Fern Lake Trail

MODERATE 70 reviews
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Fern Lake Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

7.3 miles 1576 feet Out & Back

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

A relatively uncrowded hike to a scenic mountain lake accessed from the Moraine Park area of RMNP. Great views of Notchtop Mountain and the Little Matterhorn from the lake's North side.

18 days ago

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1 month ago

Nice variety of views on this hike. We stopped and enjoyed more than we normally do on hikes because there was so much to take in. All the elevation gain seems to happen about halfway through the full length of things, but it makes going down quite a pleasure! Want to do this trail all the way to Odessa Lake and then out toward Bear Lake, that'd be awesome as Odessa Lake is the most beautiful I've seen in RMNP so far.

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1 month ago

Moderate, climbed the whole way to the lake some parts steeper than others. You go past the Pool, and Fern Falls on this trail. There's a cool ranger log cabin by the lake. Good rocky mountain views

1 month ago

I love this trail. We usually start at Bear Lake and end at the Fern Lake trailhead, I love it because you get a little bit of everything from being in the pines to the aspens, the fall and so many beautiful lakes! You can spend hours just wondering!

1 month ago

2 months ago

Great time of the year to go. The weather was just right. Some foot traffic but not too bad. The river runs by the trail pretty much 1/3 of the way to the lake. The lake itself is breathtaking. I've seen many a mountain-nestled lake, and this makes top three.

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2 months ago

Beautiful colors in the fall. Highly trafficked but was a Saturday and peak time for fall colors, so no surprise there. Beautiful bodies of water all along. Felt like a fairy tale.

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2 months ago

25 SEPT 2016 - Very nice hike on a crisp late-September morning, a trail lined with aspens and following a river up to beautiful Fern Lake, framed by Notchtop and Little Matterhorn. Arrived at the trailhead (at the end of a dirt road, no high clearance necessary) at 0820, and there was plenty of parking still. Trail starts out easy, but then past "the pool," the incline increases and difficulty goes up to moderate/strenuous. Arrived at Fern Lake by 1010. Gorgeous, serene setting at the top on this cool morning. Was back down to the trailhead by 1145. Trail was well trodden and well maintained, except that it was covered in horse crap.

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2 months ago

It's an enjoyable trail, not too steep with lots of shade in the morning. Most of the incline is spent climbing up half dirt, half rock switchbacks type paths which are very easy to find and follow. The end view is a good sized mountain lake surround by thick green forest. Trees surround the lake so no longer range views of the ridges. Very calm place to eat lunch before heading on to other trails. Took us somewhere near four hours up and down with my two younger sisters, who are from Midwest elevation and not blessed with long legs or endurance, taking plenty of stops.

3 months ago

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Started at daylight, didn't see anyone until I was at fern lake

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3 months ago

3 months ago

It's a great trail, the parking is a nightmare. Do yourself a favor and take the shuttle.

3 months ago

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3 months ago

The trail to the lake was gorgeous. Very well shaded with wonderful rock formations. As a pregnant woman with 2 months to go, I would say it's a little harder than moderate. But dipping into the lake helps. Overall a great workout, as you get closer to the lake uphill is a little steep. But beautiful and worth the work.

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3 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

Great hike! Some poison ivy next to the trail in the barn area. Gorgeous at Odessa Lake!