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Cub Lake Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (14)

A great trail leading from the open meadows of Moraine Park up to Cub Lake.


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3.4

Miles

5.4

KM

Point to Point

8,699' 2,651 m

High

8,054' 2,455 m

Low

679' 207 m

Up

403' 123 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly 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.

Description

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.

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.

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Shared By:

Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 14 votes

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in Moraine Park

#1991

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#3

in Moraine Park

#252

in Colorado

#1,991

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Photos

September 5, 2013 - Elk Rutt
Jan 28, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Cub Lake
Aug 18, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Big Thompson River Waterfall
Apr 16, 2018 near Estes Park, CO
Cub Lake has an awesome Mountain View!
Apr 16, 2018 near Estes Park, CO
Views of Cub Lake on July 18, 2016
Jul 20, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Cub Lake after the Fire
Aug 18, 2015 near Estes Park, CO

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Sep 19, 2020
Bill Rizzo
Aug 28, 2020
Sang Lintakoon
76 degrees hike to cub lake & back with kait. took pics at lake and trail ran a little back bc of rain. shorts, tank, cotopaxi jacket. slight incline 4.6mi — 2h 20m
Jul 28, 2020
Jonathan Everest
Jun 11, 2020
Kimberly Taylor
Nov 9, 2019
Jen Jen
Sep 11, 2019
Mike Sanders
Sep 3, 2019
Scott Marcus
Aug 9, 2019
Linda Reeves