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Andrews Glacier

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A short, steep trail leading to Andrews Tarn at the base of Andrews Glacier.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

Point to Point

11,149' 3,398 m

High

10,309' 3,142 m

Low

840' 256 m

Up

38' 11 m

Down

18%

Avg Grade (10°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail can be accessed from the Loch Vale Trail, just southwest of the Loch. Head west on Andrews Glacier Trail and begin the steep ascent next to Andrews Creek. To the north, you'll be looking at the southern wall of Otis peak while the Sharkstooth is visible to the south. Eventually you'll reach Andrews Tarn, a small lake that feeds Andrews Creek located at the base of the glacier.

Andrews Glacier is the largest glacier in the park. Although it features somewhat gradual grades, the proper know-how and equipment are prerequisites to climbing the ice.

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Brian Smith

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  4.7 from 11 votes

#9

in Bear Lake

#449

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#9

in Bear Lake

#86

in Colorado

#449

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Shark's Tooth, Andrews Gorge, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado with permission from Richard Ryer
Jan 19, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Andrews Glacier and Tarn
Jan 19, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Once in a Blue Moon.... with permission from Richard Ryer
Jan 15, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
The water's too cold
Feb 9, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
St. Andrews Glacier and Tarn
Jun 24, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO

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Aug 23, 2019
Morgan Jurkowski
Aug 22, 2019
Alexis Zeabari
Aug 9, 2019
Benjamin Ellis
Aug 6, 2019
Andrew Heffner
1.2mi
Jun 22, 2019
Dennis Chan
Completely blanketed by snow still, tho you could hear running water and ice crinkling under the glacier once in a while. Beginning very tricky
Jun 16, 2019
Donovan Colegrove
8mi
Sep 12, 2018
Kevin & Nikki G
Sep 9, 2018
Adam Loudermilk
Trail isn't as hard to follow as described, many people up there on an early Fall day. Beautiful tho. 10.4mi — 5h 00m