You have a few options for trails to get here. Loch Vale Trail from Bear Lake Trailhead or Sky Pond Trail from Glacier Gorge Trailhead to Andrews Glacier Trail. They come out to about 3.4 to 3.5 miles to Andrews Glacier Trail. 9.5 to 10 miles round trip. RMNP (2 hours / 85 miles from Denver)
Trailhead elevation: 9200′ (Bear Lake) or 9100′ (Glacier Gorge)
Highest elevation: 11,100′
Total elevation gain: 1900-2000′
Admission to RMNP: $20 day pass and details about 7 day or yearly passes (and the occasional free days) is here
This is an update to our attempt last October. We didn’t make it to Taylor Glacier or Sky Pond this time either but we finally saw Andrews Glacier.
This hike (along with most others in RMNP) is well marked and straightforward. You can park at either Bear Lake or Glacier Gorge, although we had to park lower down and take the shuttle. In short, we didn’t plan for the crowds that come for the aspens.
Expect crowds to thin out after Alberta Falls (0.8 miles) and again after the Loch (3 miles). After that, there’s a few hikers due to the popularity of Sky Pond.
It had snowed a bit the night before but the trail was clear until the fork to Andrews Glacier. We made it about a quarter mile in 2-3 inches of snow, then put on our microspikes when we got to the talus field. (If you don’t have them, we love our Kahtoola MICROspikes. They’re beastly on ice.)
I’ll admit, we didn’t quite make it to the glacier. We were about a quarter mile away when we decided to turn around. It was snowing and the wind was barreling down the valley. Even with traction and trekking poles we almost got blown over several times. This and Sky Pond are probably best attempted during the summer.