Sky Pond – 8.9mi / 14.4km
Pass a string of lakes in the aptly named Loch Vale (lake valley) on your way to Sky Pond, an alpine lake crowned with majestic spires. Begin by hiking up to the lovely Alberta Falls (see Alberta Falls in 0-5 Miles for description). Continue up Glacier Creek, then follow along Icy Brook to The Loch (see The Loch in 5-10 Miles for description).
From this lovely lake, continue along its northern shoreline to the head of the lake. The trail finds Icy Brook again and continues across the creek to the signed trail for Andrews Glacier. Stay straight to enter into meadows and views up to Timberline Falls.
The trail climbs to the base of this elegant, 75ft/23m falls where you can feel spray from its icy waters. To get above the headwall you’ll need to be careful climbing up slick rocks to the right of the falls. Once above the falls, you continue through the subalpine landscape to Lake of Glass. This lovely lake could be a destination in and of itself, however, continue up along its northern shoreline.
The trail is a bit tricky to follow, but look for cairns and other hikers on your way up to Sky Pond. Tall granite walls surround the lake in a stunning, varied display that provide the perfect backdrop to this sparkling lake.
Trailhead: Follow Bear Lake Road to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, or park at the Park & Ride and take the park’s free shuttle to the trailhead.
Elevation Gain: 1,850ft / 555m – Elevation Loss: 1,850ft / 555m