Loch Trail, RMNP
Rising gradually overall, but steadily here and there, most of the trail is fairly easy at a leisurely pace. Only near the lake- named ‘The Loch’, does the incline on Loch Trail RMNP change sharply, requiring a bit more huffing and puffing.
Doing this hike and others in the area in the spring is a joy because the snow is still mostly in tact, yet the weather is warm enough to enjoy without having to bundle up too much. That said, make sure you have some sort of traction device such as micro-spikes to help you on the slippery trail and gives an extra piece of mind to prevent falls.
Because the remarkable scenery in this part of the park is so easy to get to, the trail heads, including Glacier Gorge and nearby Bear Lake fill up very rapidly most days, requiring an early start. Alternatively, in the summer you can park at the park and ride and take the free shuttle bus to the trail-head.