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Fern - Odessa Lake Trail

 4.6 (8)

Length


4.0 Miles 6.4 Kilometers


1,182' 360 m

Ascent

-644' -196 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

10,649' 3,246 m

High

9,472' 2,887 m

Low

Shared By Brian Smith

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

Brian Smith

Dogs No Dogs

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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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
Sep 16, 2017
mike hesh
Amazing mountain views. 8mi
Sep 11, 2017
Stavros Mitchelides
9mi
Aug 19, 2017
Madison Watson

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 8 votes

#8

in Bear Lake

#1199

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  4.6 from 8 votes
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#8

in Bear Lake

#165

in Colorado

#1,199

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Erin Marie
Colorado Springs, Co
Erin Marie   Colorado Springs, Co
side trails to Helena and Two Rivers Lakes are very nice. There are faint trails if you look for them Jun 24, 2018

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