The Loch Lake Trail

MODERATE 298 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
1 day 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.

2 days 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
6 days 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
6 days ago

hiking
7 days 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!

8 days ago

8 days 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.

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike! Nothing technical. We were planning on hiking lake haiyaha, but the park ranger said that there was pretty good ice cover on that trail. This trail was clear. There was snow covering the trail once you make it past loch lake. Plan for traffic delays if you are driving into town after 8 or 9. We were slow-going from Lyons through estes park and were bumper to bumper driving from beaver meadows ranger station. Parked at park and ride (it was mostly filled) and took the shuttle to the trailhead. The hike was gorgeous. We may have taken a bit longer than most because we stopped for many pictures. There are postcard photos around almost every turn!

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Absolutely beautiful spot!

Beautiful hike!

25 days ago

Amazing hike! Did this in September! Chipmunks and pretty birds... I had the loch all to myself for about an hour!

25 days ago

Great trail fairly easy great views on the way
Should continue on to sky pond

26 days ago

Let me start by saying that the trail itself is beautiful. Everything in RMNP is stunning. However, if you are not from the area be prepared to leave the trail before finishing it. The elevation makes a huge difference. Trails on this site marked "easy" were 0.3-0.8 mile loops round trip. I felt that those would be too short. Loch lake was marked "moderate" at 5 miles total, which seemed totally realistic based on my physical ability/what I normally do. Multiple reviews said the trail was finished easily and very pretty. My gf and I are not Olympians, but we enjoy hiking and do distance trails often enough. We were unable to complete the trail. We barely made it to Alberta falls, which isn't even half way. I just wanted to leave a fair review for anyone considering this trail- the beauty is not in question! But this trail is steep uphill the whole way, and definitely deserves a strong moderate/hard rating.

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful trail. Never a disappointing moment throughout.

hiking
30 days ago

Great trail! Pretty busy getting to the falls, but once past the trail gets much less crowded. Loch lake is beautiful! Lots of places to sit and take in the scenery. Also lots of great support trees for hammocks.