Timberline Falls and Sky Pond Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews
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Timberline Falls and Sky Pond Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked loop 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, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2283 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

no dogs

We did not head up past the loch but the rest of this loop was great. Few key things from this today:
-we parked down at glacier (the parking lot before bear lake) and started at that trail head early around 7, hardly anyone on the trail.
-trail is clear up past Alberta falls but you quickly realize you should have brought spikes for the rest of the trail.
-past the loch is apparently really sketchy without poles and spikes (which is why we didn't go that far) so make sure you plan ahead.
-the trail from the loch to lake haiyaha switches from mud to 3ft of snow and it's challenging. Doable, but challenging. Again, hardly anyone on the trail so you have time to slide around and get up to the lake.
-the trail from haiyaha to dream lake was garbage the last mile. The trail is completely covered in 4+ ft of snow and was impossible to do at the last switch back. We sort of headed down south the side and finally found the next part of the trail to be met with more snow pack. Slip 'n slide method seemed to work for me at this point.
-the trail from dream lake up to emerald is snow mush and muddy, makes it a little interesting to do with how many people use that trail but very doable without poles or spikes. We stopped for lunch at emerald lake which is partially still frozen.

All around still an awesome trail loop and great views, just be ready to roll around in the snow a bit. We still did 9 miles without going past the loch and had a great time, I included pics of the snow situation above :)

hiking
11 days ago

My group had a hard time finding the trail in the snow past the Loch. We had to turn back due to thunderstorm/lightning. The Loch was beautiful! We were close but did not quite reach the falls. I guess we will try again next time! We definitely made good use of microspikes/yaktrax and hiking poles on this trail in early June.

19 days ago

I stopped here to admire the falls on the way to Sky Pond trail. Untouched beauty!

3 months ago

snowshoeing
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9 months ago

Amazing! got to the parking lot at 530am... it was half way full. AMAZING hike! watch out for extreme weather changes

hiking
9 months ago

Fantastic half-day hike in Rocky Mt. National Park. Start early, saw hundreds (not exaggerated) of people heading up as I was heading down. I included Emerald Lake Trail and hit that one first, than Lake Haiyaha , The Loch, Lake of Glass, and the last was Sky Pond. Lots of wildlife and people on this one, it is a stunna.

hiking
10 months ago

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10 months ago

10 months ago

First 3/4 of this trail was easy but once you get close to Timberline falls it gets difficult. This was by far the most scenic beautiful trails I've been on! Make sure you go past the calls to sky pond too!

hiking
10 months ago

Wonderful views. A little scary climbing up the waterfall. So glad we did. This took us 4 hours to get from Glacier Gorge Trailhead to the falls. Make sure you bring mosquito Repellent otherwise they will chase you up the trail :)

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

We went from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead down to the Loch and continued from there to Timberline Falls, but did not continue up to Lake of Glass or Sky Pond. The Loch is absolutely beautiful and definitely worth the hike by itself. Timberline Falls is also quite impressive. You get amazing views of the surrounding rock walls and it's incredible how much snowpack is still around up there even in mid-July. A word of advice: wear mosquito repellent on this hike during the summer. There are swarms of mosquitoes from the Loch onwards and they are relentless. Overall a fantastic hike with great sights to see and a good physical challenge without being too difficult or long.

11 months ago

This moderately challenging hike offers a lot of variety, from canyon and tundra to lush forested paths along the creek. Spectacular lakes along the way. The ascent gets challenging toward the falls, but it's doable for any intermittently skilled hiker. It does require climbing up a 20 ft rock bed at the end but it's no big deal. One piece of advice for summer hikers: : bring bug spray! Lots of mosquitoes and gnats. The only places to picnic sans bugs are the dry areas below the Loch, or at the falls area.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago