Timberline Falls via Glacier Gorge Trail
1 review Rocky Mountain National Park #43 hike out of 250 in
1 hrs 44 min
This is a moderate one way trail to Timberline Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park.
This is an alternate route for Alberta Falls via Glacier Gorge Trail.
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Mark and I did most of the Glacier Gorge Trail, from its start at the Bear Lake Road to Lake of Glass below the final Sky Pond. We balked at doing the final leg across the pond and up about 800' and 0.7 miles because it looked untraveled and we were tired. At our stopping point, we met another hiker, Danica Lamb, who was experienced, so we all decided to return down the trail together. Coming down, the snow was mushy, and we met numerous hikers coming up---with all sorts of attire. I thought that we were doing the most gorgeous route, but my memory failed. The most gorgeous is Mills Lake to Black Lake to Green Lake, which starts where we started but follows the left fork, not the right fork we took. So be it. The weather was balmy. We wore one layer on top and microspikes on the bottom. It must have been in the 50s or 60s. I am glad we started out early and returned between 11:30 and 1; the warm day made the snow mushy on the way down. Those going up late were going to slip. Lots of great views from the trail, including the view of the CD from Lake of Glass, which was well frozen like The Loch, which I crossed on both ways. Danica and Mark used the trail, which skirted The Loch. In summary, 8 miles, 1400' elevation gain, and warm weather with well-trodden trail all the way.