The Loch Lake Trail

MODERATE 210 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.

13 minutes ago

It's hard to not find any of the trails beautiful in RMNP and Loch Lake will not disappoint! This is a nice place to stop and have lunch and enjoy the views. Do not stop here! Press on up to Andrew's Glacier, Glass Lake and Sky Pond. As you ascend the lakes become more aqua and the crowds thin out!

16 hours ago

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2 days ago

Great hike! Continue on to Sky Pond. Worth it.

3 days ago

great views a must see

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8 days ago

Still crowded from the Alberta Falls crowd but worth it

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11 days ago

I would say this is a highly trafficked hike, lots of people to navigate around especially in the summer on a Saturday. Though there were a lot of people the hike was a good workout, and worth the work at the top! The lake is beautiful and can be fished if desired. My advice is to start early to avoid the crowds.

11 days ago

Beautiful lake and scenery. Not too hard, but able to get a good burn in the legs.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful but fairly busy trail in RMNP. The farther you hike, the fewer people are on the trail. Only around 12 others at the lake when I was there. Still some snow near the lake but you're able to cross it with just hiking shoes. I took the Lake Haiyaha trail from the Bear Lake trailhead. After seeing that lake (only 2 other people at that lake), I took the cutoff trail that connects Lake Haiyaha to the Glacier Gorge trail and then took that up past the Loch Lake. Overall, I hiked almost 10 miles. Would rate it as a low moderate difficulty. Definitely recommend the cutoff trail. That was beautiful and only saw 2 other people on it. It goes past a couple more Lakes and several water crossings.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike! Lots and lots of people, but that's what I get for July 4th week. The crowds thinned out quite a bit on the way up. There is still some snow too, nothing to be worried about.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful views of waterfalls on the way to The Loch. The Loch itself is quite pretty as well. If looking for a longer trip, loop it with the other pools (Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, and Lake Haiyaha). Highly recommend! Get there early for nicer temps and lower foot traffic

hiking
15 days ago

This route is STUNNING. We visited RMNP for a half day during the July 4th weekend. We drove in from Denver early Sunday morning, July 2, arriving at the park around 7am. You MUST get here early to get parking; the Glacier Gorge trailhead parking lot was already full so we went further on to Bear Lake.

In the end, we hiked Bear Lake to Alberta Falls, then onward to Loch Vale. We hit snow for the first time at the Loch, but it was so minimal, we didn't worry.

The hike itself was quite easy, perhaps because of the sunny, warm (70s) day. We decided to go further toward Sky Pond. There was much more snow this way, although most of it was easily navigated. We both were in running shoes which had NO traction on ice or snow. We did not use poles, crampons, or anything but Nike running shoes. This made traversing snow harder, but honestly not bad at all. We stopped just short of Sky Pond where there was a huge snow bank that had absolutely no prior wear from other hikers. We decided that, since our runners weren't equipped for the terrain, this would be a good point to turn around. Hike back was just as beauiful and easy :)

Overall, 5 stars for scenery, I'd scale this as easy/moderate, and I'd definitely come back again to do other hikes off the Bear Lake trailhead!!

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful sights at the end of the trail, and a good amount of waterfalls on the way there. We started at Bear Lake and ended at Glacier Gorge. For a Texan who hasn't done much strenuous hiking, this one really wasn't very difficult. There was snow toward the end of the trail on July 2 - shoes with good traction are recommended.