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blue Cub Lake Loop

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Trail

6.0 mile 9.7 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 635' 193 m
Descent: -633' -193 m
High: 8,685' 2,647 m
Low: 8,063' 2,458 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

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

Kristen Arendt

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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Jun 10, 2019
Shannon Quintos
6.5mi — 2h 36m
Jun 8, 2019
lindsey n.
May 26, 2019
William Kleeberger
Lots of wildlife and a great view of the mountains! — 2h 00m
May 20, 2019
Abby Andersen
May 16, 2019
Matt Kovars
Apr 29, 2019
Steven Springer
Jan 19, 2019
Daylene York
6mi
Nov 6, 2018
Eric Internicola
Hiked with Mike, Rachel, Brian and Kate. 6mi

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 54 votes

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in Moraine Park

#97

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in Moraine Park

#31

in Colorado

#97

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