Sky Pond Trail

HARD 542 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 September until October.

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

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

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.

3 minutes ago

Amazing hike . Good workout . Couldn’t get all the way up to sky pond in October because there is an ice waterfall/ steep rock climb where shoe spikes would be most helpful. Pretty dangerous to attempt without because descent is difficult . Lots of snow on trail. I hiked in tennis shoes and was ok. Watch out for ice . Views are worth it! Alberta falls and loch lake are beautiful!

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11 hours ago

Unfortunately we couldn't make it all the way to Sky Pond. We reached the point where the trail splits behind Loch Lake, but after that the inclines were steep and solid ice. BEAUTIFUL hike though. Even if you can't make it all the way, everything is stunning to see, especially Loch Lake. Up to where we stopped I would rate this trail as Moderate. I believe it is rated Hard for everything past the lake. Enjoy!

1 day ago

Went yesterday and we started very early. The hike is not hard but the ice on the trail make it difficult. No words to describe the beautiful towering Canyon enchanted by gorgeous Lake Loch. We tried Sky pond but did not make it due to icy trail and we don’t crampons. Will definitely coming back this summer.

1 day ago

Doable! Make sure to bring your micro spikes , especially for the short frozen waterfall climb

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4 days ago

Wife and I took the kids (11 and 12) last weekend and it was amazing. Had to start at the bear lake trailhead since glacier gorge was full by 0730. Bear lake has plenty of parking and doesn't add much to the hike. The views were absolutely stunning at every turn. We made it all the way to the frozen falls well above the loch before the trail became extremely icy and snow covered. The kids were loving it but we thought it best to stop, take in the view, and head back down. Stopped and ate lunch at the loch on the way back down. We took our time so round trip was nearly 8 hours. We will be returning to RMNP to explore again.

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4 days ago

Even if you just make it to Loch Vale Lake the hike is worth it, it's absolutely gorgeous. I think this Trail is rated "hard" because of the last mile hike to Sky Pond at the very end. I'd say the first 4 miles before that are pretty moderate in difficult, pretty rocky throughout. The entire hike is gorgeous and great for people of all ages.

5 days ago

An awesome trail, the views are amazing. Couldn't make it to sky pond, the ice was to dangerous.

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7 days ago

An awesome hike - easily one of the best I’ve ever been on. Not too difficult, was able to go up and down at a steady pace in about 5.5 hours.

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9 days ago

The waterfall scramble is all ice so microspikes would be very helpful.. the winds were super strong at lake of glass so couldn't continue to sky pond but the views were absolutely amazing!

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13 days ago

Great trail and a great time of year to go. Have been meaning to do this one for sometime and finally did. The waferfall aspect of this hike was very exciting and did not disappoint.

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13 days ago

I've hiked more than enough trails in RMNP and this is by far my favorite! It is not for the faint of heart, our trackers had us at 12 miles at the end of the hike. Be sure to bring plenty of fuel to finish the hike, we made the mistake of only bringing a few snacks. You hit loch vale, lake of glass, and follow the cairn to the right of the lake up the boulder and will find the trail to sky pond! If you get to lake of glass it is so worth the few extra minutes to get to sky pond. The waterfall you have to climb is not too bad, but would be much more difficult with snow. Depending on how much snow is up there now, you will probably need yak tracks at the least at this point if you want to make it all the way to sky pond. Do yourself a favor and take this hike sometime soon or in the spring, it will not disappoint!

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14 days ago

Awesome, challenging hike. If you're set on reaching Sky Pond (final landmark on the trail), be prepared to get creative and scale some rocks up to the top. Be careful in the fall / winter months for ice along the trail's highest elevations

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14 days ago