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The Loch and Lake of Glass [CLOSED]

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Rocky Mountain National Park

The Loch and Lake of Glass [CLOSED] is a 10.1 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 April until September.

Length10.1 miElevation gain1850 ftRoute typeOut & back
FishingHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallScrambleClosedFee
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Note: As of October 2020, this area is closed due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm Rocky Mountain National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70.

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Dane Korotko
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Sarah McCarthy
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Tyler Howe
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RunningIcyRockyScrambleSnow

10/16/2020- Good trail over all- clocked it at 8.5 miles, and about 9.5 to sky pond round trip. The loch was awesome but windy, as expected in October. It was partially frozen Over due to the high winds. Easy trail to the loch. After the loch it gets steeper, and just before timberline falls, the trail becomes very steep. Timberline falls itself and the trail were very icy. We are very experienced hikers and it was difficult. At the top of the waterfall, the lake of glass was right there. However, with the winds of 80mph and Above,it was very enjoyable

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Taylor Miles
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Kym Butcher
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Jamie Mackey
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Beautiful hike. Great conditions. Very little ice at Timberland Falls.

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Ian McCue
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HikingIcy

I’m no mountaineer, but I hike a lot and this is definitely a hard hike, not moderate. It’s a steep climb after Loch Lake, but what makes it really difficult/scary is the scramble up and down the waterfall right after Timberline Falls. To be clear, you have to do the scramble to reach Lake of Glass AND Sky Pond. If you’re up for the challenge and in decent shape, you should be fine, but it is a steep climb up rocks with sketchy footing in a few spots. Just before the scramble, there are a few icy spots on an uphill part of the trail that was also made me nervous. Sky Pond is nice, but not sure it’s worth the difficulty/riskiness of the hike. A good experience, but probably won’t do it again.

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Kelly Lucis
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Hiked on Saturday 09/26/20. It was a free entry day into the park so we expected it to be crowded. We arrived at 6am and the parking lot was full, so we took the shuttle to the trailhead. The trail really wasn't that full, we saw people every few minutes but it was by no means crowded. We were on the trail no later than 730am and when we were heading back out (approx 11:00am) the traffic did start to pick up significantly. Really loved this hike. The path is very well kept and lots of great scenery along the way. Once you get to the waterfall climb that leads you to the Lake of Glass/Sky Pond, it does get more difficult. Lake of Glass was EXTREMELY windy (I could barely hold my phone in my hand to take a photo). We clocked a total of 8.65 miles, taking 4hrs.

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Tim Lab
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Trail was well marked and no ice or snow, shoot off to the left of the loch for a beautiful pond. Windy at lake of glass but hang right and sky pond right around the corner. Awesome Trail

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alka nand
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HikingIcyRockyScrambleSnow

9/11/2020 It was very snowy and ice all the way. The Loch is just Absolutely Gorgeous and the Waterfall below the lake of Glass is Amazing. Because if I've and very windy (100 m/hr) conditions we did no clamber up the rock to the lake of Glass but the frozen waterfall and the panoramic view of the snow clad mountains and expansive views from there were out of this world! the snow and ice made the hike more dangerous but ever more beautiful!

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Austin Jarrett
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Got started around 6:30am and took our time so we didn’t get done until closer to 4pm. It was my parents and me and we found it to be a little more than moderate, the last half mile up hill to the car was pretty rough. We did do a little more walking around so my Apple Watch pegged us at 13.3 miles and my mom’s Fitbit had us right under 13 miles. Besides the great views, the chipmunks and marmots will come right up to you. We had them climbing on us when we’d take breaks and they proved to be the highlight of the day. Overall great hike but based on our experience and those that we talked to on the trail I would say it’s more than moderate.

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Meda Šerėnaitė
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HikingIcyRocky

A great trail! We weren’t expecting a small waterfall “bouldering” experience at the end but we pushed through and it was a great adventure!

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Andrea Marie
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HikingGreat!MuddyScrambleSnow

The trail is beautiful and not overly difficult. The climb up the waterfall at the end may be difficult for some. The trail is starting to get snowy and muddy near the end, so be sure to wear good shoes for hiking.

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Christina Sava
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HikingIcyRockyScrambleSnow

Fun trail! Went on sep 13 and the snow was starting to pack down on the steps at the end, making for a pretty slippery way up. Lakes are gorgeous, push to the very top.

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Yulma V
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