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Fern - Odessa Lake Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (10)

A well-traveled trail connecting Bear Lake, Odessa Lake and Fern Lake.


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Point to Point

10,649' 3,246 m

High

9,472' 2,887 m

Low

1,182' 360 m

Up

644' 196 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail can be accessed from either the Fern Lake Trailhead or the Bear Lake Trailhead. If coming from the Fern Lake Trailhead, follow the Fern Lake Trail for its entire length until you reach a junction with this trail, just before Fern Lake. Coming from Bear Lake, navigate to the Flattop Mountain Trail and follow it to the west until you see this trail branch off to the right (north).

This trail acts as a connector between Bear Lake and Fern/Odessa Lakes. Traveling from North to South, the trail ascends steeply from the junction with Fern Lake Trail to Fern Lake. This is one of the most visited lakes in the park and with good reason. The lake sits in awe of the staggering rock formation known as Little Matterhorn.

Continue the hike up the trail and you'll arrive at Odessa Lake, which is even closer to the Little Matterhorn Formation. From Odessa Lake, the trail begins climbing the northern flank of Joe Mills Mountain. As you round the mountain and begin to head northeast, the views of Notch Top Mountain will be gorgeous. At this point, it's all downhill to an intersection with Flattop Mountain Trail just above Bear Lake.

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Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 10 votes

#11

in Bear Lake

#6373

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  4.4 from 10 votes
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Trail Rankings

#11

in Bear Lake

#470

in Colorado

#6,373

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Photos

Landscape
Jan 19, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
View of Odessa Lake taken near Lake Helene
Apr 22, 2019 near Grand Lake, CO
Lake Odessa
May 4, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Fish eye view of Fern Lake.
May 23, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Fern Lake looking at Notchtop Mountain
May 4, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
View of Odessa Lake from Lake Helene.
Jun 24, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO

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Check-Ins

Sep 18, 2020
Stefano Guidolin
We stopped at Odessa lake.
Jun 21, 2020
Riley Mansker
Easier than flattop still ambitious.
Oct 20, 2019
Private User
Sep 23, 2018
Paula Samaha
Sep 2, 2018
Tyler Kanaval
gorgeous views. caught an amazing greenback 2mi
Jul 11, 2018
Colin K
3.7mi
May 16, 2018
Alice Lin
Dec 5, 2017
Marcin Rodzko