Fern Lake Trail

 7 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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May 27, 2017
Brent Wadman
May 8, 2017
Andrew Clem
Aug 8, 2016
Liam W.
Jul 29, 2016
Micah Sevitts
2.8 miles to the falls. Last .8 miles on incline. Nice places to stop by water's edge. 3mi — 12h 20m
Jul 23, 2016
Katie Millar
Went to the pool with kenzie and alyssa 3mi
Jun 18, 2016
Nick Gooch
Great hike. 9 miles round trip with the extra wanderings. 9mi — 8h 30m
May 29, 2016
Christopher Edwards
Sunday, May 29, 2016 Chris & Kim — 10h 30m
May 22, 2016
Jayne White
Hiked up to Falls but didn't think we had enough time in the day to fully enjoy lake...plus we wanted to fish in it, but we heard it was mostly frozen 5mi

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 7 votes

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in Moraine Park

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in Moraine Park

#178

in Colorado

#1,885

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