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blue Loch Lomond (#701.1)

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Trail

4.7 mile 7.6 kilometer out and back
Doubletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 870' 265 m
Descent: -870' -265 m
High: 11,200' 3,414 m
Low: 10,352' 3,155 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Brian Huber

This snow-covered 4WD road leads to a cluster of pristine alpine lakes at the base of Mount Bancroft.

Brian Huber

Features Lake · Views · Wildlife

This trail is for winter use only when snow covered.

Overview

This snow trail follows along 4-wheel-drive Steuart Road, leading from the town of St. Mary's to Loch Lomond. Accompanying Loch Lomond are five other alpine lakes of varying elevation—Lake Caroline, Reynolds Lake, Steuart Lake, Ohman Lake, and Ice Lake, which lies just below James Peak.

Need to Know

The lake can be very windy in the winter so come prepared to make the hike most enjoyable.

Description

Start by parking along the east side of Alice Road. The road is usually plowed, making the start of the hike easy to spot. Following the road is fairly straightforward when snowy as it's bordered by pine trees on the right and a gulch on the left. Pass through several road gates and continue ascending toward Loch Lomond.

After reaching the end of the trail, you can gain great views of Loch Lomond by continuing higher to any of its neighboring lakes.

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May 11, 2019
Clancey Potter
Still very snowy! Parked at the lower gate and needed snowshoes after the second gate. Very windy at the (still frozen) lake. This would be lovely… 4.3mi — 3h 00m
Apr 26, 2019
aikibujin
Hiked/snowshoed as approach to Bancroft East Ridge.
Sep 28, 2018
Ryan Bennett
Loch Lomond lake fishing 4x4 and little hike half way to lake caroline
Sep 3, 2018
Gina Francis
Beautiful hike. Pleasantly surprised that the trail was not overcrowded on Labor Day. We began the hike at 8:30 a.m, explored the lake, had lunch… 4.7mi
Jul 16, 2018
Alex Carrera
Jun 18, 2018
Tyler McGrath
Jun 2, 2018
Morgan Reynolds
May 6, 2018
Sarah Shafer
Doable without snowshoes but definitely recommended for the top 3rd of the trail if you don’t want to sink every 4 or 5 steps 5.2mi

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 7 votes

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in St. Mary's

#2409

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in St. Mary's

#340

in Colorado

#2,409

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