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Sky Pond, Rocky Mountain National Park

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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • This was a strenuous hike for us. We are 53. My husband rides bicycle regularly and can do 40 miles at a time and this kicked his butt too. Could be because of the elevation too. Me, I do not... 
    This was a strenuous hike for us. We are 53. My husband rides bicycle regularly and can do 40 miles at a time and this kicked his butt too. Could be because of the elevation too. Me, I do not...  more »
  • It was end of May so the final ascend to the lake of glass was pretty slippery even with micro spikes. From the lake of glass its a 20 min hike to Sky Pond which was fairly easy compared to the... 
    It was end of May so the final ascend to the lake of glass was pretty slippery even with micro spikes. From the lake of glass its a 20 min hike to Sky Pond which was fairly easy compared to the...  more »
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  • Sky Pond is one of my favorite adventures in all of Colorado! It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, it is always an epic experience! The hike is long and tiring at 9.5 miles and 1,750 feet of elevation gain, especially in the winter. However, as long as you’re prepared and know what you’re in for, it’s not that bad. You should be in good shape to make this trek as it can get daunting as you get closer to Sky Pond. The journey to the Loch, lake of glass, and finally sky pond to see the cathedral spires makes it all worth it at the end of the day. Bring plenty of sunscreen since you are completely exposed once you get to the base of lake of glass. It can get very windy up there and I have been chased off from storms a number of times! If you have the time and energy definitely do Sky Pond, it’s on the top of my list for best hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park!
  • One of the best trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. Very popular, especially in summer. The parking lot at the Bear Lake trailhead will need a timed entry reservation (in 2022, this may change in the future). But if you plan well, and get to the trailhead before 5 AM, you do not need this reservation, and as an added bonus, there will be very few people on the trail as well. The trail is challenging with ~10 miles out and back and ~1800 feet elevation gain. However, there are many beautiful spots where you can take breaks or turn back if needed. You will be crossing Alberta Falls, The Loch lake, Timberline Falls, and Lake of Glass. You will also cross trail junctions for Mills Lake, Lake Haiyaha, and Andrews Glacier. The trail follows Glacier Creek. At Timberline Falls, you will have to literally climb this waterfall to keep going on the trail. At this point, you are almost at the Lake of Glass, which is less than a quarter mile away from Sky Pond. The most striking feature of Sky Pond is the towering Sharkstooth peak spires. Especially at sunrise, these spires and the reflection off the lake light up while the rest of the lake and surrounding peaks are dark. This challenge will live up to its fame!

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