Hike to Loch Lomand

4.6 Miles Round Trip - 948 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Loch Lomond - Search Nearby - Added by Kaitlyn Janak

This is a phenomenal hike about 1 hour outside of Denver that lets you truly escape into the mountains!

When you start the hike to Loch Lomond, you'll have a few options for parking. The further up the road you go the trickier it's going to be to get back out. I parked at the bottom of the road and hiked my way up.

The first mile or two is mostly elevation gain and to be quite honest I thought I was going to die a few times. Still getting used to the elevation of CO is something I hope to someday look back on and laugh. Once you make it up the hill, the views are absolutely breathtaking, best part is you haven't even made it to the lake so you'll have phenomenal views to come!

I did this trail in early June and the snowmelt was pretty intense, there were some parts of the trail that were completely submerged so bring waterproof boots or some Tevas to throw on for the watered down areas.

You'll get to a valley area that truly makes you feel like you've walked straight into a scene from "The Sound of Music". Once you reach this point, you're about .5 mile from the lake.

When you reach your destination there is a trail that leads you to the opposite side of the lake. There are also plenty of spots to set up a picnic. Take some time up here to truly enjoy the beauty of the area, the waterfall, valley, lake, and mountains all come together to truly give you a soul filling experience!


Dog Friendly


4.6 Miles
948 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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