The Loch Lake Trail

MODERATE 128 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 we saw the water careening down the canyon so freely, We decided to hop over to the opposite side of the stream and scale rocks and ledges most of the way to capture most of the beautiful shots that we were able to. Once you make your way to The Loch, you will experience some of the pristine beauty that the Rocky Mountains hold. It was amazingly breathtaking to see the canyon and surroundings once we got there! You can get a view of a Andrew's Glacier.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful views! It was cold and snowy when our small group went. We didn't walk the whole thing. Once we got to the top of the first little mountain, (about halfway) we decided it was too windy and cold. Be careful of your footing until the snow is gone, there are a few tight spaces where you could easily roll down the mountain. Stunning!

10 days ago

easy and pass Alberta falls on the way, good winter foothill hiking

11 days ago

Soooo amazing. Breathtaking views. Be careful when it's this time of year and snowy and icy. Snowshoes recommended. Didn't bring any and just had sneakers. We made it okay but made for lots of slips and coming down was difficult

hiking
11 days ago

I've done this trail in both summer and winter conditions. It's gorgeous any time although when covered in snow, it can get slick or slushy. I used yaktraxs today which were incredibly helpful! The winter route is steep going up and slippery going down. I definitely prefer the summer route. The views along the trail and at the end make t all worthwhile though!

hiking
11 days ago

This is a great hike! Currently the trail is covered in snow, could use snowshoes or shoe spikes, but I managed with just my boots. Lake is beautiful when frozen! For more trail details and tips check out my blog: https://goo.gl/oIQBIw

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1 month ago

Nice trail, well worth the effort on the final push up. It was steep and slippery but microspikes made it doable. If you're heading past Loch to Sky Pond I recommend snowshoes or deep crampons. It gets incredibly difficult going up timberline falls. It's frozen, steep and icy. I got stuck about half way up and had to throw on snowshoes. Made it much easier, I just wish I had threw them on before attempting the climb up. I saw a couple of people make it with just microspikes but they were having a really hard time trying not to slip down. It was WELL worth the effort though!

1 month ago

Hiked 3-17-2017 in snow boots and only used snowshoes for the final uphill just before you approach the lake. Can be icy in the am and slushy afternoons right now, which makes crampons a perfect addition.

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult in the latter half for new hikers, but very worth the views at the end. Definitely recommend even for beginners - doable at a slower pace. Will definitely be back

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Awesome hike! Well worth the effort at the end uphill!!! Snowshoes was a must, although few did have sneakers on and were able to SLOWLY make it up and over. Extremely beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. Will do again once snow melts to view the difference!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, stunning destination. This is my second time doing this trail. I first did this trail in late February 2016, and was able to use the "Winter" route, which essentially
leads you up a frozen waterfall. My boyfriend and I attempted to do the winter route today, but became a bit spooked by some holes in the ice. As it's almost mid March, I highly recommend taking the summer route, which AllTrails will lead you to, anyway. Windy at the top, but utterly gorgeous. This remains my favorite winter RMNP hike!

snowshoeing
1 month ago