Trailhead: Glacier Gorge
Distance: 2.9 mi
Elevation Change: 1,000'
The distance cited above is based on hiking by Alberta Falls. Taking the "Fire" trail reduces the distance by about a half mile. The trail by Alberta Falls is one of the most popular in the park, so be prepared for crowds at all times of year. After Alberta Falls, the trail skirts the south flank of East Glacier Knob before arriving at the junction of trails to Mills Lake, The Loch, and the unimproved Haiyaha trail (as well as the "Fire" trail). Follow the signs to the Loch. The trail zig zags up the hillside north of Icy Brook before depositing the hiker on the east shore of the Loch.
In winter, from the trail junction simply proceed up Icy Creek to the lake.