The Loch Lake Trail

MODERATE 173 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.

hiking
10 hours ago

Beautiful view along the trail and at the finish. The last mile offers many switch backs before the loch but it is totally worth it. Family friendly, a bit crowded but I would do it again. I took my niece and sister visiting from the south and everyone felt great at the end.

hiking
1 day ago

A solid hike in RMNP. The last 75 yards is pretty snowy, still but the lake view is well worth it.

2 days ago

Super busy weekend foot traffic. Snow only at the very end of the trail.

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3 days ago

The scramble over snow the last little bit was more than worth it. The views are amazing. Done on June 22.

Did this on June 11th. Views were amazing the entire time! Highly recommend this trail.

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7 days ago

More easy to moderate especially for fit, experienced hikers but a well maintained trail and fun time of year to go with just a few hundred yards of snow remaining to get to the lake. Wish we could have continued on to sky pond but were warned there was continued snow up that way. At a leisurely pace and stopping for lunch at the lake it took about four hours round trip. Get there by 9 or the lot fills up. Park and ride shuttle is an option.

8 days ago

Very easy hike up to the loch. There's also a waterfall en route that's pretty incredible with the snow melt. We did this on our way up to Sky Pond. On the way back down the trail was a lot more crowded but with families. Lots of kiddos hiking this one no problem. Would definitely recommend as a hike that offers a lot of cool views without a ton of effort.

8 days ago

Excellent trail. Still about 100 yards or so of snow pack at the end. I like taking people from out of state up here for the sheer beauty of it. The final mile is pretty much all gentle up hill. The parking lot fills up fast. We arrived at 630am on a Saturday and there were only 2 spots left. Take the bus if its full.

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