Bear Lake Trailhead The Loch

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Bear Lake Trailhead The Loch

Bear Lake Trailhead: The Loch Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Loch is a beautiful mountain lake that’s easy to access and popular to photograph. The scenic trail takes hikers past Alberta Falls and away from the Bear Lake and Glacier Gorge Trailhead crowds. The trail can get very warm, so this is a good hike to do when it is overcast or a little bit cool.

From the Bear Lake Trailhead, cross the wooden bridge and take a left turn. The trail is paved and heads downhill. After about 100 yards, take another left and the trail gradually turns to dirt, but it is so well maintained that you never really notice the difference. After a while, Bear Lake Road is visible on the left, across the river. Bear right uphill as the trails intersect, and follow the signs to Alberta Falls. Stop at the overlook of Alberta Falls, or continue to follow the trail uphill to get better views."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
9,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,200 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park
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