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The Cub Lake Trail Loop was a nice, easy hike. Cub Lake was very beautiful, and the bridge at the Pool over the river was also very scenic.

My first hike to that altitude and it did not disappoint. We hiked up from the west side of the park. There was quite a bit of snow around some of the switchbacks but nothing unmanageable. The views along the way were absolutely amazing. The top was a little barren but still a great view and we had a little lunch before hiking back down. It was astonishingly warm at the top. We hiked up rather late in the afternoon, probably not the smartest idea but we got to see the sunset at the top of the mountain and that was incredible. We made it down before it got dark, but I still wouldn't recommend unless you have headlamps and extra water! I recommend the trail overall, especially hiking up from the west.

a great hike via "the pool".

A nice stroll and beautiful scene, but it was very busy.

Great family trail! Parking is limited so consider parking at the park and ride and grabbing the shuttle. Trail can be busy so remember your hiking manners!

Less trafficked gem. Hopped on this trail from Bear Lake. It was about 2 miles from Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake and then we hiked down to our car which was another 1.7 miles or so. It was a good way to do it and after Emerald Lake Trail it was much quieter in this area. Although the lake wasn’t as breathtaking as Emerald, the 180° views on the switchbacks along with the wildflowers and trees were amazing! I would recommend this trail if you’re looking for some extra trails in that area.

Nice hike. Easy with a great payoff. The falls were really flowing yesterday and it wasn't super crowded. I would recommend it to anyone who wants an easy hike or with are with a flatlander.

2 days ago

This is an absolutely beautiful hike! All the snow is pretty much melted outside about a 20 yard section that you have to cross right before getting to the lake. I would say this hike is in my top most scenic hikes!

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2 days ago

We start this loop at Bierstadt. It is one of my all time favorite loops. You get everything, lakes, beautiful views, waterfalls, and if you go early in the season great wildflowers. Short grind up from Bierstadt TH, nice run across over to Mill Creek in the trees. Real rocky section down around cub lake (burn area). Once you hit the river, you get a nice grind (rocky) up to Fern Lake. Then on to Odessa (worth the slight detour - don’t skip). Then a rocky climb up to Helene with amazing views of the surrounding mountains. From there great fast downhill back to either Bear Lake or Bierstadt. You can add additional miles by adding Flattop to the loop as an out-and-back.

Very slick slush/snow bank just before a scramble up timberline falls, would recommend shoes with some good grip, slid down the snow on my butt on my way back down with just my regular hiking boots! The scrambling was definitely the highlight of the hike for me and the challenge made the view at the end so much more rewarding! Climbing the falls was not as bad as it looked!

This was a quiet hike compared to some in the park. We started the hike around 10 with very few people on the path. As the morning went on the traffic increased. This is on my list to hike again.

Nice, relatively flat, shaded trail along the Big Thompson. Great rock formations.

Like every other review, I got the last parking spot at 8am. The hike to the Loch is easy/moderate with views here and there. The Loch itself is beautiful and a lot less windy than further up the trail. Things escalate quickly after the Loch, though - literally and figuratively. You emerge from the trees and scramble up an active waterfall to see a pristine mountain pond in a gorgeous setting. Definitely one of the best hikes in RMNP but because of the snowpack/waterfall, the short trail between the Loch and Sky Pond is more on the 'difficult' side. Round trip in 4 hours, not counting an hour long break gazing around Sky Pond with a huge dumb smile on my face. Do it!

I did this loop trail clockwise to get the hard and steep climb up, over, and then back down the ridge to get to the lake done in the first part of the morning. There was no one around; I didn't see another person until I got to the lake. Coming down the ridge to the lake is definitely for the surefooted! Finishing the loop back down from Cub Lake was a much less steep grade. I missed the turn-off at first to complete the loop: when the main trail starts to turn north, don't do it. There is an unmarked trail that takes off to the south that you want to follow. If you go North and you are wanting to finish the loop, you've gone the wrong way! The last bit to get back to the trail head is a long slog on the trail along Bear Lake Road, then you actually go past the car park and loop back around to it. It was a long hike, and very warm for the last bit, but it was a good one!

This hike was a ton of fun! This served as a great start to our RMNP hiking vacation. The hike up was challenging at times, but offered great views of Longs Peak and the Front Range. Once above the tree line, we saw several wildflowers, butterflies, birds, and marmots. Reaching the peaks was amazing! We went to the tallest peak and had a peaceful lunch over looking all the beautiful mountains. Definitely recommend this hike!

We got married at Sky Pond at a sunrise hike. It was absolutely glorious. Challenging, but rewarding. Our photographer recommended this spot and we are adventure seekers, so we knew that our RMNP would not disappoint. The lake was perfect. Columbines were everywhere. We arrived at sunrise and changed into our wedding attire. It was perfect in every way. We've heard that the park is only allowing wedding permits for certain spots, so we believe we are one of the only couples to say their vows at Sky Pond, but we would love to know if anyone else has shared this ceremony - it's a beautiful experience, especially at sunrise. Arrive early, because the park gets super busy in the summer months.

Views along the way were awesome, but the top was not that exciting. It is flat, hence the name flattop, so you do not get the sense of accomplishment of a peak on a summit hike. It was too windy to cross over to Hallett, which may have delivered that awesome feeling you get when you get to the very top of a mountain. Still recommend the hike though.

This was one of the most beautiful hikes ever. Definitely start at cub lake trail head. The climb up is easy and you get to start in the valley. We had to wait in the valley for a massive herd of Elk to move off the trail. Cub lake is gorgeous and a great place for lunch. The halo affect of the water lilies is amazing. Finally the hike down to the pool was all down hill and easy. It’s sends you meandering through burned out lodge pole pines and when we did the hike the wildflowers were out of this world.

5 days ago

This was the end of the Lake Haiyaha loop for me. It was very well maintained and as it was nearing mid-day, it was pretty crowded. Still a pretty sight and a good trail.

Got last parking spot in the lot at 8am. Fair amount of hikers on the way up. Much more crowded on the way down. Hike from Loch to Sky is great. Views from Glass make the hike worth it. Round trip in 4:15.

Hiked this 6/12/18 and this was my first big hike, it was amazing! Experienced some snow once we passed the dream lake overlook and more snow about 300 yards from the summit. I was wearing tennis shoes and the snow was manageable. It was very windy once we got out of the tree line. We experienced a 30 degree temperature change, dress in layers! There’s a fire in SW Colorado that made the view from the summit a little foggy. Overall this is a great hike with beautiful views of Longs Peak, Estes Park and the surrounding areas. Would highly recommend!

Lovely hike with enough different kinds of scenery to keep you interested. Goes from woodlands to vista views of the mountains. Still enough snow, especially right before the waterfall scramble, that I'm glad I brought trekking poles but saw people managing in tennis shoes, so. We started at 6:30 AM and got one of the last parking spots at the trailhead. Would recommend starting early anyway as the scramble at the waterfall can get backed up. (It's a short, fairly easy scramble but the amount of people we encountered going down made me a bit nervous.) GPS clocked this at closer to 10 miles over 8 hours for us, however we were making a day of it and took several extended breaks to sit and enjoy the scenery/take pictures at Alberta Falls, Loch Lake, Lake of Glass, and Sky Pond. T-shirts and pants were fine, might bring a sweater if you decide to sit up at Sky Pond as it does get cold up there.

I did this hike with my 11-year old daughter on 6/10. Arrived at the TH lot at 6:30am and got the very last parking spot. This was the best hike we’ve ever done, by far. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking! There was still quite a bit of wet/slick snow for the last mile or so, which made it a bit difficult without crampons. The trail wasn’t overly crowded on the way up, but really got packed on the way back down. The waterfall scramble was a little difficult, but not bad. It was tricky on the way down with so many people trying to get up and down. We were feeling the altitude near the top, but felt fine after a 15-20 minute stop at Sky Pond. My daughter was pretty beat by the end and needed frequent breaks for the last couple miles. I wouldn’t take my younger kids on this one. We took about 7 hours round-trip with GPS showing just under 10 miles. We were fine in t-shirts for 80% of the hike, but threw on hoodies a couple of times when it got really windy. The view looking back at Glass Lake from Sky Pond makes all the work worthwhile.

it was really snowy for over a mile hard to traverse and I lost the trail in the snow a few times. after the snow trek it gets spacious be, beautiful at the top. not for amateurs

We hiked on 6/11. If you get to the parking early enough you won’t have to fight for a spot. Be careful hiking though the snow and up to the falls that come down from the lake of glass. It’s a vertical climb and the rocks are slick. The effort is more than worth it once you make it over the edge and get to see the lake of glass and sky pond. This trail isn’t for beginners.

Beautiful hike today. The views were a bit hazy from the Durango fire, but it was still worth the trek up. The pines were extra fragrant :)

Great trail but still a lot of deep snow on the trail near Milner Pass. Hard to find the trail. We hiked from the Alpine Visitor Center and turned back when the snow got deep. Still great views in the upper section of the trail.

The entire hike has gorgeous views, loved the falls... beautiful! Hiked with a 9 year old with no problems. Definitely quieter than most but still relatively trafficked.

Very easy hike. Hammocked overnight at the top once!

Great views at the top of Longs and Estes Park area. Can be a bit steep at parts but for the most part is pretty mild. Definitely get there early as with most trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

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