The Loch Lake Trail

MODERATE 311 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

snow

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.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful trail, snowy. We wore traction and had no problem. It is icy in spots today, but mostly just a snow packed trail. Be careful not to post hole as you approach the lake; the snow is deeper than you think. We arrived at 9 and there was still plenty of parking.

hiking
19 days ago

Very beautiful scenery and hardest hike I’ve ever done! Maybe because of the altitude. Safe and easy, just rocky, icy and steep. Highly recommended for the views!

hiking
19 days ago

This was a beautiful trail! Gorgeous views the whole way up. An easy moderate for sure, but what a perfect day. Light snow on the ground and windy but didn’t even need hiking boots

hiking
20 days ago

Nice hike, not too difficult but enough gentle climbing to keep the blood flowing. Beautiful views along the way highlighted by Alberta Falls and the loch. It was snowing lightly and the trail was lightly covered but no issues. There were definitely a few slippery spots to be cautious on, however.

hiking
22 days ago

22 days ago

The trail is well-maintained and not very difficult. Nice views throughout, especially nice to walk next to the creek/stream throughout a lot of the hike. The trail was not icy enough today to need spikes or anything. The lake was frozen though.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful. Really beautiful.

23 days ago

Walked this trail at 4:30 this morning for the sunrise. It was calm, winds not too bad and not too much snow

hiking
24 days ago

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hiking
27 days ago

Walked this trail yesterday. Pretty straightforward trail, a couple of areas of impacted ice but not an issue. Almost all of the trail is sheltered from the wind, until the top. A waterfall and great views on the first part of the walk. The lake was frozen and looked magical. Highly recommended.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! If you want continuous scenery for a long hike take this trail. The rushing water and snowcapped mountains were breathtaking. Bring warm clothes and don't forget the gloves. Some icey parts as you head toward Sky Pond, cleats would be needed.

1 month ago

Absolutely breathtaking. Bring a jacket!

Awesome hike and beautiful views. A bit windy at the top but so worth it. Highly recommend for photographers.

hiking
1 month ago

Snowed intermittently during the hike. Would definitely bring layers and recommend micro spikes for some sections. You can definitely hike without spikes, but we found them reassuring :) Gorgeous hike.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike earlier today, it was beautiful!! Not technically challenging at all, but once we got to Loch Lake it started snowing and was quite icy on our way down! Alberta Falls and Loch Lake were both amazing, and fully worth the hike in the cold weather. The falling snow and the snow capped mountains made it feel surreal, but definitely bring water for the elevation!

1 month ago

1 month ago

This was a great hike, we did this one 5 days ago. We got to the Bear Lake parking lot, still had plenty of parking available, but it was windy, we almost didn't do the hike, so glad we did. Once we were in the trees there was little wind, however, the higher we climbed and the closer we got to the lake the wind was stonger. We took our time getting up there due to photo opportunities, there were icicles forming along the north side of the lake, it was so beautiful.