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hiking
1 day ago

Gorgeous fall day to do this hike. Virtually no snow anywhere on the trail. Some small patches of ice and mud but nothing major - did not need to use the microspikes at all during the hike. Made it to the upper lake where it was a bit windy, but great views both at the top and along the hike. It was 10 miles round trip, with many sections that are virtually flat or have little gain. Be prepared for about a mile of uphill at the very end of your hike. Outhouses have no TP this time of year, so bring your own ;)

Fantastic weather, excellent views. The upper half of the trail was covered in snow. We used YakTrax and had no problems. There were just a few areas where the snow was soft and our shoes sank in the snow, but no more than ankle deep. As usual the temperature range was dramatic, warm calm winds at the bottom and icy cold high winds towards the top.

off road driving
1 day ago

nice trail. did not feel nervous at all on any of the sections. some fun stretches, nice views were the loop connects. family had fun. Jeep lifted with 35s, fairly easy trail.

hiking
2 days ago

Definitely not for the faint of heart this time of year. Bring traction assistance and poles at the minimum. Wind proof clothing is a must.

100% worth the effort to get to the top of both peaks.

I ended up hiking up the road, because I didn't trust that my Ford Escape would have the clearance I need to get over the road. If you have a pickup truck, 4Runner, or Jeep though, you'll totally be fine. A ton of awesome campsites once you are up by the lake/loch.

The hike up the road isn't bad, but I don't think I would do it again. There was quite a bit of traffic going up the road, which I was walking on. Once up at the lake, I hiked up to the top of the waterfall which is definitely worth it. If I had been able to drive to the lake, I would have kept exploring the higher altitude lakes.

Great hike. I started at 9:30 and there was barely anyone on the trail on my way out to the reservoir. Some more people when I headed back though. I was going to try and hike to Chicago Lakes, but it was going to be longer than what I wanted to do today.

A little bit of ice in spots, but not bad at all. Would be great to go up soon before the snow hits. Total took about 2 hours.

Get there early to get the best parking. Take $5 for parking. Awesome views. Did this in June. Still snow and some snow boarders. Nice place. Glad we did it while in Colorado. Change in elevation makes a little harder if you are not used to the elevation.

Great hike.It's one of my favorites! This morning the trail still had packed snow and a lot of ice. We saw a few people fall. Be prepared and have good traction options with you. Windy up top, but absolutely GORGEOUS!

hiking
2 days ago

off road driving
3 days ago

Definitely a fun drive. Pretty rocky but most if it is easy. One or two sections that you might need a higher clearance vehicle for. I have a 3rd gen 4runner with a 2.5in lift so it wasn't hard. Loch Lomond lake is great and peaceful

10/14/17: started on trail about 9:30am. Parking lot was not as busy as we were expecting but definitely busier when we returned. Not many people on the trail despite a beautiful day. Some mud and small patches of snow on the trail but overall good conditions. The upper lake was very windy but still worth the hike up! 3 adults and 1 dog finished in about 4:30 with a few rest breaks.

off road driving
3 days ago

It wasn't anything special just a gravel road. There wasn't anywhere to stop and take pictures of the scenery.

hiking
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