Loch Lomond

Quick Info:

Distance:
4.6 Miles
Route Type:
Out & Back
Nearest Town:
Empire, CO
Elevation Climb:
895 Feet
Difficulty Rating:
Not So Approachable
View Rating:
3.5 Stars
Distance:
4.6 Miles
Route Type:
Out & Back
Nearest Town:
Empire, CO
Elevation Climb:
895 Feet
Difficulty Rating
Not So Approachable
View Rating:
3.5 Stars

    You know I love a hike to a lake! The lake itself is beautiful and offered incredible views of not just the lake, but the forest behind it. The hike up to the lake is exactly 2.3 miles and with an incline the entire way it’s a great workout!

    This hike was a little unique because hikers share the path with off-roaders, so you have to move over to let the Jeeps & trucks make their way up to the lake. As someone who loves off-roading, it didn’t bother me to watch them make their way up the rocks, but if you’re looking for a hike that’s off the beaten path, you may want to skip this one. Speaking of rocks, it’s pretty rocky, so it was a little tough on the ankles – especially on the way back down! If you’ve done St. Mary’s Glacier up the road, it’s a very similar type of path but far less crowded.

    The upside of the road as the path is that it’s great for social distancing! So often this summer I’ve had to go up and off the trail to give fellow hikers some space, but this one was incredibly easy to stay far apart and feel safe!

    Kylie Bearse

    Kylie Bearse

    When I’m not exploring the trails, I’m a Meteorologist! You can see me every weekday morning on Fox31 KDVR from 4:30-10am! Have a weather question? Don’t hesitate to ask!

    Kylie Bearse

    Kylie Bearse

    When I’m not exploring the trails, I’m a Meteorologist! You can see me every weekday morning on Fox31 KDVR from 4:30-10am! Have a weather question? Don’t hesitate to ask!

    Join The
    Facebook Group!

    Click HERE to join the Approachable Outdoors Facebook group! It’s a fun space to share photos from hikes across our beautiful state (and beyond!) Share tips & tricks and connect with fellow adventure lovers of all skill levels.

    Kylie Bearse

    Kylie Bearse

    When I’m not exploring the trails, I’m a Meteorologist! You can see me every weekday morning on Fox31 KDVR from 4:30-10am! Have a weather question? Don’t hesitate to ask!

    Find Hikes by Keyword

    More to Discover

    More From Kylie

    Southwest Colorado Road Trip

    Southwest Colorado Road Trip

    Southwestern Colorado is one of my favorite parts of the state! This summer I’d been planning a trip with a friend to go hiking & explore a few towns that we hadn’t been to. We had three nights and four days to explore as much as we could and we packed in a...

    The Hiking Apps I Love

    The Hiking Apps I Love

    AllTrails iOS | Android | Web I find almost all of my hikes from the AllTrails app – it’s free & I can’t recommend it enough if you’re heading out on any trail! I always, always read the comments before I go out on a hike. The reason is because the comments...

    AO’s First Fundraiser

    AO’s First Fundraiser

    It's been almost a year since Approachable Outdoors launched last summer as a fun side project during the Pandemic and I'm still blown away every day at what it's grown into. In the very early days I would dream about using this site as a source of good, to make an...

    Weekend Getaway: Estes Park

    Weekend Getaway: Estes Park

    Estes Park is one of my favorite places in Colorado! It's only an hour and a half from Denver (which is a gorgeous drive) and it has so many options for a weekend away. Obviously the big focus of our trip was hiking: Hikes: Mill's Lake (4.9 Miles/886 ft. Elevation...

    Mental Health Check In

    Mental Health Check In

    I haven’t talked about mental health publicly in a while and it’s for a couple of reasons. The first is actually pretty wonderful: this is the best I’ve felt mentally in years. I feel like after years of turbulence my life feels settled, stable and full of purpose....

    Where Is Kylie Bearse From?

    Where Is Kylie Bearse From?

    I get this question all the time and always dread it because there’s no quick answer to answer where I’m actually from. I’ve learned to pick an answer based on the person asking. If they’re from Colorado, I’ll usually say I went to school in Boulder. If they’re...

    9News Weather Live From Home!

    9News Weather Live From Home!

    Never in a million years did I ever think I'd be working from home in news. Enter Coronavirus in March 2020. At 9News I was able to take the technology I used to do weather live in the field and got us all set up to do it from home. I took a whole minute to feel...