Loch Lomond  
USGS 7.5' Map: Empire
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR701.1 2.10 10,400 to 11,200 ft. NA 1 hour
County: Clear Creek
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest,
Clear Creek Ranger District
101 Chicago Creek Road
P.O. Box 3307
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Summary: The Loch Lomond road is an easy road that connects Alice with the Loch Lomond reservoir.
Attractions: Mountain reservoir.
Agnecy - The first 0.8 miles December 2 through May 31. The last 1.25 miles October 16 to July 14.
Best Time: June - Only the first 0.8 miles may be open
July - Full road may open by July 15
August - Best
September - Best
October - Last 1.25 miles closed on October 16
Trail Heads
Loch Lomond Trail - Hiking
Continental Divide Trail-D - Hiking, Equestrian, Bike
Camping: There are a few dispersed camp sites along the Loch Lomond road. The last tenth of a mile, and around the reservoir dam, there is no camping. The area around the large parking spot is private property.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp to explore the 4WD roads around Kingston Peak.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly pine forest
Navigation: From Idaho Springs, I-70 exit 240, head west on I-70 for 1.8 miles. Take exit 238 toward Fall River Road and go 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Fall River Road and go 8.3 miles. Turn left onto Alice Road and go 0.9 miles. Turn right onto Steuart Road. This is the Loch Lomond road.
Steuart Road heads west into the pine forest as a graded road. Just below a tailing pile the road will narrow up and get a bit rougher. From here you are on public lands until you get to Loch Lomond. The road will follow Fall River and then slowly turn north climbing up into a flatter area. The road will cross through more open areas and pass old spur roads on the left that have been blocked off. This is the area where the dispersed campsites begin. The road will now run along the creek that exits Loch Lomond. Shortly you will be above timberline. Just before the large parking area at the dam you will have a rough section to drive. At the parking area you will have access to the shore of Loch Lomond. Neading northwest out of the parking lot is an old two track that is a trail that takes you up to Reynolds Lake. North of Reynolds Lake is Steuart Lake and Ohman Lake. Over the ridge to the southwest of Reynolds Lake is Lake Caroline. And for the hardy hiker there is Ice Lake, way up above Ohman Lake just below the saddle between James Peak and Perry Peak, within the James Peak Wilderness.

Google Earth view of the lakes

Data updated - May 17, 2019      4WD Road driven - July 7, 1984      Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2019