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    Loch Lake Hike


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    The Loch Lake Hike is a stunning, well-maintained excursion into the mountain cirques of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Hike through the glacial gorge lined with vibrant aspens up to Alberta Falls before summiting the ridge to the crystalline alpine Loch Lake.

    Route Description for Loch Lake Hike

    The Loch Lake Hike is a scenic adventure in the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). If you were in search of a quiet secluded hike, then you may want to consider another trail. The Loch Lake Hike, along with the surrounding alpine lake adventures in the Glacial Gorge area are some of the most frequented hikes in the park, and there is no doubt as to why. THe Loch Lake Hike will guide you through undeniably scenic terrains up to the shimmering alpine lake, nestled between looming snow-capped peaks. Due to the high elevation of the area, you can expect snow in the autumn and winter months, so we suggest packing a pair of microspikes to help you navigate the likely icy terrain. Note that because the trail is located within the boundaries of the RMNP, visitors are required to purchase a park pass.

    Begin your adventure up to Loch Lake from the Glacial Gorge trailhead. From here, track southwest along the Glacial Gorge Trail, intersecting with Chaos Creek. Soon after your departure from the trailhead you will encounter a junction. Here stay left and maintain along the Glacial Gorge Trail and at the next intersection, keep right. Hike through the aspen grove and up to the Alberta Falls. This is a great spot to enjoy the relaxing ambiance of the cascades before beginning the final push. Merge back onto the forested route and ascend the trail along Glacial Creek.

    At the next intersection, stay right and hike along the base of the Glacier Knobs. Eventually, you will encounter another intersection; between the three trails, take the middle one and hike up to Loch Lake. From the lake enjoy the expansive views of the encompassing craggy peaks that flank the glacial gorge. The lake presents a great opportunity to dip your tired feet into the chilly waters before beginning your descent. When you are ready, simply retrace your steps along the path back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Loch Lake Hike Trailhead

    The Loch Lake Trail is accessed via the Glacial Gorge Trailhead off the Bear Lake Road.

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