Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge Trail [CLOSED]

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge Trail [CLOSED] is a 8.1 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: 8.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,765 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. (https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm)

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icy
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11 days ago

Great hike on Memorial Day of 2019! One of my favorite hikes. Hiking up the waterfall was amazing!

hiking
29 days ago

Awesome, and somewhat challenging!

hiking
1 month ago

An extension of the Loch/ Lake of Glass hike. The Rock Scramble to get to Sky Pond can be icy and slippery (hiked August 2019) but well worth the view at the top. Saw some Beautiful Elk during this hike. Pretty heavily trafficked on weekends, definitely recommend going during the week. Hopefully will be open soon!

hiking
1 month ago

We did this trail in July of 2019 (updating my completed list). We got to the bottom of the waterfall / scramble, and turned around there. Proud we made it that far! One of the most hiked trails in the country for a reason!

hiking
2 months ago

I enjoyed the trail in early spring in 2019. The trail was really great, and I made a youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqPIxOFcJ5Y

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snow
2 months ago

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icy
2 months ago

Micro spikes a must to get to top—climb to get to sky pond is very icy. Doable, amazing hike

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snow
2 months ago

Parked at Glacier gorge trailhead at 9 am with plenty of spots left. Completed this hike last summer but today was my first in the winter months. Incredibly worth it! Used miscrospikes the entire way and had no trouble at all as the trail was very packed down. A little less so on the short section between the Lake of Glass and Sky Pond but very doable. If you reach the Loch, and Lake of Glass and have trouble finding your way, I'd recommend just walking on the lakes directly across hugging the edge on whichever you choose (left for Loch and right for Lake of Glass is probably best). We went to Mill Lake on the way back with is well worth it too!

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icy
scramble
snow
2 months ago

Trail is pretty well packed in. I only took microspikes and was able to make it all the way up. Only post holed between Lake of Glass and Sky Pond, which is a pretty short section. Would have been nice to have an ice axe on the waterfall pitch right before Lake of Glass. As always while hiking in the mountains, bring a small pack with extra layers. It gets windy and cold up near the top.

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icy
snow
2 months ago

Great hike! Lake was amazing...frozen in time Mostly used micro spikes for the hike but, did use snow shoes in spots. Totally worth the effort

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icy
snow
2 months ago

Was able to make it up to Sky Pond with just spikes and an ice axe, brought snowshoes but never out them on. Wind was surprisingly calm. Got to the pond at 8:30am and had the whole place to myself. Awesome winter hike.

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snow
2 months ago

2 months ago

hiked this in August 2018. just an incredibly unique trail with views the whole way. I'm from FL so not an avid hiker. This trail was the perfect balance of challenging, without being dangerous.

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icy
rocky
scramble
snow
3 months ago

My favorite hike. Stunning views, loads of snow and the lakes are beautiful. Made it past Sky Pond up about another 200 feet or so.

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

Trail packed until Loche Lake and then it was a few people continuing on in the morning. Made it up in 2.5 hours. Super windy at the lakes which made it quite cold but okay when in tree coverage. The waterfall area was definitely sketchy and I went further left and crossed some avy terrain. I didn’t need my crampons or ice axe - possibly could have if stuck closer to the waterfall. Very worth it but exhausting none the less. Be safe and consider consequences.

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blowdown
rocky
scramble
snow
3 months ago

Incredible hike. Microspikes are a must, snowshoes are a plus. Trail is find-your-own-way in some parts, and the high winds can blow away your tracks, so keep your bearings and sense of direction in mind. The waterfall scramble isn't too bad though. If you plan to spend any time at Sky Pond, aim for making it to the Loch by 1:30pm.

hiking
3 months ago

Made an attempt back in October, 2019. I have done this one a lot and there is always a lot of wind up at the lakes. We decided to turn back after reaching the Loch. Here's a video from the trip! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHq78aZq940

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