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Rocky Mountain National Park - Loch Vale: Glacier Gorge to Sky Pond

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Distance: 9.1 miles


Out and back day trip in RNMP, traveling up Loch Vale. Begins at Glacier Gorge parking lot, then proceeds to Alberta Falls, The Loch, Glass Lake, and Sky Pond. Amazing views!

Great out and back day trip.  Began at Glacier Gorge parking lot (get there early, we were there by 8:30 and lot was already starting to fill up), and proceeded past Alberta Fallas, then to The Loch, Glass Lake, and finally Sky Pond (~2000 foot elevation gain in ~4.5 miles).  We did this trip in mid June, and there was a lot of snow in stretches starting just past The Loch.  To get up to Glass Lake, there's a rock scramble that was a little dicey due to snow and ice - not recommended for beginners or those with a fear of heights.  I'd highly recommend continuing all the way up to Sky Pond to see the marmots playing in the rocks and scrub brush.

The beginning part of this trip was quite crowded, though with each landmark they start to thin out more and more.  There were probably 25 people at Alberta Falls, but by the time we made it to Glass Lake there were only a handfull left - Sky Pond was even more isolated.  It gets quite cold and windy the higher you go, so be sure to dress accordingly.

Highly recommend this trip - absolutely stunning views the entire length of the trail, with a good mix of scenery.  Even though it's a simple out and back trip, one can turn around at any point if needed you'd still have seen some great sights.

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