Loch Lomond Trail

MODERATE 320 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 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.

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

dogs on leash

camping

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

snow

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
3 hours ago

There were some pretty views, so long as you can get past the dust from all the 4x4 traffic. Not a pleasant “hike” having to constantly move to the side for vehicles.

10 hours ago

You are basically just hiking up a dirt road that’s heavily trafficked by ATVs and cars. Not worth it. Too much dust and traffic.

hiking
3 days ago

One of my favorite hikes close to Denver. Great views and the Lomond is beautiful.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful trail, good views, wildflowers and enjoyable.

ATTENTION DOG OWNERS: for the safety of your animals... if your dog is off leash and you run into a dog on a leash, please grab your dogs or call them over. If another dog is on a leash; they tend to feel restrained and threatened when another animal is approaching them and can become anxious or aggressive. There are plenty of beautiful spots there to take your pups off leash so they can run around, please be cognizant of surroundings.

off road driving
5 days ago

Super fun wheeling. Some tough spots overall great trail for our 1993 Landcruiser . Kids played at Lake and on streams. Half way up we photographed a great stream with wildflowers. will be back on a clear day for sure had some cloud cover.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful area, the three lakes are amazing, definitely a good spot to keep in the rotation.

hiking
12 days ago

We hiked on 7/8 and it was beautiful! We parked on the street outside (no parking sign but once we finished there was 10 cars so just be respectful) 8 miles RT from the road to the upper lakes and back. Go to upper lakes! Trail is on the other side of the lake and goes straight up a little discrete. But you can see the 3 hidden lakes on the upper side of Loch Lomond.

The hike up the road is most definitely worth it. Once you hit Loch Lomond, I would suggest going to the right and finding the trail up to the three lakes above. Lake Oh Man is worth the effort and not too hard to get to.

13 days ago

Tough and rocky on most of the road up, but about halfway there’s a trail that loops off into the forest and over creeks and offers some shade before getting to the summit. Nice to put our feet in the lake and have some lunch before going back down. Tons of gorgeous views.

14 days ago

Good trail for a second time out. It was closed about 4 miles before lake. We were told it is opened about July 15.

hiking
14 days ago

Followed another reviewers advise and went up the upper lakes. I don’t think I initially took the right trail up (found it one the way back down). It’s quick but steep up to the upper lakes but so worth it! Me and my labradoodle had a blast!

hiking
20 days ago

Majority of trail is a 4X4 road, so get there early to avoid the vehicle crowd. Top gate is still closed, so vehicles aren’t the whole way to the lake yet. The trail crosses over the CDT, so you have the option to veer right off the roadway to summit James Peak. The trail to the upper lakes (Reynolds, Steuart, and Ohman) is a little less defined. A few places are muddy and the handful of stream crossings might warrant waterproof shoes. Just stay to the left of Loch Lomond and you can ascend to the left of the waterfall. I can’t emphasize enough that the upper lakes are where it’s at. You can also ascend the ridge by following the trail to the right of Loch Lomond. Either way, try to get up above the Loch to enjoy the view down on the lake. This is a big reward kind of view with relatively little effort. Came out to 7 miles round trip from the bottom road to Lake Ohman.

hiking
21 days ago

Great quick hike, especially with dogs. Minimal/ manageable elevation gain and beautiful lake /waterfall views at the top

hiking
21 days ago

We drove up, parked by the fence which will be opening this next week. We didn’t end up heading up until afternoon and it was still perfect for us! Water falls and what seemed like one beautiful view after another. There were a few people up there as we started on the trail, but once arrived, felt as though we were the only souls! I would definitely go back again!

24 days ago

Nice 4 wheel trail with lake at top . Pretty windy when I went

off road driving
30 days ago

With only a couple ground clearance/articulation areas this trail is not overly difficult. Zero issues in a ‘95 YJ with only a 2” lift. We even ran across a Toyota RAV4 which should give you an idea that it isn’t very difficult.

Most of the trail is very rocky and bumpy which does make for a slow ride. The views are very good, especially near the top.

As of today, June 21st, 2018, the gate is still closed about 1/2 a mile or so from the top. We finished the trail by foot. There is one patch of snow remaining that isn’t too big or deep. After the melts I would assume that the remainder of the trail will open.

In conclusion, it’s a fairly uneventful trail with nice views and a beautiful lake finish. Perfect if you pack your fishing gear.

1 month ago

Parking is weird, it’s all marked no parking but I parked along the road and was fine. Pretty easy hike, most of it is up a service type road, but the views are good and the lake is beautiful. Nice, relaxing walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike. We parked right near the mileage sign but be aware there are “no parking” signs all around so you could get towed. Honestly, the first mile or so is pretty boring and just uphill with no views. We also got there late (11am) and there was NO shade the entire hike so be mindful of that. After the first mile you get some great views and start passing some water and a river. Closer to the lake there were small amounts of snow but it’s all almost gone. Totally doable in hiking shoes- we even saw someone in chacos. This hike was easy-moderate overall and mainly moderate just because of the intense sun beating down on us. The lake is *gorgeous* right now with mix of green and snow on the mountains around. We will definitely be back!

hiking
1 month ago

6/9/18: Went to escape a 95 degree day. Wasn’t sure where the true trailhead is, mileage sign or first mini lot? Trail is a gentle steady incline, good portion of it wide enough for off roading, made of packed dirt and rocks. A good portion has shade. Lots of water and occasional mud, and a few snowfields left near the lake with a little postholing, but doable in hiking boots. Not too many wildflowers. Huge area near the lake for hanging out and snacking; sadly there is some graffiti. All trails leading up to higher lakes still unpassable without snow shoes. Still a great hike, but I feel like it will be more beautiful in a few weeks.

hiking
1 month ago

off road driving
1 month ago

Minimal issues with a stock 2018 Wrangler sport JL. Definitely a tight road considered easy-moderate. You can do about 2 miles off roading.. then the road was closed off about .5 Miles from the lake. Opens July 15.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous. Still some packed snow near the lake. 1st gate is open. 2nd gate opens July 15 :)

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this on 6/2 ~ such a beautiful day. Parking is a little confusing, I parked near the sign with the Loch mileage but vehicles can park closer to the Loch if you have 4WD and thick tires, high clearance. My civic couldn’t make it. Some snow towards the Loch with some postholing/ moderate ice but doable in running shoes if you have good balance. Gentle incline on the way up, nice descent on the way down. Beautiful views and quiet on the trail. One of my new favorites!

hiking
1 month ago

5 star experience minus 1 for the heavy snow trek (without snow shoes). Packed trails, easy to follow until the end, we never found the lake..

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike, moderate incline on the way up and a quick trip back down. Ice on the trail starts at about 1.3 Miles, there’s a fair bit of snow as you get closer to the lake but most of it was iced over enough to walk on without falling through too much. Did it in shorts and running shoes with no issues, but it was a bit slippery here and there. Perfect for a relaxed hike that still gets your blood circulating!

hiking
1 month ago

We parked by the first gate which is closed still until 6/1, although it was pretty packed so be prepared to squeeze into a spot or have to turn around awkwardly. The hike up to the 2nd gate was really dry and nice, but some water movement from the snow melting. Once you get to the 2nd gate you will see the river right behind it. The gate doesn't open until 7/15 which makes sense why because the hike from the 2nd gate to the lake is 95% snow packed. If you choose to move forward from this point be prepared to get your feet wet, or bring snow shoes. I walked straight through the river to avoid falling with all my camera gear trying to jump rock to rock. The snow is pretty packed down on the way up to the lake so you don't necessarily need snow shoes but it would help. There are some parts that you fall in to the snow knee deep so just watch your step in spots. Once we got to the lake it was iced over and beautiful. Definitely coming back in late July to camp and actually paddle board the lake!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Very lightly traveled and not a lot of room for parking. Most of the snow was packed when we started our hike at 7:30 this morning and was a little slushier as it got warmer. It took a second to find the trail in spots, but I would probably rate this an easy trail if the snow was completely melted.

2 months ago

We parked right at the end of the road by the signs that point towards the lake. The trail was doable without snowshoes but we definitely wished we had them as we got to the top third or so of the trail. We sank up to knees and hips every 5 or 6 steps or so in spots. Windy at the top. Really beautiful! Will definitely go back his summer so we can see the water!

2 months ago

No parking at the trail head or surrounding residential area. Someone was there towing people out of the snow a couple yards into the start of the trail. Said nearest parking is st Mary’s glacier which has a fee

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Hiked 4/21. Broke fresh trail as it had snowed about 5 inches overnight. Definitely needed snowshoes for the top 1/3. This trail is far more beautiful covered in snow than in the summer time, so get it while you can!

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