The hike to Sky Pond was beautiful. We left at 7:45am and it was 39 degrees. Almost all the way there, it's an uphill hike. I had a bit of a cold so it was not easy. But it was nice following the water; I love the sound of flowing water! After three miles and and 1 1/2 hours, we stopped at The Loch for a rest. This was a very nice lake where several people were fishing. We kept going - up! - and I almost quit when we got above the treeline and we had to climb non-stop stone steps to the base of a waterfall - which we had to climb. I'm not a proficient climber so the climb up the waterfall was not at all my idea of a good time. If your feet get wet and you're in tennis shoes, you'll have wet feet for the next five miles. Beware!
Once you scramble up the waterfall and get to Lake of Glass, it's like a different world - so peaceful and beautiful! We stopped for pictures and then looked for the trail (hard to find!) to Sky Pond. Once there, I was in awe! The cathedral spires, the glacier above....amazing!
The hike down the waterfall was terrifying....but we made it down safely and the rest of the hike was easy and downhill. We stopped again at The Loch for a rest and to shed an outer layer of clothing (it was then 60 degrees). Our knees were aching by the end - the last few miles were torture! We got back to the trailhead at 3:15 - so we were gone 7.5 hours. We took three bottles of water and a soft drink (and snacks) - but could have used another bottle of water.
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