Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge Trail

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Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge 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
1683 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.

hiking
7 days ago

Stunning views, especially while standing in the middle of the frozen lakes/ponds. Crampons are necessary. A friend and I both completed the hike without them but our bodies were overworked from slipping on ice or falling through 2-3 feet of snow. Gaiters are also a very good idea unless you like changing your socks when it’s 10 degrees. Definitely worth the struggle and if you can fit ice skates in your pack, you could have some fun on the lakes!

hiking
9 days ago

Get Crampons!!! Don’t do the hike without them. Total time was 7 hours, the majority of the time was spent going up because we were slipping everywhere without the crampons. The trail is very icy with some spots of softer powder. I’d also recommend getting gaiters because you can step in thigh deep snow. All the lakes are absolutely beautiful. We walked across each one. Start early and enjoy!

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10 days ago

Great trail. Hardest part is a short scramble up a snow covered frozen waterfall. Really worth the hike as there are some spectacular views.

hiking
11 days ago

Loved every moment of this hike, even getting caught in the snow and the rain! The first part was just a little crowded, but not bad, and it thinned out the further we went. We stopped for a munch and some pictures at Lake of Glass, it was so amazing. Toward to top, near Sky Pond, there was a tiny scale up some rocks that was a little scary because it was wet, but it's really not as bad as it looks! And the pond is so well worth it- it started to snow at the very top which was so beautiful. Take a lot of water- the end is a challenge but gorgeous and fun. There's a lot of different views- beautiful trees, lakes, valleys... LOVED IT.

hiking
22 days ago

Incredible hike with so many things to see. Lake of Glass and Sky Pond are stunning. You absolutely need spikes or crampons to get to the last two lakes, the route is so slippery that even my spikes couldn’t hold in some places. Tried to stick to the rocky parts but we couldn’t avoid ice. The last part of the climb up the falls is nearly vertical and solid ice. Not for the faint hearted... but worth it!

hiking
23 days ago

Had a blast, getting to the loch is easy. Great hike. You can get about a mile from sky pond before I recommend using crampons or spikes. Really icy.

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1 month ago

This is a Six Star (out of Five) Trek! As all things mountain, your experience will somewhat be weather dependent. Beautiful, glorious and all the other superlatives. Also, long enough and hard enough to make it physically and mentally rewarding for the intermediate hiker. Nothing technical though for the advanced. Well worth doing every time you are in RMNP.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely breathtaking. The final climb to Sky Pond was icy and can be dangerous for inexperienced hikers. The views are some of the best I've seen in the park.

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