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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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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
Jul 24, 2018
Aralynn Minnick
Jul 24, 2018
John Hochstetler
Great hike for the families first trip to RMNP. Everyone loved it. Really enjoyed seeing my 16 yr old son enjoying himself so much.

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