Sky Pond, Rocky Mountain National Park

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  • Not that difficult and I am a first time hiker, so it was great. It's a long hike and difficult to climb up the water fall but there are turn around points before that.  more »
  • Our group of twelve hit the Glacier Gorge trailhead at 6:45am. Hiking in July means a good chance of afternoon spot showers. Bring a rain jacket. We saw several estimates on the length of this trail. ...  more »
  • Loved this hike. We passed 12 Elk on the trail to the lake. Awesome. We had to walk around them, as their were 2 babies in the bunch that we could see. Need to be in good shape to hike the waterfall t...  more »
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  • One of my favorite hikes of all time. Gets progressively more difficult, from hiking across frozen lakes and until you are scrambling up the side of a frozen waterfall. Bring traction in the winter.
  • Long and not too hard of a hike from the parking lot up to the lake. A little fun "waterfall" type climb, but still be careful climbing.
  • First time hiking in Colorado and the Rockies. Hiked on 5/27. Beautiful hike with intense rewards at the top. Parked in the closest RMNP park and ride and got to the Glacier Gorge trailhead at about 7:30AM. The trail head lot was already full, so I recommend taking the buses or getting there very early. We met snow right after passing Loch Lake. I had YakTrax which helped on the ascent towards Sky Pond. Some scrambling is required at the last 0.5 miles. Coming back down we must have passed 200 people hiking up which got a later start, so very busy over Memorial Day Weekend. This hike was intense for someone coming from sea level (Seattle) elevation to the top within 24 hours with no acclimatization to Denver/Rocky mountain area elevation. I consider myself in pretty good hiking shape, but by the top I was exhausted and feeling the effects of what I believe was acute altitude sickness (headache, pounding heart, general malaise) that I never experienced hiking in WA State. It probably didn't help that I was out drinking the night before and got very little sleep. (Don't be me). Above 10,000 ft there is only 70% of the available oxygen at sea level. Just a general warning for those inexperienced with altitude like that - I was not prepared for the physical toll of this hike and was struggling once we got close to 10,000 feet. Other than that, a highly recommended hike!
  • Pretty decent pond. A little big so it doesn't fit the pond description
  • To journey to Sky Pond is not easy, but it is oh so rewarding. Expect to scramble and climb up wet rocks near the end. It's definitely an added element of difficulty you won't encounter on most other hikes. The payoff is worth it though. Walk around the lake as much as possible to take in different viewpoints.

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