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Cub Lake Loop

 4.5 (37)

Length


6.0 Miles 9.7 Kilometers


635' 193 m

Ascent

-633' -193 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

8,685' 2,647 m

High

8,063' 2,458 m

Low

Shared By Kristen Arendt

Conditions


All Clear 34 days ago
Mostly Dry - LOADS of horse crap History

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A loop from the open meadows of Moraine Park up to Cub Lake and back along the Big Thompson River.

Kristen Arendt

Dogs No Dogs

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

Overview

This hike incorporates a great mixture of open meadows, scenic rivers and lakes, and mountain views. The first half of the loop does have one short and steep climb to Cub Lake, but otherwise the trail is gradual and well-maintained.

Description

Beginning at the Cub Lake Trailhead, start the hike by following the Cub Lake 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 continuing on Cub Lake Trail. The trail descends from the lake for just under a mile to a junction with Fern Lake Trail at the Pool.

From the Pool at the junction take a right onto Fern Lake Trail and descend alongside 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.

Once you reach the Fern Lake Trailhead, continue on the Fern Lake Road for approximately one mile. This road will loop you back around to the Cub Lake Trailhead to finish the hike.

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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Jul 13, 2018
Shauna Owens
Go the opposite direction of this map and you'll encounter less people. Cub lake is also a great place for bear sightings on the other side of the… 6mi
Jul 11, 2018
Hannah Asfeldt
Jul 9, 2018
Tracey Ziniel
Jul 8, 2018
Brendan Scott
Saw to Mose!! 7mi
Jul 1, 2018
Ian A
Jun 21, 2018
Gabrielle Grund
Jun 18, 2018
Mark Olson
Jun 13, 2018
Jared Brewster
Good trail, LOADS of horse crap currently, feet will stay dry whole time though 6mi

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 37 votes

#1

in Moraine Park

#91

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  4.5 from 37 votes
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#1

in Moraine Park

#29

in Colorado

#91

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