Distance: Approximately 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 10,139' - 11,491'
Bathrooms at Trailhead: No
Dogs: Allowed on leash
Date Hiked: 04 July 2015
Overview: This scenic area just moments away from the Continental Divide Trail is popular with anglers and hikers, and offers dispersed camping. We created a loop hike by climbing up and around the lake clockwise and connecting the descent with the CDT.
It's the 4th of July and what better way to celebrate independence than with a hike! The plan was to explore the Mount Goliath area near Mt. Evans. We drove up Squaw Pass and found that the road was still closed at Echo Lake. Time to find another hike nearby. Since we are always thinking about ski touring, we decided to head over to Fall River Road near Alice, CO to do some reconnaissance. We parked on the 4W Drive road and followed the CDT to the seasonal road closure of Loch Lomond.
We parked along Fall River Road, then followed the CDT through the woods briefly before emerging back on a jeep road and hoofing it to the gate closure.
We were glad to see this gate and have some freedom from all of the ATV traffic. We did note other Subarus parked here so realized we "may" have been able to drive all of the way if we were feeling hearty.
Wildflowers were abundant.
Following the rough road to Loch Lemond offers many possibilities. Trails to summits on the left, dispersed camping on the right and fishing straight ahead.
The trail was devoured by overgrowth.
Follow the rough trail clockwise up to the first shelf behind the waterfall. You can just see it near that snow patch on the upper left of this photo.
This was the most difficult portion of the hike. The trail is in poor condition and slippery with loose dirt.
Immediately above and behind Loch Lomond is a cluster of alpine lakes. This is Reynolds Lake, a lovely stop for a lunch break.
Crossing the reservoir on Reynolds Lake -headed towards the CDT.
At the top of the Loch Lomond waterfall
Steuart Lake to the left, the ridge with the CDT and the rest of the loop hike to the right.
Wildflowers were abundant!
Did I mention the flowers?
Cresting the ridge and connecting with the Continental Divide Trail
Headed downhill on the Continental Divide Trail
Old Man Of The Mountain - I love the name of this wildflower.
Dr. Seuss trees - all standing at an angle
The trail isn't necessarily well marked, but it is well maintained with helpful foot bridges
Connecting the loop
Headed back down the CDT through the forest.
This trail recap features my tribute to the James Peak Wilderness. This soap has tiny soap embeds for the wildflowers, calendula petals for the distant hills, and the summit is handbrushed with mica to make the peak sparkle. Scented with sage and lemongrass, this soap smells like the fresh air and open meadows found in the JPWA!
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