Solo snowshoe hike in Rocky Mountain National Park from the Glacier Gorge trailhead below Bear Lake. It was a cold windy day, okay in the woods but didn’t spend much time in the howling wind at Loch Vale, the destination lake pictured above. Georgeous area, very popular trail. The trail was well packed, so I wore my microspikes most of the way in and didn’t put on snowshoes until the final steep climb to Loch Vale up a snowed-in waterfall

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6.28 mi (2.74 mi uphill, 2.97 mi downhill, 0.51 mi flat)
1050 ft total ascent – 19.7 % uphill grade, 117.3 % downhill grade
4:22:29 total time (4:05:43 moving, 0:16:46 stopped)
0:39:04 pace (1.5 mph average speed, 5.0 mph max speed)
25.1 difficulty, 45.8 effort