Loch Lomond

4.5/5 (66 reviews)
Idaho Springs, Colorado (Clear Creek County)
Last Updated: 10/15/2022
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Situated in the Arapaho National Forest - Clear Creek District, this trail offers high alpine lakes, fishing, wild flowers, 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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4.5/5 (66 reviews)
Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Visited: 10/15/2022

The upper gate closes on 10/15/22.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

A nice, easy trail. Beautiful views by the lake. Caught it during the week. No one was there.
Status: Open
Visited: 08/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Very easy trail, should be rated as a 2. Short, but still fun and very scenic at the end. Better to go on a weekday if possible. I aired down thinking it would be harder, but really didn’t need to. For reference, I’m drive an Outback Wilderness with larger Falken Wildpeak AT3Ws, and skid plates.
Status: Open
Visited: 08/18/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

The trail up has been graded and smoothed out significantly, 2015 4 cylinder Outback with 29.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Boss tires and 3/4" lift loaded to the gills with camping gear. They are doing repair work on the side of the lake opposite the spillway with a backhoe and a bobcat, workers must traverse the road daily during the week which is likely why the road was improved so much. Excellent hiking to the lakes above.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

We had a nice day of sightseeing combining Chinn's Lake, Fall River Reservoir and Loch Lomond. You can easily hit all three of these trails and enjoy some off roading, scenery and hiking. This is a fairly basic trail, but the views are worth it. With the proximity to Denver, it is very popular with hikers and 'AWD' vehicles, so expect it to be crowded. (Look for Loch Lomond Road on your map for a nice bypass from Rainbow Road up to the Loch Lomond trailhead.)

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