Glacier Gorge/Loch Vale
Glacier Gorge and Loch Vale are two popular areas of the park.
Both are glacially carved valleys surrounded by a few of the
highest peaks in the park. Both are home to classic alpine hikes
and climbs. This area offers two main trails: Glacier Gorge Trail
and Loch Vale Trail, both of which are accessible via Glacier
Gorge Junction, on Bear Lake Road. Several smaller trails branch
of these main trails, offering access to other areas of the park.
A short trail connects Glacier Gorge Junction with the Bear Lake
Andrews Glacier Trail:
Glacier Gorge Trail:
- This trail leads into the heart of Glacier Gorge. Glacier
Gorge is rimmed with high peaks, including Longs Peak, at
- From this trail you can climb the following mountains: Arrowhead, Glacier Knobs, McHenrys Peak, Pagoda Mountain, The Spearhead, Thatchtop.
- From this trail you can visit the following: Alberta Falls, Black Lake, Blue Lake, Frozen Lake, Green Lake, Jewel Lake, Keyboard Of The Winds, McHenrys Notch, Mills Lake, Ribbon Falls, Shelf Lake, Solitude Lake, Stone Man Pass.
Loch Vale Trail:
North Longs Peak Trail:
- This trail branches off of the Glacier Gorge trail
roughly 0.5 miles from the trailhead. It then climbs
around Half Mountain, and up to Granite Pass, where it
meets the Longs Peak Trail. Longs Peak can be climbed
from this trail, but it is 2.6 miles longer than taking
the Longs Peak Trail. The Boulder Brook Trail, whose
trailhead is across the street from the Bierstadt Lake
Trailhead, meets the North Longs Peak Trail before
reaching timberline. The destinations both trails offer
are the same.
- From this trail you can climb the following mountains: Battle Mountain, Half Mountain.
- From this trail you can visit the following: Boulder Brook.
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