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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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Mar 23, 2022
Regan Muth
Not sure where in RMNP
Aug 13, 2021
Daniel McCloskey
Jun 19, 2021
Ellen Biggerstaff
Dec 14, 2020
Joshuah Hopkins
Dec 8, 2020
Emily Schwickerath
Cold but worth it! Last 1 mile was tough!
Dec 7, 2020
Zachary Wemark
Hike was rough, view was awesome
Nov 28, 2020
Nick Barendregt
Snowshoed up to see the frozen loch! Just as amazing as always.
Nov 21, 2020
Justin Trimble

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