Sky Pond Trail

HARD 415 reviews

Sky Pond Trail is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1833 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Take Hwy 36 out of Estes Park to RMNP entrance, then go to Bear Lake Road and take it to Glacier Gorge Trailhead.

6 hours ago

Beautiful hike! Get there well before 8 to score parking.

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4 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in RMNP even though during the summer period weekday or weekend the roads and parking lots can be very crowded. I managed to snag a spot at Bear Lake around 1pm the first couple miles up to The Loch was very crowded but once you get pass there the foot traffic is a lot less. The first difficult part of the hike is the steep uphill about .5 miles before Lake of Glass as you have to traverse up a waterfall which can be slick in parts. This is a very beautiful area of the hike with the waterfalls and an overlook of The Loch. Once up to the Lake of Glass follow the rocks up to the right in which the trail continues i made the mistake of going left and the footpath was not really a trail and made it difficult to get through. The rock formations around Sky Pond look very prehistoric and it makes you feel like you are in a different realm, i hiked to the far end of the lake to the top of the big cliff that stretches out into the water for maximum photo opportunity. I highly recommend hiking boots with good ankle support as some of the terrain is rocky, plenty of streams for water fill up if you have a purifier, bring layers as the weather does change extremely fast in this area. Follow me on Instagram for gorgeous mountain photos @Alex.Newkirk

4 days ago

Had a blast on this hike. many different waterfalls, probably best to go on a weekday and start early. literally hiking up a waterfall was probably the best part.

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4 days ago

This is one of the best hikes I've ever done in my life. Incredible views the entire way, and the elevation change isn't overly strenuous given the long length of the trail. We started at the Bear Lake trailhead so that we could see Nymph and Dream lakes, and on the way down we diverged at the junction that takes you back down to the Glacier Gorge trailhead. All in all, it made the whole hike 12 miles instead of 9.8. If you're up for a few more miles, I would recommend this as you get to see a lot more diverse landscape.

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5 days ago

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5 days ago

A great trail with miles of brooks, waterfalls and we saw deer too. Nice flowers and birds. Trace amounts of snow Warm at the bottom and jacket cold at the top. Climbing the waterfall on ge trail is a good challenge but not to be overly feared. Hike to it. If it's too risky for you don't do it. I'm 60 and had no problem. The next week or two are probably the best in the year due to little snow and only the odd mosquito. I did not need repellent.

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6 days ago

Great hike. Start early or the rain and hail will come. Its a steady incline up and then a scramble up the falls and some bouldering to the lakes. Id call this the low side of hard though. Logged abt 9 miles and took us about 5 hrs with a few stops and lunch. Also, be courteous at the falls when people are going up/down- that was a huge problem and many people were impatient. Overall a beautiful hike! Bring layers- it was windy and chilly at the top!
Also--- had to park at the lot, quick bus trip to the trailhead. There are only abt 8 spots at the trailhead.

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7 days ago

Fun hike, be aware of the weather and pack accordingly. From Bear Lake round trip 4.5 hours with a stop for a snack. Beautiful views, fairly easy hike until the falls then a good scramble to the top. Highly recommend.

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7 days ago

Everything about this hike was perfect! The sounds of flowing water and the sweet smell of pine trees along the entire hike made it so peaceful. We started at 7:45 and got back at 12:30. The hike was really great with so many different water features to stop at, including 2 waterfalls and 3 lakes. The hike was moderate up until the last mile or so, but it was well worth the challenge of climbing up the waterfall! It was fairly crowded, which was no surprise to me for a Saturday, but I'd recommend arriving early regardless. I've read a lot of reviews about parking at glacier gorge, but parking at the other lot was almost the same distance away.

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