft on the way back in the afternoon. Made for fun for us and the kids, but some might find it too messy & slippery to enjoy. Wonderful hike and highly recommend.

Heather Caples
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSun Jun 07 2020
Hiking

Beautiful trail. A lot of people on the trail who didn’t know trail etiquette at all. Glad the park is back open at least.

View Heather's Recording
Kathrina Leavitt
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Jun 05 2020
Hiking

Lovely. Done in early June, trail well maintained and only light traffic in the morning, moderate by afternoon. I went up to jewel in the suggested route and came back via fire trial and Bear Lake. This hike is just moderate, not difficult with an easy elevation gain (1800 ft with my variations). The lakes are beautiful and great for an ice cold plunge if you are into that sort of thing. Would recommend this hike highly.

View Kathrina's Recording
Shane Miller
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Mar 15 2020
Hiking

Great hike. We went past Jewel Lake toward Black Lake. Once past Jewel Lake, snowshoes are almost a must. We managed for a little bit, but finally turned around after postponing became far too frequent. Fantastic views.

View Shane's Recording
Jonathan Campos
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Mar 14 2020
Hiking

Beautiful. Narrow in places and mostly packed. Used crampons and no traction on last part of trail. Really busy at 1030.

View Jonathan's Recording
Shelly C
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Feb 22 2020
Snow

I did this trail 2/15. The trail is completely packed down and snowshoes are not necessary - microspikes were more than sufficient.

Melinda Dean
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Feb 15 2020
HikingSnow
View Melinda's Recording
Daniel Swan
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSat Feb 08 2020
HikingSnow

Made it to Loch Lake, however could not find the turn to get onto Sky Pond Trail, especially with the fresh snow from the night before. We had snow shoes and poles but decided to turn back and do Mills Lake. Ended up being about 7.5 mile hike.

View Daniel's Recording
Danielle Conyers
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jan 05 2020
HikingIcySnow

Great trail! Spikes are a must, the trail is relatively packed down from other hikers.

View Danielle's Recording
William Hopmeier
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSun Dec 29 2019
HikingSnow
View William's Recording
Mark K.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSun Dec 22 2019
HikingSnow
View Mark's Recording
John W
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Nov 24 2019
HikingSnow

Great trail! Mostly packed snow, small sections of ice or powder. Microspikes are sufficient. I brought snowshoes but never needed them. Very windy at Mills Lake but the view is worth it.

View John's Recording
Danielle Koller
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Nov 09 2019
HikingIcy
View Danielle's Recording
Austin Swisher
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Nov 03 2019
HikingSnow
View Austin's Recording
Zac Crickenberger
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Oct 25 2019
HikingSnow

Very nice Hike make sure you bring some snow cleats.

View Zac's Recording
Isabel Butler
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarWed Oct 16 2019
Hiking

Beautiful! We hiked around Bear Lake first and then walked over to the falls. It was very windy when we went and the ground was covered in snow, so dress accordingly. The falls were partially frozen over, very cool!

Kendra Annette
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMon Oct 14 2019
HikingSnow

Snowy and icy now. Spikes were very helpful, people were doing without but were slipping. Not much of a waterfall left with the weather changing. You can see the mountains through the trees but not much views just a lot of woods. Different trails to choose from. Would have been better earlier in the season.

Gary Clayton
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Oct 01 2019
Hiking

Waterfall in the way and Fantastic lake views !

View Gary's Recording
San Cheung
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarWed Aug 28 2019
HikingBugsRocky
Showing results 1 - 25 of 450