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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September.
Take Hwy 36 out of Estes Park to RMNP entrance, then go to Bear Lake Road and take it to Glacier Gorge Trailhead.
Great hike, smooth until first little wall at the loch and then very hard at the Timberline falls, that I attacked straight up so to make it more harder. Walking crampons not enough for the last few feet on the Timberline for a lot of ice in a narrow and dangerous passage. I suggest good professional Ice Crampon. I did it with the walkin but on the way back I took a larger turn at right of the valley looking down.
It's worth to start very early, around 7 so you avoid softer snow later in the morning that makes your steps harder to take
2 Hours to Glass lake 4:40 roundtrip
Beautiful, beautiful and beautiful. Highly recommend. It is worth all the hiking
Absolutely stunning hike! It was very cold though at Sky Pond on July 1st 2016!! Wish I brought *waterproof* rain jacket, gloves, and shoes!
In a word, incredible. Hiked with my girlfriend. Not the easiest hike; start early in the morning, bring a lunch, wear multiple layers as it starts chilly and then warms up. Recommend going earlier in the summer rather than when we went in September as the small climb up to the pond was already iced over. 100% would do again.
Gorgeous spot but hard work to get there. Gaiters, microspikes and snowshoes came in handy. The frozen lakes are remarkable. Can't wait to see what it looks like in the summer time
This makes my top three of favorite hikes in RMNP, and I've hiked just about everything. Beautiful views, a little of everything. Make sure not to stop short when you Lake of Glass and keep going the little bit further to Sky Pond. Beautiful hike.
Absolutely gorgeous. If you're in halfway decent shape and are willing to sweat a bit then you'll enjoy it. Lots of snow and ice (frozen lakes) in the winter, but the trail was clearly marked and lots of people were out enjoying it. Definitely start this hike early in the day.
A very nice hike with several beautiful lakes and the Loch along the way. The last bit up ti Sky Pond gets a bit tricky for some. Do this hike early in the day to avoid the crowds, as it is very popular. On the way back down the trail from the Loch to the parking area was a zoo.
we did this hike at the end of October. weather was fine until we got to The Loch. then the wind picked up. once we made it over the more scrambly section leading up to the Lake of Glass, the wind and sleet started howling. had to turn back, but we'll definitely be doing it again, maybe on snowshoes. highly recommended.