Cub Lake Trail Loop

EASY 50 reviews
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Cub Lake Trail Loop is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

6.1 miles 846 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from Estes Park: Travel west on Hwy 36 past the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station Bear Lake Roadd. Take this road south (left) to the turn--off for the Cub Lake and Fern Lake Trailheads and Moraine Park. The trailhead is about two miles on this road.

30 days ago

Great easy hike! Very pretty. I saw about four people in the way to cub lake. Once I got to the pool there were more people who hiked from fern lake trail head. Nice easy hike to log some miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Fairly easy hike except the last 1/2 mile or so which goes uphill fairly steady. Mostly flat at the beginning but it does get going up. It was a bit steeper than I had anticipated but is really moderate. The lake is nothing special compared to some of the higher lakes in the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty easy, flat for the most part to the lake. Good views, but the pine trees surrounding lake were dead. Pretty aspen grove before reaching lake. The elk were very close to trail when we went in the evening. We did a loop to the Pool and came out at Fern Lake trailhead which was nice because the hike past Cub lake was all downhill.

hiking
1 month ago

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hiking
2 months ago

This loop was great! The second half (if you go clockwise) is especially beautiful.

3 months ago

Other than constantly dodging horse manure it was a pleasant evening hike. I don't get no dogs but horses can go and leave giant piles of crap everywhere....

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail, not much to see until you get to cub lake. Even then it was covered with lily pads and not that pretty

3 months ago

walking
4 months ago

Pleasant, low impact but decent length of walk. Go clockwise to front load the steep and rocky parts and have an easier second half as the south section of the loop has more challenging terrain.
Plenty of water sources so you could take a filter to save carrying your own.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

Trail was long and somewhat boring for most of the trail. Cub lake is pretty with Lilly pads covering most the water. A bull elk was spotted with babies and many gorgeous wild flowers along the whole trail. Fire damage has opened up the cover to much sunlight.

5 months ago

Started out on fern trail and used cub lake trail to complete the loop, great hike! Lots of wild lowers in early July.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail feels longer than it should be. It's a beautiful hike and at lower elevation it makes for a good trainer to harder hikes.

hiking
5 months ago

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hiking
5 months ago

Fairly easy trail. Hiked in 2016. Fire damage has left much of the trail open to sunlight. If you sunburn easy wear sunblock. Some nice views for photos and picnics. Saw two elk close to the trail.