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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

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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Skyler J
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HikingNo shade

Gorgeous hike! There is actually a waterfall at this lake. I parked at the lower gate and there are only about 5 spots for cars to park at. I got there at 11:00 and got a spot but it was a Thursday. You definitely cannot drive past the first gate unless you have a big SUV. Super rocky. The lower gate is only 2 miles from the lake. The hike has no shade and you are actually hiking in a road the whole time. Definitely beautiful views the whole way, creeks, and wildflowers. There is a patch of snow you walk over but not much.

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John Weeks
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Hiking

This hike was absolutely gorgeous! I think parked at the very bottom of the gravel rock path, which is where All Trails map directions takes you right to. If you have 4 wheel drive you can definitely drive up the first part of the hike, but we chose to walk it instead. That was definitely the most difficult part of the hike. But after we passed the initial tree line incline, the hike was very moderate in difficulty and absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Highly recommend this hike.

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Karis K
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HikingRocky

Road before trail says no parking on either side. Trail parking lot is further up but my low SUV wouldn’t make it. So many off road vehicles on way up, getting passed. Once got past the gate much better for hiking.

Luke Carnahan
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Hiking

Really pretty hike - did this one with my wife and dog today. Get up there early as it starts to get crowded by mid-morning. I want to try to go up to the other lakes higher up another time!

Eddie Leadingham
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Hiking

pretty sweet hike if you go past the 1st lake . amazing views above with 3 other lakes. no GPS for it on All Trails but there is a path (kind of) to follow.

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Sarah Puett
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HikingNo shadeOff trail

I did St. Mary’s and then hopped over to Loch Lomond today and it was spectacular. Great way to get to the lake without having to worry about clearance, gates, etc.

Hannah Carter
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Much of this trail is on a road for high clearance vehicles. It was about 5 miles from the bottom of the road to the lake. Very cold and windy at the lake so bring layers. Great views!

Alex Flores
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HikingMuddyNo shadeSnow

Trail has no shade and is more for a 4 wheel drive vehicle or even better an ATV! However it can easily be walked. Cannot drive up half the trail until 7/15 so you’ll walk anyways! Very minimum parking so arrive early. Very beautiful lake. One of the better ones I’ve seen. Snow is on the trail but wasn’t a big deal. River flowing down the path is also super pretty

Jesse Spiker
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can anyone tell me where the gates are at this place

Sydney Matthews
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HikingRockySnow
Jay Jones
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HikingSnow

Solid hike. Most of it is on a rocky road for cars to the lake (need 4x4). Fairly decent foot traffic but nothing too crazy. Saw a bunch of people fishing at the lake

Brittany Madden
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HikingSnow

Did this on 06/20. Took our Tacoma up to the second gate (which is still closed). From there we hiked to the lake. It was beautiful but windy at the lake. And a busy hike, which was to be expected. We arrived around 8:15 am to the start of the road/trail where there were a ton of cars parked.

John Burkhart
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Little snowy in a couple spots and a few low water crossing sections. Plenty of campsites along the trail too

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Texas Ranger
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Hiking

This hike sucks. It’s literally an access road without views the entire way. Halfway you will hit a stream that is currently too high to cross due to snow melt. Waste of time.

Danielle Alvarado
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HikingRocky

Awesome trail! Overall I would say it’s on the easy side of moderate. Some snow patches but no spikes needed. Not too crowded and the trail is wide enough to social distance. If you have a 4WD you can drive pretty far up the trail to the gate, which probably takes off 2 miles.

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Roberta Donaldson
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very easy hike. definitely get there early. we left at 10 and there were cars lined up. some snowy spots but very easy for a CO hike.

Chloe Lai
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HikingMuddySnow

Easy short hike with amazing view throughout the trail! Still some snow on the trail but easy to cross. Get there early cuz it can be tricky to find spots to park

Jonathan Rogers
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Hiking

Fantastic hike! Get there early for a parking spot. Beautiful views the whole way. Still a few snow patches as of 6/20/20 but no difficulty crossing them. From the lake make your way up the 4x4 road (when looking at the lake, this is to your left). At the top of the saddle is a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and down onto Chin's Lake.

Natalie Mendik
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Hiking

Fun, easy hike! Recommend poles for water crossings & slick snow fields. The hike above the lake was amazing. Very crowded around lower lake & on road. Not sure where hikers are expected to park with all the no parking signs.

Serena Talbot
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HikingMuddyRockySnow
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Samantha Oberg
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HikingOff trail

One of my favorite hikes to do in the fall. You will need a 4x4 off terrain vehicle with high clearance to park at the lower lake or else you will have to hike all the way up the road. When you get to the lower lake, make sure you hike to the ridge above for breathtaking views!!!! This is one of the only surreal hikes in Colorado that makes you feel like you’re in another world. Easy to get lost up top, so make sure you have a digital copy of the map.

Jeremy Kuhn
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HikingSnow
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