Hike to Sky Pond



10 miles

Elevation Gain

1780 ft

Route Type


Added by Ryan Dewane

Incredible views of Rocky Mountain National Park. Escape all the main crowds below and be in complete solitude. 3 unique and beautiful lakes - The Loch, Glass Lake, and Sky Pond. Camping is available at all 3 lakes if you overnight but it is certainly doable in one day.

Start at the Glacier Gorge trailhead on Bear Lake Road. Parking is limited so it is advised to get there very early. It's a longer hike so plan on taking a full day to complete or stay overnight to enjoy more of the scenery.

Within the first mile on the Glacier Gorge Trail you will pass by Alberta Falls which is a really popular tourist destination. Continue past this to get to the really good stuff and ditch the crowds, looking for and following the junction to Loch Trail. About another 2 miles later you should reach the Loch which is the most scenic and largest lake of the three. You'll find the best campsites here. Continue past Loch Lake and begin a somewhat strenuous climb up to Glass Lake as the Loch Trail turns into Sky Pond Lake Trail. At the last point before you reach Glass Lake a bit of scrambling is involved up some rocks which can be dangerous in icy conditions - step carefully and you will be fine. Sky pond is a short quarter mile walk past this which is the ending point of the hike. Turn around and retrace your steps back to the trailhead and parking lot or set up camp at one of the three lakes.

To get to the trailhead, drive west on Hwy 34 out of Loveland for 30 miles until you reach Hwy 36 where you'll make a left. Drive about 4 miles on Hwy 36, make a final left onto Bear Lake Rd and follow about 8 miles all the way to the Glacier Gorge traihead.

If you need a place to refuel after the hike, head back to Loveland on the 34 and hit up Big Beaver Brewery.

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Favorite in RMNP

This was our favorite hike during our trip to RMNP. We arrived to the trailhead early enough that the hike up to Sky Pond was generally clear, but the hike back down was pretty crowded. Note, when you arrive at the "top" make sure you are actually at Sky Pond and not just at the Lake of Glass! Sky Pond is just a bit further up the trail from Lake of Glass. Its a bit over 9 miles long round trip and by the end we were all quite exhausted, but my wife and I at least had the excuse of being out of shape and still adjusting to the elevation. We'll for sure come back some day!

over 3 years ago

A Classic

As beautiful as the park gets, also one of the most crowded hiking routes in the entire park.

about 4 years ago


Absolutely gorgeous- both en route and at sky pond


over 4 years ago

Always a good hike

Always loved this hike. If the light is good, try scrambling to the left a short distance for some photography when you get to Timberline Falls.

The best hike I have done to date

This hike will leave you breathless for 2 reasons. The altitude and the views. If you choose to do this hike you will not be disappointed. Its one of the best in the RMNP.

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