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The Loch

 

Trail Stats

 

Distance - 6.2 Miles

Elevation Gain/Loss - 1250 ft.

Max Elevation Reached - 10,255 ft.

Difficulty Level - Moderate

Trailhead - Link

 

Track

 

  

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Description

   

The Loch is an intermediate destination on the trail that starts from Bear Lake trailhead and goes all the way to the base of Andrew's Glacier. The glacier is visible from the Loch itself and the trail from the Loch to the base of the glacier is inaccessible well into the summer because of snow. This page describes the trail up to the Loch.

   

The trail starts of at the Bear Lake trailhead. Follow the mark and well traversed trail to Alberta Falls, which is the first point-of-interest on this hike. The falls can be heard much before you get to it. In early summer, the flow is impressive. A lot of hikers turn back from the falls.

 

Continuing on towards the Loch, you gain some altitude and walk through fairly dense woods that occasionally open up and offer vistas of distant snow covered peaks. Throughout, the trail is well maintained requiring little navigation.

 

The Loch itself is a rather large body of water. Andrews Glacier can be seen descending on the eastern steep slopes of the peaks forming the Continental Divide. 

 

Elevation Profile

 

 

Trail Log

 

July 3rd, 2009

      

Photos - Link 

     

Notes -

 

Nandini. N, Sesh. K and I did this hike during out visit to RMNP over the 4th of July weekend. Our original plan was to hike up to Flattop Mountain. But we started a bit too late and the park rangers advised us against heading to higher altitudes because of bad weather. We were glad we heeded their warning. We ultimately ended up hiking most of this trail in rain. I did not get as many good pictures as I would have liked.

  

We did not see much wild life on this trail. Only squirrels. The trail wasn't as crowded as I would have expected, probably because of the rains. We stopped at the falls for an elaborate photo session. Thereafter we reached the Loch, ate some snacks and rested.

 

Here are more photos from this trip. 

Here is another hike I did on this trip. 

  

    

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