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Loch Lomond is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 895 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Cross country skiing

Fishing

Hiking

Snowshoeing

Ohv / off road driving

Running

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Snow

No shade

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Getting There

Note: Due to winter months or heavy snow, the upper gate will be closed. This is a shared hiking and OHV trail. The area is closed for resource protection from 10/15 - 7/15 upper gate and 12/1 - 6/1 lower gate. There is NO parking allowed on Fall River Road or within the subdivisions. All vehicles must be either street-legal or registered annually through Colorado State Parks' OHV Registration Program. All motorized vehicles are restricted to open routes designated for their use. Contact your local District Office for a copy of the local Motor Vehicle Use Map. Reservoirs owned by Agriculture Ditch Company.

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.

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David Hernandez
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Hiking

interesting trail, definitely need a lifted 4x4 rocky and rigid terrain. a moderate trail for sure. Did it in a Grand Cherokee Altitude 2.5in lift in front and 1.5 in lift in back with 33in tires, handled well.

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Michael Rosendahl
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OHV/Off Road Driving
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Sean Nguyen
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The trail is extremely fun and manageable with a high clearance 4WD vehicle. the lake is absolutely stunning. The hike to the waterfall is tricky as it's not entirely obvious on how to get there. There are multiple narrow trails that lead up to it. However, if your not afraid to get scratched up or climb a couple of rocks, it completely worth it. Word to the wise, if you're driving to the lake, make sure to air down your tires. That gives you extra traction and makes the ride more comfortable. Just make sure you have a good compressor.

Anna P
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HikingGreat!Rocky

This is a fabulous hike! Stunning views near the top of the mountains and the lake at the top is gorgeous. The trail is also a road but I would not recommend driving it unless you have 4WD, high clearance, and all terrain tires. There were a handful of people on the trail (walking and driving) and at the lake on a Saturday afternoon (and a herd of moose!) but it was not nearly as crowded as other hikes in the area. There are lots of “no parking” signs on the road at the base of the trail but there were other cars parked there so we did as well and didn’t get ticketed.

Brandon Moore
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Great trail with some very cool lakes at the end. Trial is moderate in difficulty, but fairly rocky in some spots.

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Philip Trippe
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Hiking
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Aaron Weinberg
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Hiking
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Chris T.
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Hiking

The hike itself is a road - which we knew when we started- but really this hike is more about the destination, as opposed to the hike which is why I rated it a 3. It’s very busy at the lake and extremely windy. There are some beautiful views and wildflowers. The lake is really pretty. I love alpine lakes and this one was mediocre. Driving up to the lake may be fun for an “off road” experience.

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Billie Lukinbill
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Hiking

Excellent

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Conner Harn
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Drove to the first lake and hiked to the upper lakes.

David M.
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OHV/Off Road DrivingGreat!Rocky

This is a very pretty alpine lake with a lovely waterfall. WINDY and cool at about 11.2k feet. Stunning area. We hiked about the lake and waterfall. Terrific for the mind and spirit. I am also told that it’s a good fishing lake if you fish. We drove the trail in our Jeep. Note to hikers: this “trail” is a legal road and is shared with hikers, bikers, and drivers. There were probably a dozen vehicles at the top with a few tents pitched near the lake. A few tents pitched along the road up as well. Note to drivers: you should have a high clearance vehicle. Don’t try this in a 2WD Honda Accord or something. The road is rocky, rutted, and washboard. It is also fairly narrow in spots. We passed a few vehicles coming down as we were headed up at about 9am. On our way down at about 11am, there were several groups of hikers coming up. Remember..... vehicles kick up a lot of dust. It takes only a minute to stop, let a hiker come safely by, and then proceed. Would I do this this area again? Yes. You should try it. Hike it, bike it, or drive it (or some combination thereof). Have fun out there!

Jennifer Lenane
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Hiking

Definitely worth it!! This is 100% a road, so expect to meet trucks, jeeps, and off-road vehicles. We drove our F150 up to the top. It took about an hour to get up the road, while navigating the huge holes and rocks in the road. We set up camp for the night, and did some hiking around the lakes. We managed to get all the way up to Ice Lake. The trails are really hard to find once you get past Steuart Lake. To get to Ice Lake, we made our own way up the waterfalls by Ohman and up the cliffs. I’d definitely suggest using COTREX or ONX apps to guide your way. We’re already making plans to come back again in a few years!

Tabitha Reynolds
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Hiking

Annoying going up on the same road as cars/trucks, but hot damn, it was gorgeous as the top!! Could spend hours up there relaxing and wandering around. Will definitely be returning!

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Becca Saunders
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Hiking

8/1/20 As other user have mentioned, this is a shared atv/4WD road the whole time. Definitely worth it to get to the lake. Started at 8:30am on a Saturday with minimal traffic (both people and cars) going up. Saw a big bull moose right off the trail. Coming down from 10:30-11:30 lots of cars and people headed up. Definitely start early to avoid crowds! Beautiful views, will go back to check out the lakes higher up for sure.

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Brennan Ketelsen
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Hiking

Awesome hike! Does get a little annoying with all the cars going up and down the trail, but can’t blame them! Also got to see a huge Moose!

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Kacy Grady
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HikingGreat!

To everyone complaining about people driving on the trail—THIS IS A SHARED 4x4 AND HIKING TRAIL!!!!! Read the description next time and maybe you won’t be such sour little whiners. If you are looking for a hiker exclusive trail, this is not the one for you. That being said.....Trail is amazing! Took my wrangler up to the lake and had a nice lunch! Lots of stranded cars littered along the sides and only pull-off shoulders, so it makes passing difficult, but manageable (very narrow trail). Windy at the top and a little chilly!

John Celoria
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Hiking

Really fun! Insanely beautiful. More car camping pull offs than I thought there would be. Make sure to bring warm gear too!

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Kyle Adams
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Didn’t love that people could drive on the trail but it was so worth it!

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Alexandra Sonnenblick Wingert
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HikingMuddyRocky

It was a great trail but I didn’t know that it’s really an off road vehicle trail as well. Actually, we were so confused that by accident we ended up taking my Car half way up the trail. We just decided to pull over and leave the car and walk the rest of the way to the lake. You can 100% drive the off road vehicles all the way to the lake. I would give this a 5 star for a car hike but a 4 for walking hike. The only thing that puts it to a 5 star hike would be the beautiful wilderness. It’s absolutely beautiful up there. Tons of dogs and hikers.

Pat Reimer
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Hiking

Rocky trail. We drove 3/4 of the way; parked and walked to the lake. We’re in our 60’s. If we do it again we’ll drive the entire way then hike up to the upper lakes.

Elizabeth Davis
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HikingRocky

GORGEOUS TRAIL. Uphill for a while, so prepare. The lake is quite cold, bring a light jacket. It rained on the trail today so it might be muddy for a few days.

Anji Gallanos
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Hiking

Such a great trail up. We went super early (on the trail by 6:30 am). Parking was a bit tricky but no problem. There were cars and OHV going up- but not many at that time. 2.3 up to the lake and a quick walk down. Both gates were open. Also had to go over a small stream but wasn’t much of a problem.

Erin Prestia-Robins
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HikingRocky

The trail is a 4wh road, fairly busy. Lots of off road camping. Lake was beautiful. Especially the glacier fed waterfall

Anna Cohen
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Hiking

A lot of cars driving up and down the “trail”

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Lorenzo Aguilera
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Walking

Arrived at / around 0730 and there was plenty of parking. Made it to the lake which has beautiful views, nice water and fishing! Arrived back to my parking spot at / around 1000 and it was packed! It’s very pretty and highly recommend!

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Jenni Rickman
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Hiking

Parking can be tricky! We parked up the road about .3 in. There is room for about 6 cars there. Went on a monday and there were only 8 other people on the trail. Beautiful up at the lake and the weather was perfect! This is a great option if St. Mary's Glacier trail parking is full or you want a different hike near St. Mary's.

Brittany J.
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Hiking

Beautiful short hike. It took about an hour to get to the lake. Bring a coat if you wanna sit by the water it’s definitely cold up there with the wind.

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