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I did this hike last summer for our family reunion. I had all my little ones with me and they had a hard time lucky I had people there to help my kids up the trail. the falls are so beautiful. great views. definitely going back when the kids are a little older.

We started at Nymph Lake, intending to go to Alberta Falls and beyond, but we’re clearly unprepared as the trails were so packed they were like ice. So we came to try Cub Lake trail’s lower elevation and were not disappointed! It’s fairly flat in the early going but before too long it climbs and affords some great scenery. The lake itself is gorgeous and we had it all to ourselves, probably due to some light snow/sleet but it was no problem. This is a great first-day hike for people looking to acclimate before taking one of the more challenging hikes at higher elevations.

Lovely!

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful trail!

hiking
13 days ago

Short, difficult hike going straight up from the Loveland Pass parking area. Hiked in early December before most of the big snowfalls, and most of the path had no snow. Couldn't make it to the summit of Mt. Sniktau because of the wind - it almost knocked me off of my feet once I reached the ridge. Fantastic views from this side, but I had more fun hiking on the ridge trail on the other side of the parking lot.

This is not a "bang for your buck" kind of hike, like the big name hikes out of the main RMNP east entrance. I ran into several tourists near the entrance who seemed disappointed with the hike. Instead this is a hike for solitude and being in the wilderness. Really nice water features along the hike and pristine woodland. If you need some peace and quiet then this is your hike.

We clocked 8.25 miles accounting for the extra 2 miles (1 each way) due to the winter parking lot as well as some wandering around the falls. we had snowshoes but never used them, however I suggest having them right now just in case. The waterfalls will be a lot more exciting in a month or so.

hiking
21 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous views especially rounding the first right when you get a glimpse of the mountains. Micro spikes would have been helpful farther up about a half mile from the lake. Quietly passed within 6 feet of a young male elk feasting higher up the mountain. Majestic. Plenty of elk at the base of the mountain on our way out. Definitely a peaceful and soul-filling hike.

hiking
27 days ago

Hiked this on a Monday in late January, just boots. Packed snow almost all the way to the lake, then loose snow at least 3 ft. deep for the last half mile and all around the lake. Ultra windy. Clearly a busy trail on weekends.

Hiked this trail in late September 2017. This wasn't on our agenda, but due to the weather closing down the road to the west side of the park we took this trail.

Turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip because we were able to see three moose (Bull, cow, and calf). The trail follows the river and they were seen near the river feeding. It was some what difficult to no be so close to them due to the proximity of the trail to the river.

We only went to the falls, quite a climb, but worth the trek. Be sure to dress with warm clothes, as you get to a higher elevation the temperature drops.

snowshoeing
28 days ago

Feb 25 2018 - Beautiful morning snowshoeing adventure. Great forest coverage throughout, with some sporadic views of the St Vrain valley that you're trekking through. It was snowy enough to require snowshoes. The frozen cascades are pretty spectacular. You do have to walk about a mile to the trailhead in the winter from the open parking lot, which is a bit of a bummer. [3.8/5]

hiking
29 days ago

Awesome hike. Short, but difficult. Amazing views. Super windy at the top, would have liked to continue on to the other peaks, but decided to descend since I wasn't appropriately dressed.

hiking
1 month ago

awesome hike. bluebird skies on 3/17. no need for spikes. brought trekking poles to ease descent. dress appropriately it is windy and cold even on a low wind day like I had. Loveland pass was forecasted to have 10-15 mph winds.

Hit the trail at 7:20 took me about 2.5-3 hours to do the whole thing. The first section up to the saddle of Sniktau/Cupid is rough. Easy to psyche yourself out there especially when the sun hasn't come over there hillside and it's windy. Stick through it though, totally worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

This was an awesome trail today (Mar 17, 2018). Pretty short, but spectacular views. I started off wanting to do Grizzly/Cupid but the winds looked rough on the summit of Grizzly. On the Snitaku ridge line winds were pretty calm, they picked up around 9 am but were probably not more than 15-20 MPH. I left the TH around 7:15 am and probably finished in 2.5-3 hours---forgot to record on my phone. The trail is pretty much bare, no need for traction, flotation, or gaiters.

1 month ago

Definitely recommend spikes. Snowy towards the end. Falls were frozen over which made the hike anticlimactic. Would recommend saving this for when it gets warmer.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty easy hike and would be easier without any snow. I would do it again.

1 month ago

Excellent views and waterfall

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked about a month or so ago and loved this one. I had never taken this road around Moraine Park so it was a completely new area of the park for me. Not many people at all compared to the huge crowds at Bear Lake or Glacier Gorge Trailheads.

Fern Lake is beautiful and has some incredible views once you get out there. The 25+MPH winds were the reason I only spent a few minutes out there even though I would have loved to spend much longer out there.

on Ouzel Falls Trail

1 month ago

Wow! Windy and tough but a great snowshoe/winter hike. Snowshoes not necessary but helpful

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent day! Wild basin trail was snow packed all the way up to Ozuel falls, only needed boots. We decided to keep trekking and loop back on North St. Vrain fire trail and this area had not been touched so snow shoes are necessary until you get back to wild basin trail. As seen in previous trail reports MOOSE are active in area we saw 3 in separate locations and a bull who did not want to be disturbed ! Careful and enjoy
P.S. upper trail head is closed in winter this adds about 2 miles to total.

Tough but rewarding winter hike. Got off trail really quickly and just decided to stay that way. Deep powder, wore snow shoes entire time. It’s crazy cold up top. Check the wind report. Must bring mittens with liners, hand warmers (seriously), head and neck protection, base layer/ maybe fleece under pants, glasses or goggles, poles. Incredible views and solitude. Would definitely go back.

hiking
1 month ago

Catching up on some reviews, so recognize that I was here in mid-October. Visited for a weekend to escape busy college life, and this was our first hike in the park. Very few people, which was a big plus. Falls were beautiful and already party freezing. On our way back, we went the rest of the way around the lake, not realizing how much longer it would take. Still enjoyable and recommend the hike to any visitor.

Today the trail started off muddy and with a little snow. Once you get past Cub lake the snow got very deep in spots. Bring poles and snow pants to make it easier.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely awesome. Fun hike to do with friends.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

I went on Wednesday 02-07-18 and it was lovely. Be careful/aware of the 2 giant moose that are greeting you as you are coming and going close to the official TH. Add at least 2 miles to hike the road to the TH as road is closed part of the way down. Brought micro spikes and snowshoes but only used the snowshoes after halfway point.

on Cub Lake Trail Loop

hiking
2 months ago

Great winter hike! It was very windy but it hadn't snowed in a while so the snow was mostly packed down up the lake. After the lake down to the pools, gaiters would be helpful as the snow has drifted knee deep in some places. The fern lake section had a bit more ice but I didn't have spikes. I started early but the trailhead parking was a bit full when I left. The loop took me about 3 hrs but I wasn't going that quickly.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful! Hiked only with boots and didn't need microspikes. Very windy.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing trail! so quiet and peaceful.... make sure you have some spikes, there are some areas with a bit of ice.

hiking
3 months ago

The road leading to the trailhead for Ouzel was blocked off about 1.3 miles short of the trailhead, making it a slightly longer hike. The road is very flat and easy to hike though. The trail was completely snow covered, which in my opinion made the hike so much more beautiful deep in the alpine woods. I highly recommend hiking with cramp-ons and gators. The snow was getting pretty deep at times even on the trail and certain sections of the trail are completely ice covered and difficult to cross without spikes. All in all this was a very pretty and leisurely hike which includes a variety of fantastic scenery.

1/6: mix of dirt and snow, spikes not needed. Did not summit. Wind picked up to at least 40+mph? And gets much colder. Bring an extra layer to change into halfway and gloves with liners. Sunglasses or goggles also would make the hike more enjoyable

We hiked this with our bridal party after our wedding. We wanted to show everyone how beautiful Colorado was. Everyone on the hike couldn’t stop commenting on how beautiful this place was. It wasn’t a difficult hike I’d say easy/moderate. It’s definitely so worth going. We will definitely be hiking this again.

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