Fern Lake Trail

 10 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°)

Unknown

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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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Aug 3, 2017
Shane Hoss
Made it to the falls 5.4mi
Jul 31, 2017
Brian Fabbri
Fern lake is nice and good fishing at NW corner. Must hike extra mile to Odessa lake which is gorgeous. Actually need to hike from Bear to fern 9mi
Jul 6, 2017
Ee Ee
Jun 29, 2017
Hillary Sykes
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

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  3.8 from 10 votes

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in Moraine Park

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in Moraine Park

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in Colorado

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