Loch Lomond Trail

MODERATE 242 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.

12 days 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!

23 days 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
26 days 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!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 3/25 in hiking boots without spikes and the trail was manageable. Right as you’re ascending toward the lake at the very end of the hike, the snow gets about knee deep so you should try and stick to the packed sections. Overall, the hike is worth it with amazing views , just prepare to sink in snow in a few spots.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked today Saturday 3/24. Mostly covered in snow, though did not use snowshoes. Used microspikes the first half going up but would have been OK without those as well. Top third was very dip and you'll sink down every once in a while but it's more or lass packed down at this point.

Great hike with great views. You can always find more breathtaking views in the Rockies, but you can't beat this one only an hour from Denver.

hiking
2 months ago

We completed this trail today. Snowshoes were not needed for the first two thirds of this trail, but were very helpful for the top third. That’s how my wife did it, I didn’t take my snowshoes and still did fine. A lot more snow than last weeks pics.

hiking
2 months ago

I hit the trail at about 9:30 am. Made it on the packed area...straight up to the lake...without traction assistance, but definitely needed my snowshoes to bound around up by the lake. I saw three people on the way up (all within the first half mile) and about ten—on their way up—in the last mile of the descent. :) Windy but great!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked up without snowshoes, just spikes, deep in spots, but was able to make it all the way up to the lake. Trail was pretty packed down.

2 months ago

It was snowed out, only snowshoers and skiers were on it.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked up to this trail this past Monday before the big snow hit and it was beautiful. The trail begins as a wide road and there was considerable accumulation of snow, although it was packed down pretty nicely and made for pleasant travel. The road continues past a few barriers to prevent motor traffic and then thins out. The snow makes the official trail difficult to find towards the top, but there is no danger of getting lost as the remainder is mostly above tree line, making the route to the lake obvious. I would recommend snowshoes for the final bit. It seems that the lake could just the start of some great exploration, but the snow at the top here fairly deep.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Beautiful hike!!! We did it last week, and snowshoes were definitely necessary for the last half, and it was windy at the top. But the snow was deep and so much fun to snowshoe though.
Also, if you go in the winter, It's hard to see the trail through the snow towards the top. Stay to the right of the wooden fence after the metal gate. We just followed GPS.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, if extremely windy, which made it a little miserable towards the top. Made it with yaktrax and regular hiking boots. Gorgeous views!

hiking
3 months ago

Great views! Made it fine with micro spikes on 1/27. Several places on the trail have been blown completely bare of snow. Very windy both times I’ve hiked this trail this winter.

camping
3 months ago

Rough Road getting to the top, but there was plenty of space for hiking and camping in a group!! Beautiful views, marmots on marmots, and great foliage!

hiking
3 months ago

I must say that hiking this trail in the snow proved to be very difficult, even with micro spikes. My wife and I made it all the way to the lake, but that was after a mile of knee deep snow. Needless to say, this hike is awesome. spectacular views and pretty rugged. I would like to hike it in the summer without the snow!

4 months ago

Beautiful hike. The parking would be more challenging if this hike was crowded. No crowds today. The snow is packed and the wind has blown it down to gravel in some sections. Once you get past the second gate you will need snowshoes. It is doable without snowshoes but prepare to post hole. Once you get to the clearing judt past the fence the trail seems to disappear. stay to your right and go up past the grove of trees. You will see the markers soon again. Follow tge markers to the lake.

4 months ago

Snowshoes were useful on the upper portion but one of us just had microspikes and was fine. Lovely scenery. A little windy but still great! Lost the trail briefly near the top but pretty obvious most of the way.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail was good for the most part. Packed trail, snow shoes not needed for first 2/3 of trail. After last gate. About 3/4 mile to 1 mike left to lake snowshoes are nice to have as packed trail goes away.

Windy and blown off top snow but still beautiful little trek!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, but lots of snow in spots now. Snowshoes would be a good idea.

hiking
5 months ago

12.3.17 Trail was amazing!! Very slippery right now if you walk from the very bottom, but definitely doable. would recommend sturdy hiking boots and many layers - it was quite cold and windy at the top!! I would 100% hike this again!!

5 months ago

11.26.17.

Great hike. Nothing too strenuous and great view. Lightly trafficked today. Short drive from Denver (50 mins). Little slick in some area. Will be doing this one again!

hiking
5 months ago

I can easily call this one of my Top 10 Hikes due to the beauty of it all. When at the overlook for the main lake and waterfall, being next to 3 more lakes up there I was in Awe and did not want to leave. Uxexplianable Beauty kept me up there 7 hrs. Climbed up some dangerous snowy glaciers and was trying to get to frozen waterfalls, but was careful and it was super worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

I can easily call this one of my Top 10 Hikes due to the beauty of it all. When at the overlook for the main lake and waterfall, being next to 3 more lakes up there I was in Awe and did not want to leave. Uxexplianable Beauty kept me up there 7 hrs. Climbed up some dangerous snowy glaciers and was trying to get to frozen waterfalls, but was careful and it was super worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

A perfect hike! Beautiful views. Slick in some areas and definitely snowy this time of year, so I would recommend wearing waterproof shoes with some good traction. And, as always, layers are key!! Very cold at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

amazing workout. plenty of divine views. a tad slick on the way down but otherwise perfect day!

hiking
6 months ago

Snow and wind made for a great hike today. It was definitely a work out but had amazing views.

6 months ago

Is camping still allowed if gates are closed? Or is it just hiking

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked this trail today with my brother and his dog. There are great views along the way. The lake is gorgeous, as is the view of the mountains. It snowed on and off on the way up, and the wind was pretty strong at the top. Definitely wear layers!

6 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday and it was amazing. If you keep following the trail past where it stops up the other side of the mountain it has incredible views. Very strenuous. Fair warning!

hiking
6 months ago

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