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Situated in the Arapaho National Forest's Clear Creek District, Loch Lomond offers high alpine lakes, fishing, wildflowers, and great dispersed camping, all within one hour from Denver, Colorado. This trail can be crowded on the weekends, but you can expect to have it all to yourself during the week.
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I-70 westbound, take exit 238 Fall River Road. Drive approx. 8 miles to Alice Road, turn left, stay on Alice Road, turn right on Steuart Road, NFSR 701.
this trail is extremely rocky, although the rocks are not large. overall, i'd average the trail surface as 90% rocks and 10% hard dirt, the entire length. the trail has many 'wide outs' its entire length and passing opposite-direction traffic is not a problem. no fears of pin-striping on this road either. but there are a few sections of trail where short rock outcrops will definitely have your attention and carefully driving a line over them. also think this trail difficulty is closer to a 3 than the currently assessed 2 (due to those rock outcrop sections).
saw a few 2WDs on my trip, but can't say i'd recommend it. on my descent, around waypoint 6, i was semi-astonished to pass a guy in a new VW GTI, going up. after the trail, i'm guessing his GTI was not new on the bottom anymore. any stock 4x4 with decent clearance should do OK on this trail.
the loch at the top is worth the drive up, you'll want to hang out there awhile, rather than just turn around and descend. you'll pass alot of hikers, campers and traffic (by offroad standards) on weekends. according to my GPS tracking, this trail took 53 minutes to ascend from the trailhead to the loch.
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