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The Loch Lake Trail via Glacier Gorge Trail

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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.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 1,072 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

No dogs

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Getting There

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. 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.

Take Hwy. 36 out of Estes Park to the RMNP entrance, then go to Bear Lake Rd.,drive it to the Glacier Gorge Th.

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Bri Melton
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HikingBugsGreat!RockySnow

More beautiful than I expected!! Not to hard, the last half mile had me catching my breath. I would suggest shoes with ankle support if you are not super comfortable on rocks.

Julian Campos
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

My BMI is a little high but I still made it to the sky...... pond that is. Bring bug spray

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Jonathan Greer
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Hiking

Great hike! We got there around 2:15 and there was plenty of parking at the trailhead. It was a little crowded leading to Alberta Falls (also not a lot of mask wearing) but it clears up a bit after that. The lake was beautiful and well worth the trip.

Daniel Whitten
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Hiking

Really beautiful with amazing variety. The section from Loch Lake through the end is particularly incredible. Moderate until the end where you scramble a waterfall. Some shade at midday but best to start early.

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Christina Chen
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Annmarie A.
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HikingBugsIcyRockyScrambleSnow

This was such an amazing trail. I started up at Bear lake around 6:50am and came down to start since Glacier Gorge was already full at the time. Not to many people on the way up, but lots coming down. The only part of the trail that I would rate as difficult is the scrambling up the water fuel right before Lake of Glass. Luckily I watched a couple go up so I knew where to go through the falls at. And in between Lake of Glass and Sky Pond the trail was a bit hard to find at first, but once I found it was was fine. 10/10 definitely would absolutely hike this again!

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Payne Curlin
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Hiking

Favorite trail so far. The hike up the mountain was shaded in enough places to provide a break. The views at the lake made the trip more than worthwhile and the water was crisp even in early July. I had a 12:00 PM reservation and was at the trailhead by 12:30. Didn’t see too much traffic past the falls, but it never felt crowded.

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Steven Murphy
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Amanda Will PowerFitness
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my favorite lake ever. must do. intermediate hike but you should be physically fit to attempt it.

Dani Ang
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

This was my favorite trail at RMNP (second being Chasm Lake) - scenic views along the trail (lots of lakes and falls), pretty shaded most of the way, and pretty easy trail. The last part of the trail is where it gets challenging with climbing up the waterfall but it was worth it seeing Glass Lake and Skypond at the top. Definitely recommend going to this one early because it’s a popular hike!

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Brian Andrew
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Hiking

Great Trail, for the first mile it can be a little annoying with overcrowding. Started at 2PM finished at 8PM. Make sure to stop at the loch for pics

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Erin Sturm
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HikingRocky

great hike. going up the waterfall is a unique challenge

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Brent Stenzel
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Hiking

Amazing views all along the way! Hiked on July 2nd. Quite a popular trail we started at 5:50 and finished around 12:45. Lots of fun and challenge along the way. The scramble up timberline falls is a bit tricky. Snow just below the falls is slick. My wife ended up sliding down the snow bank below timberline falls on her butt. It wasn’t intentional but we all got a good laugh and she though it was fun. We had poles and they are help on this trail. We tried the fire trail on the way back to cut down on distance but it was a very rough trail with a lot of loose rock and rocks sticking up making for much more strenuous descent on already tired knees and ankles. This one will demand a lot but give a lot back in return. I highly recommend this trail.

Valerie Doubleday
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HikingIcyRocky

Hiked this on Monday, June 29th. Got to the park a little after 8am and both Bear Lake and Glacial Gorge lots were full. We caught a shuttle from the park and ride. Waited in a long line for about 25 minutes and at this time I was wondering if it was worth the trouble. Nice trail passes by Alberta Falls but crowded most of the way. We first went to Mills Lake, then Loch, from there we went Lake Haiyaha and continued down by Dream Lake, Nymph Lake and got the shuttle back at Bear. The was a little snow field at Loch, poles are helpful but not necessary if you have good boots (it was pretty slippery). All the lakes were beautiful, water crystal clear, lots of fish. The trail was a steady incline but not too steep. Some beautiful falls along the way. Yes, the long line and crowds were worth this trip!

Lauren Rogers
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Hiking

Great trails, views are phenomenal!

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Lindsay M
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Hiking

Beautiful!! Hike was definitely worth it. We hiked from Bear Lake parking lot to the Loch Lake. Round trip (with picture taking, a quick stop for lunch) took us about 4.5 hours. Even saw an elk!

Tristan Beyer
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HikingSnow

Hiked this today, 06/28/20, with my wife. Started the hike about 1230. Shuttle was the only option to get to the trailhead. Trail was full to Alberta Falls. A little snow on the way to The Loch, minimal. More snow as you made it to Lake of Glass, less people too. The trail itself was beautiful. What was even better was the waterfall. Excellent climb, slippery and challenging. Take your time if you venture up to that point. We used proper footwear and trek poles. Others were in run down tennis shoes. I would not recommend going to Sky Pond. Not worth it in my opinion. Great views all the way up.

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