Thing to Do

Hike to The Loch

a mountain top is reflected in a lake
The Loch

NPS Photo / Kim Grossman

  • Distance: 5.4 miles roundtrip
  • Elevation Gain: 940 feet
  • Type of Trail: Out & Back, Moderate

A well sought-after destination, The Loch is one of three spectacular lakes comprising the scenic Loch Vale. The 5.4-mile-long trail to The Loch is a moderate hike with a total elevation gain of 940 feet through several switchbacks.

Accessed via the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, hikers begin the approach to The Loch through aspen groves and cross two bridges that lead to Alberta Falls, another popular destination in the park. The trail continues to Mills Junction, a major trail junction between Loch Vale and Glacier Gorge trails. Past the junction, switchbacks are common and lead hikers through an impressively scenic gorge. Upon reaching The Loch, hikers are greeted and surrounded by peaks and glaciers of the Continental Divide.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Accessibility Information
This is not a paved trail. This trail is rocky and uneven with an elevation gain of 940 feet.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Last updated: November 12, 2020