Continue westward for a while, still following close to the south edge of the ridge, enjoying the spectacular view. Send PM about this vote. Stay on Alice road, past a few intersections, and at 1.1 miles, look to the right for the rocky Forest Service Road 7011. James Peak via Saint Mary's Glacier RECOMMENDED ROUTE. ... almost to the summit. 4 reviews | | EASY #94 hike out of 195 in Arapaho National Forest | EASY. The other two suggestions can be accessed by passenger car. Peak Summary. Loch Lomond (access from town of Alice) The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail follows this road before entering the James Peak Wilderness Area You must ferry off-road vehicles to trail. Good weather was expected all day so I planned a big hike including James Peak, Bancroft, Parry Peak, Pt. I ultimately started from St. Mary’s and it was a really great hike. This trail goes by Stewart Lake Dam. Very exposed the majority of the way up. The summit offers some enticing views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and some of the summits farther north in Rocky Mountain National Park. 11,704, Kingston Peak, and Fox Mountain." James Peak Lake & Little Echo Lake. Camping and Backpacking Information Before setting out , it's highly recommended that you contact the Clear Creek Ranger District (303.567.3000) for the latest trail conditions and access restrictions. Bill Moore Lake is a beautiful alpine lake nestled against the high peaks of the Continental Divide on the eastern edge of the James Peak Wilderness Area. Please note that our ascent of James Peak was our first 13er, and even pre-dated our completion of all the 14ers. The views were spectacular in all directions. This is a moderate one way trail to Loch Lomond Dam in Arapaho National Forest. The coordinates for the summit are N39 51.122, W105 41.437. From I-70 westbound, take the Fall River Road exit #238 towards St. Mary’s/Alice Road. The upper lakes were seldom visited and had a nice wilderness feeling even though you were under 2 hours from the bustling metropolises. City power is on the road. Reasonably steep ascents, but no scrambling. There will be a wooden sign on a tree pointing to Loch Lomen (wrong spelling) and James Peak. Sun, Jan 27, 2019, 9:30 AM: Let's head up a little past Idaho Springs and snowshoe hike Loch Lomond.Approx. For a while, it hangs close to the south edge of the broad east ridge of James, offering views back down into the Loch and of the other higher lakes. Send PM about this vote. Assuming you've arrived at Loch Lomond without losing your oil pan or damaging your vehicle too much, walk to the north end of the dam and locate a trail that heads uphill in a northward direction. As you drop to each successive lake, there will be waterfalls and cascades. A final push over two false summits levels on the large summit of James Peak (4.15 miles : 12,295'). There are also some low willows and other low-growing evergreens to avoid at times. Hike at your own risk. That descent takes you by the upper lakes in the Loch Lomond chain of lakes. 11,704, Kingston Peak, and Fox Mountain." Heard and saw a couple Pikas. Drive approximately 8.4 miles and turn left onto Alice Road. Eva and Mt. « PREV NEXT ... James Peak via Continental Divide Trail(Album) « PREV: Viewing #4 of 41 GALLERY. This road is closed off with a Forest Service gate from October 15th through July 1sth for erosion control.Kingston Peak (access up Fall River Road to York Gulch). This is a easy one way trail to Loch Lomond Dam in Arapaho National Forest. Er führt entlang eines Sees und James Peak via Saint Mary's Glacier RECOMMENDED ROUTE. But it does reward you with some fantastic 14er level views without the 14er crowds. There will be rocky outcrops and tundra benches to work your way down. ... As you ascend the trail you'll come into view of Loch Lomond, Ice Lake, Mt. FS 2016 map shows routes for James Peak, Parry peak, Mt. Stroll along the romantic shores of this breathtaking stretch of water immortalised in the classic song The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond. Be sure you have some kind of camera. Los 4x4 pueden estacionarse en Loch Lomond, acortando el viaje. Posts about James Peak written by linhartb. Accessing this route requires high clearance 4WD. The James Peak Wilderness offers some amazing views and great opportunities for backpacking. This road becomes FR 701.1. The summit area is large, flat and easy to explore. Once you gain the east end of the lake, the terrain changes over to tundra. Additional Parents; Loch Lomond and James Peak; Votes; Votes. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and fishing. Visitor information for Loch Lomond, Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & The Forth Valley including accommodation, things to do, attractions, events and food & drink. Ce sentier suit un sentier 4x4 jusqu'au Loch Lomond, puis se connecte au sentier principal de James Peak. James Peak is also accessible from Mammoth Gulch Road in the James Peak Wilderness (north), and from points along the Loch Lomond access road (south). For the descent: This is the best part of our proposed route. United States › Colorado › Arapaho National Forest › Loch Lomond Dam via Steuart Road. The James Peak Wilderness offers some amazing views and great opportunities for backpacking. View of James Peak with Loch Lomond at its base. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/james-peak-trail The Top of James Peak. Site migration work continues and will be completed by year end. Este sendero sigue un sendero 4x4 hasta Loch Lomond, luego se conecta al sendero principal James Peak. The cheapest way to get from Peak District National Park to Loch Lomond costs only £53, and the quickest way takes just 4¾ hours. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until September. The trail from the tundra basin heads up parallel with the ridge and cuts north just before mile 4. Ice Lake and Loch Lomond below were incredibly scenic and … Viewing: 1-3 of 3. I had no issues parking on the side of Alice road. The flats leading west to James Peak. Hardly any shade so be prepared to be exposed. All rights reserved. Breckinridge Peak and Mount Flora via North Empire Creek, Red Elephant Hill to Empire Loop [PRIVATE PROPERTY], Rogers Pass Lake via South Boulder Creek Trail, James Peak North East Ridge via Little Echo Lake, Arapaho Lakes via Rogers Pass Trail and Forest Lakes Trail, Continental Divide: Loch Lomond to Berthoud Pass, Kingston Spur East via St. Mary's Glacier [CLOSED], https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recarea/?recid=28484. — WaxDr • Jul 30, 2016 "Jeeped into Loch Lomond the day before and set up camp. Views at the top are 360 and better than some of the 14ers I’ve done. Loch Lomond is another great option to explore in this area. there are 2 lakes at James Peak. Nice 13er. After  a while, the CD trail will leave the edge of the ridge, head up the middle of the main east ridge and then wander over to the north edge of the same ridge offering nice views towards James Peak Lake. The views were spectacular in all directions. As you begin the drop from Ice Lake to Ohman Lake, roughly follow the drainage. To the north you could see Lake Granby, Longs Peak, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Send PM about this vote. Before you reach the summit of James Peak you will pass two false summits. View of James Peak with Loch Lomond at its base. Drove 4x4 road to within about .5mi of the lake. Access from Alice on 4 wheel drive trail called the Kingston Peak trail, 353 beliive is the number. Flora, Bancroft, Perry, and Eva, as well as Mt. Accessing this route requires high clearance 4WD. NO HOA/POA! Just be sure you've driven far enough back to be away from any private property concerns. Walked to James Peak summit, down another trail north for ~1 mi, back to the peak and then home. 5 miles RT with 1,000 Feet elevation gain. We would say the main advantage of this route is the visit to the upper lakes above the Loch. The three we suggest here are all Class 2, with our primary route offering some Class 2+ work on the descent. When we lived on the Front Range, this was probably our favorite hiking location. Continue north into Alice and turn left onto Alice Road. That descent takes you by the upper lakes in the Loch Lomond chain of lakes. James Peak via Loch Lomond So it's not quite 14,000 feet. Less than 30 mins to Continental Divide Trail, Loch Lomond Lake and James Peak. I think most vehicles with good clearance can make it. Loch Lomond is another great option to explore in this area. The next mile is through tundra, entering James Peak Wilderness. This will take you to Loch Lomond. Its not an easy hike by any means - once you get past the lower lake it crams 2,200 ft of elevation gain into just a couple of miles. Fantastic mountain range views and great wildflowers in the basin while making the approach to James Peak. Also can access from Rollinsville to Toland and then south on 4N to 176. The first third of a mile goes easily on mostly tundra, then the ridge begins to drop more seriously where you will begin to encounter more rocky sections that will require some maneuvering around to find the best way through, especially as you near the James-Bancroft saddle. Mostly comfortably passable with a 4Runner. After over six miles miles, the road makes a second, abrupt switchback to leave the Fall River drainage and climb up to St. Mary's Lake and Alice. Evans, Bierstadt, and Gray's and Torreys to the south. That descent takes you by the upper lakes in the Loch Lomond chain of lakes. According to one site that rates 4WD roads, FR 701.1 is "suitable for stock, high-clearance 4WD sport utility vehicles. Good weather was expected all day so I planned a big hike including James Peak, Bancroft, Parry Peak, Pt. Some gusts of wind but there are wind blocks at the top which are nice to hunker behind to take photos or eat a snack. Loch Lomond is a wonderful destination and well worth the 2.5 mile hike up the Jeep road. From the trailhead, there is a moderate incline until you come out above the glacier. Most any route to James Peak on a summer weekend will find numerous other hikers. Boydie Voted on Oct 16, 2007 12:22 pm Vote: 10/10. It was pretty rough but made it with my Santa Fe although I would not recommend doing it without a higher/better awd vehicle. The views along the this section of the route were my favorite. I saw fewer than ten people climbing James Peak, but there were a whole lotta vehicles parked all along the road to Loch Lomond. The coordinates for the summit are N39 51.122, W105 41.437. Maneuver about for a revealing look down the Loch Lomond and Mammoth Gulch drainages, and over the vast tundra flat through which you traveled to reach the base of James Peak. This is a moderate one way trail to Loch Lomond Dam in Arapaho National Forest. James Peak is a popular summer hike with several route possibilities. Once at the peak, it provides a great 360-degree view of the Front Range mountains. I saw a Forester head up the 4x4 road and it seemed fine. James Peak is a popular summer hike with several route possibilities. I started at 7:30, reached the summit at 9:45, and got back to the car just after noon. The three we suggest here are all Class 2, with our primary route offering some Class 2+ work on the descent. This is it! On the way down from the peak, more people began to appear, but this is a relatively lightly trafficked 13er. Peak-to-Peak Mileage Chart; 13ers; 360° Summit Panoramas; Map; Export Peak Names to File; Routes. We chose the south side and had to cross some significant boulder talus areas. We have done the best we can to update our information, but you would do well to check on other sites. To the north you could see Lake Granby, Longs Peak, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Solid incline. The entire hike goes easily on Class 2 tundra terrain with some rocky sections, not of prolonged duration. The Top of James Peak. Evans, Bierstadt, and Gray's and Torreys to the south. Flora, Bancroft, Perry, and Eva, as well as Mt. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until September. Find the travel option that best suits you. From the James Peak summit, head down the south ridge. The three we suggest here are all Class 2, with our primary route offering some Class 2+ work on the descent. 4x4s can park at Loch Lomond, shortening the trip. Then I hiked down to Loch Lomond, and took the road back to the car. This trail goes by Stewart Lake Dam. Along the way, you pass through dense forest, creeks, meadows and wildflowers. drove the road to Loch Lomond to start from there (kids wouldn’t of made it all the way otherwise). This paved county road 275 ends in the vicinity of a mountain village called "Alice," mostly a collection of summer cabins, etc. Along the way, you pass through dense forest, creeks, meadows and wildflowers. There is copious amounts of “No Parking” signs all up and down the road. We've done this hike before and it was amazing. Loch Lomond was pretty from above, but the road to it means ATVs and cars with access made it a shitshow. desainme Voted on Oct 21, 2007 8:24 pm Vote: 10/10. The views of the Continental Divide are tremendous and the Loch itself is spectacular. Start at 10,295 and Loch Lomond is … Believe me, you will earn this summit. Decline wasn’t too bad, rocky, but at least it wasn’t lose gravel. Directions to Loch Lomond. Tried to do this hike today but there are signs posted everywhere that the hike is closed...$5,000 fine...so we turned around. The three we suggest here are all Class 2, with our primary route offering some Class 2+ work on the descent. This trail follows a 4x4 trail to Loch Lomond, then connects to the main James Peak Trail. Wild flowers, tiny waterfall, mixed terrain, it’s a great trail. James Peak is a popular summer hike with several route possibilities. Elevation gain was steady and easy up to the lake, from the lake it’s a climb! It is a 1 mile from the parking area to James Peak lake on the trail to the west, Trail 804 I think. Our combined memories recall that the drive back to the Loch was slow enough to make you reconsider if the drive was worth the effort versus hiking by another route. On the way back to Loch Lomond on Steuart Road you can find some dispersed, primitive campsites. The previous reviews don’t make it out to be much, but if you can get past the idea of walking on a road for 2 miles to the lake the rest is just gorgeous. No snow on the initial summit, a little on the trail to the North, but no issues. From I-70, west of Idaho Springs, take exit 238 for the Fall River Road/CR 275. Access all the way to the Loch according to the Arapaho NF site is generally closed from mid-October to mid- July. Added by ... James Peak is one of 76 13,000'+ peaks in Colorado's front range. It's all part of the route-finding fun. Lots of overlooks on the left side as you are climbing up. On your way up to the peak you will pass St. Mary's Glacier. That descent takes you by the upper lakes in the Loch Lomond chain of lakes. Length 9.3 mi Elevation gain 3,011 ft Route type Out & Back ... As you ascend the trail you'll come into view of Loch Lomond, Ice Lake, Mt. Our fund raising campaign has come to a close. Trail Length: 9.52 miles (roundtrip) Trailhead Elevation: 10,373’ James Peak Summit: 13,152’ Elevation Gain: +2,909’ Trailhead Location: From I-70, exit #238 for St Mary’s – Alice – Fall River Road.From the exit ramp, turn north on CR 275 and drive 9.2 miles to the St Mary’s Glacier Trailhead on the left (west) side of the road. Loch Lomond is a wonderful destination and well worth the 2.5 mile hike up the Jeep road. In person this scene was really much better than this photo (...you really had to be there). Too late in the season for many wildflowers. The final drop to the saddle will be the most difficult part of this descent, along with the 400 ft. trip down the slope to Ice Lake. At Ice Lake, hiking around either the north or south side of the lake is not easy due to boulder talus, talus and rubble. take your time on this descent. After about three and half hours of hiking with stops we made it to the top! The Loch Lomond route to James Peak is a fairly steep ascent to the summit of a very prominent Continental Divide 13'er. Looks close, doesn't it? Definitely recommend! After a few intersections at 1.1 miles, then turn right onto Steuart Road, NFSR 701. This descent left a long-lasting impression on us. Because of our suggested descent, even though the overall mileage and elevation gain are on the low side, we would recommend this route mostly for younger teenagers and older who have some proven ability on Class 2+ terrain. Before you reach the summit of James Peak you will pass two false summits. Beautiful hike with some incredible views. © 2020 The Climbing Cooneys. The road is still currently being described as very rough and rocky but easy to handle. James Peak via Loch Lomond [GESCHLOSSEN] ist ein 9.3 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Idaho Springs, Colorado. The views of the Continental Divide are tremendous and the Loch itself is spectacular. The road follows the Fall River in a generally NW direction. Some snow at the top. ... Steuart Lake and Loch Lomond. The three we suggest here are all Class 2, with our primary route offering some Class 2+ work on the descent. Loch Lomond is a great base to tour the lower western areas of Scotland giving easy access to some of the prettiest places in the UK.The other good thing is that you can reach the shores of the loch in around 5hrs from our base in Belper.. Where to Stay. Hike to Loch Lomond. James Peak is a popular summer hike with several route possibilities. The rivers were flowing very nicely. Rate this Adventure 4.6 miles 948 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail Save Add Review Get Directions Add Photo. Links to other information, routes & trip reports for this peak that may be helpful. This will take you back  west and SW  for a short distance. Within 18 miles to I-70, close to shopping, dining in Idaho Springs. Accessing this route requires high clearance 4WD. Soon, the Continental Divide Trail will come in from the right. Accessing this route requires high clearance 4WD. Left car a little after 6:30; there were very few people at the Loch. The three we suggest here are all Class 2, with our primary route offering some Class 2+ work on the descent. This mountain serves as the intersection of Gilpin, Clear Creek, and Grand counties, and the views on the trip up are almost as rewarding as the views from the summit itself. That descent takes you by the upper lakes in the Loch Lomond chain of lakes. There are two ways to get to Bill Moore Lake, many people drive their OHVs along a series of forest service roads, however, the more scenic way to reach the lake is via the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Turn right onto Steuart Raod. You’ll come across a wooden sign on a tree pointing to Loch Lomond and James Peak. Loch Lomond Dam via Steuart Road . The other two suggestions can be accessed by passenger car. Buyer will need to drill a well and install septic for utilities if want to build a house/cabin. As you head up the east face of James peak you will see Loch Lomond, Reynolds Lake, Stuart Lake, Ohman Lake, and Ice Lake. The trail will cut through some willows, cross some rocky rubble and then continue north through some more willows before breaking out onto tundra/grass terrain. — WaxDr • Jul 30, 2016 "Jeeped into Loch Lomond the day before and set up camp. Peak Summary. James Peak via Loch Lomond [CLOSED] is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. James Peak via Loch Lomond is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. At Ohman and Stewart Lakes, you should be able to locate a good trail which can then be followed back down to Loch Lomond, ending on the SSE corner of the reservoir. Accessing this route requires high clearance 4WD. link Copy Link. After about three and half hours of hiking with stops we made it to the top! After 400 feet of gain, the trail will turn more to the west and begin the long trek toward the summit of James Peak. Finish out the ascent to the summit. Arrived 7AM, not at all busy on the way up, and only moderate traffic coming up when I was on the way down. Follow Fall River Road for about 8.4 miles and turn left onto Alice Road. This is the same road that leads up to the well-known St. Mary's Lake and Glacier. Les 4x4 peuvent se garer au Loch Lomond, ce qui raccourcit le voyage. Peak Summary. James Peak is a popular summer hike with several route possibilities. As you head up the east face of James peak you will see Loch Lomond, Reynolds Lake, Stuart Lake, Ohman Lake, and Ice Lake. For updates, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recarea/?recid=28484 Note: As of November 2020, the upper and lower gates are both closed for the season. The views are quite spectacular. Once on James Peak, I took in the smoky views north toward the Indian Peaks Wilderness before starting down its south ridge to the saddle with Mount Bancroft. Hiked 9/14. For those that have done the Loch Lomond hike / drive before, this is an awesome hike to experience the lakes and peaks there from a new perspective. The trail from the tundra basin heads up parallel with the ridge and cuts north just before mile 4. Hands down, one of my spots with the most majestic of views! There is a lower and upper gate on this road that are seasonally locked. James Peak via Continental Divide Trail. Trail Length: 9.52 miles (roundtrip) Trailhead Elevation: 10,373’ James Peak Summit: 13,152’ Elevation Gain: +2,909’ Trailhead Location: From I-70, exit #238 for St Mary’s – Alice – Fall River Road.From the exit ramp, turn north on CR 275 and drive 9.2 miles to the St Mary’s Glacier Trailhead on the left (west) side of the road. James Peak is a popular summer hike with several route possibilities. Thanks to all who have contributed for their support! Mount Bancroft (left) and James Peak (right). Parking on Alice Rd seemed like a bad idea. Flora. Posts about James Peak written by linhartb. That descent takes you by the upper lakes in the Loch Lomond chain of lakes. The northeast fork goes a short distance to the road to Loch Lomond, if you head west (left) on the road you will come back to where the other branch of the trail crosses the road. The Loch Lomond route to James Peak is a fairly steep ascent to the summit of a very prominent Continental Divide 13'er. « PREV NEXT ... 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