Loch Lomond Trailhead

Winter Park, Colorado

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Loch Lomond’s access road has a mellow grade offset by thousands of suspension-shaking rocks. SUVs and tough SUCs can make the trailhead without too much trouble; strong tires will boost your confidence. From the loch, enjoyable rolling slopes pass by several lovely lakes before topping off at 13,250-foot Mount Bancroft. James Peak and Parry Peak are also good options from this area. Getting up to James Peak is straightforward—there is a trail directly from Loch Lomond all the way up. Despite the low mileage, this is a tough day due to the elevation gain. If you’re up for more though, you can add on Kingston Peak (likely before summiting James) though James–Bancroft is more than enough for most people. Even an out-and back up James Peak alone is a fine day.
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by James Dziezynski (Wilderness Press)

Loch Lomond’s access road has a mellow grade offset by thousands of suspension-shaking rocks. SUVs and tough SUCs can make the trailhead without too much trouble; strong tires will boost your confidence. From the loch, enjoyable rolling slopes pass by several lovely lakes before topping off at 13,250-foot Mount Bancroft. James Peak and Parry Peak are also good options from this area.

Getting up to James Peak is straightforward—there is a trail directly from Loch Lomond all the way up. Despite the low mileage, this is a tough day due to the elevation gain. If you’re up for more though, you can add on Kingston Peak (likely before summiting James) though James–Bancroft is more than enough for most people. Even an out-and back up James Peak alone is a fine day.

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Activity Type: Climbing, Hiking
Nearby City: Winter Park
Distance: 5.3-5.6 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 5-7 hours
Class: Class 2
Season: Best June to September
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Loch Lomond Trailhead

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