|Cub Lake Trail-head|
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Change: 8,000 feet at trail-head to 8,700 (700 foot elevation gain)
Time of year best to hike: Late June to early October
Recommended Maps: Rocky Mountain National Park
|Mother Deer and Fawn|
Summary: This fairly easy trail starts heading south along the western edge of Moraine Park, but soon turns west and heads slightly up in elevation into a very tame and seldom rocky canyon. The trail is very well worn. I got a 6:30 AM start and was all alone; at later hours this can be a very busy path. 2.3 miles after meandering along meadows, aspen groves, beaver ponds, and Rocky Mountain splendor, the lily pond Cub Lake presents itself.
|The Pool on the Big Thompson|
I continued northwest past the lake to the Pool section of the Big Thompson River, another 1.0 mile beyond Cub Lake. I like hiking loops. At the pool, I change my direction to east on the Fern Lake trail and head 1.7 miles to the trail-head. From here, I have a one mile walk back to the Cub Lake Trail-head on a dirt road overgrown and covered by noisy aspen. Upon my exit, both Fern Lake and Cub Lake Trail-head parking lots were full. It was Thursday, first week in August.
Highlights: herd of elk, otter, deer and her fawn, Cub Lake, roaring Big Thompson River, Arch Rocks, The Pool
|Bridge Crossing - Big Thompson|
|Big Thompson River|
|Exit - Fern Lake Trail-head|