The Loch Lake Trail via Glacier Gorge Trail [CLOSED]

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Rocky Mountain National Park

The Loch Lake Trail via Glacier Gorge Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,072 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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
snow
15 hours ago

Great hike - strongly recommended. Arrived at 6:30 and parking was fine. Not too many people considering how wonderful the day was. Lots of shade on the trail so a good one for hot days. Beautiful waterfall and great lake. Bit of snow on path but did it fine in my average Nike's :)

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Took this trail down from Loch Lake. Nice trail, beautiful views of the falls and river. Well maintained trail. Beautiful views.

If you've got the stamina to make it to the top it is absolutely worth the effort. Shoes spikes made a huge difference but also seen people making it without. Views at the top are incredible

hiking
muddy
snow
5 days ago

Hiked on 5-28-2020 second day of RMNP reopening. One of my favorite quick hikes in the entire park. Beautiful scenery the entire way up and manageable without any traction devices. There are big spots of snow and mud left but as long as you have waterproofs boots with decent traction you should be fine. The snow was hard packed the entire way with minimal postholing

Hiked on 5/28, the day after the park reopened. Snagged one of the last parking spots at the glacier gorge trailhead, but the Park and Ride lot was absolutely empty at 8:30 am. Not too steep for much of the trek; however, the last mile or so crosses multiple contour lines and is a serious climb. Trail almost completely covered in snow for the last 1.5 miles, microspikes helped out a lot. Beautiful views, 3 alpine lakes, a waterfall, and most importantly, an entertaining journey to Sky Pond.

hiking
1 month ago

One Of My Favorite Hikes I have done In Colorado. Beautiful Views all along the way. Quite a bit of people on the trail when I Hiked back in August 2019 (forgot to review then). Hopefully it will be open soon for people to enjoy!

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

hiked on 3/18. perfect day with no wind. packed snow. micro spikes were perfect for these conditions.

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

Awesome trail with great views along the way. The lake is a beautiful place to hang out once you climb the several steep snow sections towards the end. I would not recommend trying this hike without hiking boots/ yaktracks. Saw a lot of people who were very unprepared and ended up having to turn around at a steep section before the lake. Trail was well packed down and easy to follow. Great hike for this time of year.

Micro spikes were definitely needed! Snowshoes looked to be more annoying than anything else. Super beautiful hike!

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
snow
2 months ago

This trail was awesome! Lots of snow but we were fine using Yaktrax. Tried to go further to Sky Pond, but had to turn around because we definitely needed snow shoes to get there. We ended up doing Mills Lake on the way back, which was gorgeous. The Lock and Mills Lake were relatively easy except for the inclines during the last stretch. I highly recommend both!

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

So worth the struggle today. Definitely not easy and the steep section at the end was not ideal. Very windy at the lake but breathtaking. Poles and spikes recommended with all that snow.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Always a great hike and easy to follow trail (because of use) in the winter. I always do a combo of the Loch Vale and Mills Lake because the trails are not so hard, except for the last approach to the Loch. Used spikes for a good portion of the trail but then changed to snowshoes to reach both destinations.

icy
snow
2 months ago

super fun hike. Elevation gain is moderate until the very end when it becomes pretty steep. The higher temps made the trail icy but no problem with micro spikes on. Highly recommend this trail and maybe detour on the way down over to Mills Lake for a treat day hike.

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Snow is well packed. Micro spikes and poles help, but not necessary. Show shoes not needed.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

gorgeous day today (March 5th). packed snow all the way to the lake, and low winds. We used traction, but snowshoes not required.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely amazing sight! Elk and sunshine! Did not hike this in winter, but late September.

hiking
3 months ago

i did it with mirospikes without any issue. the folks wearing snowshoes had issues with the last bit of uphill.

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