Loch Lomond Trail

MODERATE 88 reviews
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Loch Lomond Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
948 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

cross country skiing

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

Get off I-70 at the fall river road exit. Follow north on Fall River Road drive past the big switch back turn left on Alice RD. Keep your eyes open for Stewart Road. 2.3 Miles you will be at the lake.

hiking
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hiking
1 day ago

The only reason I'm not giving it a full 5 stars was the experience would have been even better if it wasn't starting to get busy. That being said, it's definitely not as crowded as any of the popular front range trails and is really beautiful. We parked at the trailhead and hiked up the 4x4 road, had ample opportunities for our dogs to cool off in the stream, and there is only packed snow in the last mile or so for maybe 50 yards. Steady climb up the road but definitely nothing crazy. Snow runoff is still in full swing and there's a roaring waterfall dropping into the lake. Rewarding views at the top with a beautiful lake setting. This is a fantastic option for a quick hike not far from Denver. As one previous hiker said, not very hard but you at least feel like you've earned a beer afterward.

hiking
1 day ago

Once we got off the road and started 'making our own way' up to the Loch Lomond, it was fantastic! It embodied the quintessential picture of Colorado---waterfalls, streams, views, flowers, and even marmots! There is still a bit of snow on the upper portions of the road.

hiking
5 days ago

Short, but rewarding

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike on a sunny day (June 17). Overall an easy hike, and a short distance from Denver. There was a few patches of deep snow closer to the lake, so I'd recommend wearing waterproof boots. The views at the top are stunning! Also, we did not run into many other people which was nice. I'd definitely do this hike again!

hiking
8 days ago

So this trial is actually a 4x4 road (the road is closed 1/2 way up until July 15th). We parked at the bottom and hiked up. The first mile is rocky, exposed to the sun with a decent incline. But as you near treeline, the views are fantastic. Quite a bit of packed snow in the last mile, bring good boots!
Overall a moderate with a GREAT payout - Views for days, amazing lake with waterfalls and we hardly saw a soul on the trail.

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21 days ago

went 4x4 sucks they had the last part closed off so had to hike alil. but I'd do it again. maybe in a month

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike with quick access from Denver. Hiked early season with quite a bit of snow still on the ground. Weather/timing kept most folks off the trail- would highly recommend.

snowshoeing
23 days ago

Definitely bring snowshoes if you want to hike past the lake. Snow is fine in the morning but gets slushy midday. Lake is still frozen over

23 days ago

Did this hike Jun 1st. Snow is still there from gate to the peak. Towards the lake the snow gets about 1 to 2 feet deep with drifts still at 10 feet in some areas. Lake is frozen but seems to be defrosting fast. Wildlife included lots of squirrel and a deer with word of a bear in the area.

hiking
26 days ago

I'd come back in the summer to actually see the lake. We did this on 5/23/17. With the late spring snow you fall through the upper crust every three steps so I highly recommend snowshoes. We had yaks on and it wasn't enough. Crazy windy at the top since you're pretty exposed. Pretty views all around but definitely miserable at the top of a storm front is blowing in.

hiking
1 month ago

The beginning of the trail is pretty melted - there's some running water and icy spots but nothing too bad. Once you hit the fenced section, the rest of the way up is still snow covered and I would certainly recommend snowshoes. We were postholing the entire back half of the trail, even on the wind crusted areas. Great hike overall, super windy at the lake.

1 month ago

A lot of snow but nicely packed. The running water on the trail can create some slush in spots so definitely dress accordingly. Love the views!

hiking
1 month ago

Went and did this hike on Monday night. For about the first mile, there's no snow, just rocks and some running water down the trail. Definitely recommend water proof shoes. But later on the trail, there's quite a bit of snow. It's hard packed for the most part, but just be ready for that. The loch itself is still frozen over, but the ice isn't thick. Overall, it was a great experience. Definitely would like to hike it again in the summer months.

1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago