Mills and The Loch Lakes Hike
Adventure into Colorado’s high-country along the Mills and The Loch Lakes Hike. This trail will guide its intrepid adventurers past a cascading waterfall up to alpine lakes flanked by impressive snow-dusted peaks.
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Route Description for Mills and The Loch Lakes Hike
If you are seeking a demanding Rocky Mountain adventure, the Mills and The Loch Lakes Hike is for you! This trail possesses the perfect ratio of strenuity and scenery as it ascends high into a mountain cirque. Make sure you are acclimated to the area’s high altitude prior to attempting this excursion and ensure to pack plenty of water! Also, remember to check the forecast prior to your ascent to mitigate the chances of getting caught in an afternoon storm. Don’t forget to purchase your Rocky Mountain National Park pass to access the network of trails.
Departing from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, follow the path over Chaos Creek, and at the junction, keep left. Hike the Glacier Gorge Trail up to Alberta Falls. Pass the cascades and hike along the Glacier Creek up to the next intersection. From here, keep left tracking past Glacier Falls up to Mills Lake. Revel in the unassuming beauty of the alpine lake and return to the intersection after exploring the lake’s shores.
From the junction, take a sharp left and ascend the path to The Loch Lake. Admire the shimmering lake which is flanked by looming peaks. Appreciate the grandeur of the Colorado wilderness, and when you are ready to return, retrace your steps along the Glacier Gorge Trail back to the trailhead.
Getting to the Mills and The Loch Lakes Hike Trailhead
The Mills and The Loch Lakes Hike departs from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead off Bear Lake Road.
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