“A great trail leading from the open meadows of Moraine Park up to Cub Lake.”
— Brian Smith
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
A park favorite, this trail to a mountain pond travels through woods that blaze with color in the fall. You could do a short out-and-back to the lake, or loop using Fern Lake Trail.
Beginning at the Cub Lake
Trailhead, start your hike by following the trail to the south and across the Big Thompson River. You'll continue south along the western side of Moraine Park before turning westward at a junction with South Lateral Moraine Trail
The trail's grade will remain very manageable as it contours to the west, just north of Sheep Mountain. Once the trail turns southward (left), the grade steepens drastically. This is the short but steep approach to Cub Lake
makes for a great rest stop or picnic destination. Enjoy the richness of your surroundings before either turning around to retrace your steps, or continue on Cub Lake
Trail. The trail descends from the lake for just under a mile to a junction with Fern Lake Trail
Flora & Fauna
Depending on the season, herds of elk and mule deer can be seen grazing in the meadows at Moraine Park.