Directions: This hike starts from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead near Bear Lake. Enter the park through the Beaver Meadows entrance (entrance fee required), make a left on Bear Lake Road and travel almost to the end. The Glacier Gorge Trailhead is the last one till Bear Lake. If this parking area is full you can park at Bear Lake and walk the .5 mi trail to Glacier Gorge. Alternatively you can take the shuttle from the park and ride to the Trailhead.
The Loch is a beautiful alpine lake and a resting spot along the incredible hike to Sky Pond. However, The Loch itself is a worthy destination. The Loch lies approximately 3 miles from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, far enough away to get away from the crowds but not so intense as to require a 3:00 AM start time in the summer.
The hike starts off but hiking .8 miles to Alberta Falls (a very popular destination) and then continuing up the Glacier Gorge Trail to the junction with the trail to Mills Lake. Along the way you'll be treated to amazing views, granite rock faces, aspen groves, and a wonderful rocky canyon with towering walls that will remind you of just how small you are... When you emerge from the canyon, you'll arrive at the Mills Lake junction, continue straight following the signs to The Loch.
The Loch is a peaceful alpine lake, larger than Sky Pond and Lake of Glass beyond. The views of Taylor Mountain, Andrews Tarn, and Otis Peak will beg you to continue your journey but The Loch is a worthy place to relax and enjoy the views of the high peaks. If you just can't resist, try hiking to Sky Pond, you won't regret it.
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Rocky Mountain National Park
Date Hiked: July 11, 2013
Distance: 6 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 990 ft
Managing Agency: National Park Service