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This stunning subalpine lake is worth the hike in. The skyline at the Loch is dominated by the Sharktooth (12,630'), Mt Taylor (13,651') and Thatchtop Mountain (12,668').

Half-Day Hike: Hike in using the Loch Vale Route from the Glacier Gorge Junction TH or the Bear Lake TH.

Gem Type: Lake

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Brian Smith

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Dec 17, 2018
Julie Bailey
Oct 20, 2018
Ryan Reedy
I was glad I brought microspikes!
Sep 27, 2018
David Lucas
One of the best in RMNP.
Sep 3, 2018
Jayden Imes
Aug 25, 2018
Diana A
Aug 8, 2018
Sally Gibson
Aug 4, 2018
Clay Pennington
Part of Sky Pond
Jul 31, 2018
Audrey Mines

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