Timberline Falls and Sky Pond Trail

MODERATE 37 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

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1 month ago

One of the most amazing experiences ever. Be prepared to climb a waterfall.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

A lot of fun. Pretty casual until you get to the snow. Have to scale if you want to get to the two lakes at the end of the trail. Really fun with amazing views

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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
2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

5 months ago

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9 months ago

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10 months ago

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11 months ago

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