Fern Lake Trail

 14 votes

3.5 Miles 5.7 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,341' 409 m

Ascent

-27' -8 m

Descent

9,466' 2,885 m

High

8,151' 2,485 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

All Clear

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A two-faced (easy, then very hard) trail that leads to a stunning waterfall and serene alpine lake.

Brian Smith

Overview

Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

From the Fern Lake Trailhead, begin along the relatively flat trail paralleling the Big Thompson River. The canyon through which this trail runs is stunning - the northern wall rises abruptly over 1,000 feet above the valley floor.

Just under two miles from the trailhead, the Fern Lake Trail crosses the river and is met by the Moraine Park Cub Lake Trail from the south. The gradual meandering character of the trail is now replaced by steepening grades as it heads up the Fern Creek Drainage.

After an initial contouring ascent, the trail begins a series of switchbacks as the terrain steepens. After two large switchbacks the Fern Creek Falls, which you've surely been hearing, will come into view. Take a moment, or many moments, to enjoy the sheer power of the cascades before hiking up the final portion of trail to Fern Lake.

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Sep 9, 2017
Tamara Mccord
Sep 3, 2017
Josh Littlefield
Continued on to Odessa Lake, and around the lake to the far shore. River flowing well for Sept 3. 9.8mi
Aug 27, 2017
Lisa Yeh
Aug 26, 2017
Lisa Yeh
Aug 24, 2017
Kelsey Norris
Aug 19, 2017
Madison Watson
Aug 8, 2017
Stephanie Cairney
Aug 3, 2017
Shane Hoss
Made it to the falls 5.4mi

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 14 votes

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in Moraine Park

#3543

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in Moraine Park

#343

in Colorado

#3,543

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All Clear 46 days ago
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