The Loch Trail is an out-and-back, 5.6-mile roundtrip hike to a pristine lake named The Loch that’s surrounded by towering mountains. Icy Brook and Andrews Creek, both originating from glaciers on the Continental Divide to the west, feed the 10,190-foot-high lake. The popular hike, reached by Glacier Gorge and Loch Vale Trails, follows a wide trail that’s well marked and easy to follow. The Loch is a perfect destination to relax on boulders along its edge or cast a fishing line for brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. Expect great views west up Loch Vale to 13,153-foot Taylor Peak. The lake is heavily visited so stay on the trail and don’t trample grass and fragile plants off the trail. After enjoying The Loch’s scenic views, continue west on the trail to Glass Lake and Sky Pond. The trail gains 1,062 feet of elevation round-trip. Allow three to five hours for the hike.
Recommended season(s): June to September is best.
–Stewart M. Green