Sky Pond

Sky Pond, Rocky Mountain National Park: Address, Phone Number, Sky Pond Reviews: 5/5

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dancer3361
Columbus, OH57 contributions
Sep 2021
I was really psyched about the Sky Pond hike. I had some trepidation about Timberline Falls, but thought we'd make the effort. However, it had snowed and the rocks were icy. My husband climbed the rocks to Lake of Glass where it was so windy, it almost blew off his knit ski hat. We took a side trip to Mills Lake as a sort of consolation. Mills Lake was very pretty!
Written October 4, 2021
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Mark M
Saint Paul, MN233 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Unbelievable, best hike I have ever done. I have done it three times.
This Time the mosquitoes were bad, I have never encountered that before.
Get going early, bring a lunch and water. I brought 10 oz. and had a life straw. Filled the water up a two different streams. Go all the way to the end, past the waterfall.
Written July 19, 2021
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Bet543210
195 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Early May visit. The Loch was frozen solid and we were able to cross it both ways to Sky Pond. The trail (even in the snow) was easy to follow and packed down. We got to the trailhead around 5:45am and would recommend starting near this time in order to have the trail to yourself. Beautiful day, beautiful scenery. Coming back, the trail had a steady stream of people coming in (many unprepared for the elements in just sneakers and no water) which was a tad annoying as stepping off the trail to pass in the snow was near impossible. Back at the parking lot there were many cars waiting for spots both here and in the overflow lot so we didn’t stay to enjoy the rest of the lot. If you’re serious about seeing any of our National Parks you have to start early. Pack snacks, lots of water and layer and you can easily make it to the top and back in a few hours.
Written May 30, 2021
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JMC5152
Loveland, CO98 contributions
Jan 2021
Be prepared,
Bring water, sunblock, extra coat, always allow uphill hikers the right of way. Tell someone where you are going.
Written January 30, 2021
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN1,197 contributions
Sep 2020
By far the best hike I did during my 4 days in RMNP. Pretty difficult hike both the distance of 10 miles involving quite an ascent along with having to scale up 20 ft of boulders at Timberline Falls. However, the scenery is spectacular and quite varied. You can start at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead or the Bear Lake Trailhead. If you're using the shuttle from the Park and Ride, I learned that starting at Glacier Gorge and ending at Bear Lake is the most efficient way of catching the shuttle without too much wait. Definitely begin the hike early shortly after sunrise to avoid the crowds that build later in the day. The first segment of the hike to Alberta Falls is the busiest and the least interesting. From there it becomes amazing. In my opinion, The Loch is even more beautiful than Sky Pond. However, it's the additional ascent and final climb up the boulders next to Timberline Falls that makes this hike fun and unique. Sky Pond is a stunning destination. On the return, I added an additional 2 miles to the hike by making a detour to Mills Lake which was well worth the extra effort. The duration of the hike was 7 hours. I would rate it as strenuous rather than moderate but so worth the effort.
Written September 12, 2020
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jguiste
Cleveland, OH44 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
The trail is hard and long. There are a lot of rocks in the trail and a little scramble as you get up higher towards the sky pond. Once you reach the lake of glass keep going and you'll get to sky pond. It's a long hike so ensure you're staying hydrated. The views along the trail are great and take breaks and enjoy the beauty of the lakes as well.
Written August 15, 2020
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Michelle H
Lawrence, KS27 contributions
Jul 2020
the hike to Sky Pond it pretty incredible, Lots of different terrain including hiking up a waterfall! The views are incredible, which makes up for the somewhat difficult parts of the hike. Plan on having a picnic by Sky Pond and enjoy the scenery!
Written July 26, 2020
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Amie J
Texas Gulf Coast, TX6 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Sky Pond hike. Wow. Took us 6 hours to complete.

We truly loved every bit of this hike. I’m not a huge “hiker” but I love walking in nature and I’m pretty fit and active overall. We enjoyed the views, the waterfalls, the wildlife, the weather, and the greenery. Most of the path was well marked and well traveled from those who went before us. The last mile or two had parts we couldn’t see the path but other people had footprints left in the snow so we found our way. What I didn’t know was that toward the end you have to climb up IN a waterfall to continue the path to Sky pond. Also, there was snow, but not 2 feet deep snow, it was packed down so it was manageable. I wore tennis shoes which provided no grip, but I made it just fine. I had to finally just realize my feet and pants were going to be soaked. Once I decided to just walk in the snow and water it was easier..I just had wet feet. Something else that’s also good to know is that the snow area was a comfortable temperature outside (maybe upper 50s) and I did it in a t-shirt and long pants. That made the hike so much more enjoyable for me to not be freezing cold.

We saw chipmunks, a marmot, birds, and an elk pass the walkway on our journey back to Glacier Gorge trailhead just passed Loch lake. For me, the view at the level of the waterfall looking down over Loch was even more stunning than Sky pond.

I would recommend bringing water, chapstick, a camera or cell phone for pictures, a rain jacket (we caught some decent rain along the way), and layers because most of the hike was comfortable but it got cool at higher places once it started raining.
Written June 24, 2020
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Jen S
Jersey City, NJ3 contributions
Nov 2019
My boyfriend and I made the hike up to Sky Pond a few weeks ago and it was legit the best hike I have ever been on. Lotta snow, lotta ice, but that's what made it challenging (I'm sure it's a very different experience depending on when you go during the year). Make sure you bring crampons if you're going while it's iced over!
Written November 27, 2019
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jmpncsu
Raleigh, NC4,343 contributions
Aug 2019
Sky Pond was my favorite hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. The trailhead is at Glacier Gorge near Bear Lake, one of the most popular so arrive early or use the shuttle. Note that most trails are not named, but there are signs at intersections - keep heading to Sky Pond. The trail passes Alberta Falls in under a mile and then past Loch Vale just under 3 miles. Past the Loch, the trail gets steep heading up to Timberline Falls. At the waterfall, you have to climb up a chute and there may be water flowing down. This is the most difficult or fun part of the hike, depending on whether you like climbing. Lake of Glass is just above Timberline Falls and Sky Pond is a short distance further. We had lunch here and watched people climb up Taylor Glacier across the lake to ski down. We also saw a lot of wildlife on the trail. Please do not feed or harass wildlife!
Written November 19, 2019
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