The Loch Lake Trail

MODERATE 257 reviews

The Loch Lake Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1102 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. Once you make your way to The Loch, you will experience some of the pristine beauty that the Rocky Mountains hold. The view of the canyon and surroundings once you arrive is breathtaking. You also get a view of Andrew's Glacier.

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1 day ago

2 days ago

just amazing. went last summer, its truly a magical destination. explore the lake and the run-off ponds when you get to the loch

4 days ago

Amazing! One of the best hikes we have ever been on! Waterfalls all the way leading up to Loch Lake.

hiking
4 days ago

Awesome hike! Pretty strenuous near the end but totally worth it and you forget how tired you are once you see the Loch! Wish we would have had time to continue on to Sky Pond but it was nearing late afternoon. Next time!!

Bring lots of water and plan ahead so you can take plenty of time to enjoy the amazing scenery.

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9 days ago

An amazing hike! 3 miles to Loch Lake and 3 miles back. Very gradual incline the whole hike, with a few switchbacks closer to the end. The last 0.8 miles to the lake gets a little steeper but the views at the end of it are SO worth it. Very high chance of seeing wildlife on this trail.

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11 days ago

12 days ago

Fun trail. Well maintained with great views all along the trail. Saw tons of wild life. Would recommend continuing on at least to Glass Lake. Views from the top of the falls were incredible. Go early for parking or take the shuttle if you're starting late.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Amazing trail! Is so far my favorite trail that my husband and I have done! Beautiful views! I would put this trail at the higher end of moderately trafficked we saw tons of people especially as we were coming down the trail around 11. Make sure to get to the trail head early as there is limited parking and it fills up FAST, we got there at 7:30am and had to park below and walk up. Total in and out took about 3.5 hours. Easy incline - the steepest part is the last .8 miles to the lake. Wish we would have had time for sky pond, next time! Overall I loved this hike and would recommend it.

hiking
17 days ago

This hike is great. You get a little bit of everything! Waterfalls, multiple lakes, wildflowers, wildlife. It was a relatively easy hike. I highly recommend heading up to Sky Pond! It isn't much further than the lake. If you don't go all the way up to Sky Pond you have to at least go the extra 20 minutes up to the waterfall. It's GORGEOUS! There is a little bit of an elevation gain but nothing terrible.

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17 days ago

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hiking
18 days ago

Quite simply, the most beautiful place I've ever been. The hike to the Loch climbs steadily up Glacier Gorge and there is a lot to see and enjoy along the way. A peak experience!

18 days ago