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Cub Lake Loop

 29 votes

Length

6.0 Miles 9.7 Kilometers


Elevation

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

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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

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.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife

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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Apr 14, 2018
Kyle Ross
9mi
Jan 13, 2018
Tony Harper
6mi
Oct 20, 2017
Vino Philip
With Pradeep, Ron, Megha
Oct 8, 2017
Scott EHopkins
6mi
Sep 14, 2017
Drew C
Ended up doing the route in the opposite direction. Definitely made the climb to Cub Lake much easier. 6.6mi
Sep 10, 2017
Kim Kim
Aug 19, 2017
A Adcroft
6mi
Aug 17, 2017
Shawn Reeder
Great hike. We're a few mosquitoes on the dirt road back to the car, but no big deal. This is a great hike. 6mi

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 28 votes

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in Moraine Park

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in Moraine Park

#30

in Colorado

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