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Cub Lake Trail Loop [CLOSED]

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Cub Lake Trail Loop is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 744 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

snow

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

1 month ago

Beautiful loop. We went when the sun was shining and saw an abundance of wildlife. Relatively easy hike.

2 months ago

We hiked this Weds, 3/11 starting from the Fern Lake TH. We wore microspikes & easily made it to The Pool. We only made it 0.5 mile past The Pool before the snow drifts become too deep & we could no longer see the trail & turned back. It was still a great hike in spite of not making it around the loop.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Snow, mud and some treacherous spots o be navigated. Great for spotting animals. We saw elk and moose.

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2 months ago

hiked this one 1.5 weeks ago. mix of dry, mud, ice and snow. spikes needed. parts of trail pretty narrow and some places snow not very packed was beautiful hike and we enjoyed it.

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2 months ago

Love this trail as there is a variety of scenery and not an extreme elevation change. There is still a lot of snow in the shady areas. Melt is occurring so lots of mud, puddles and slippery spots with some ice. Spikes would have been helpful in a few sections.

recorded Recording - Mar 07, 1:57 PM

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, decent snow coverage still. Having micro-spikes made it MUCH easier.

hiking
icy
2 months ago

Trail had ice and packed snow along the trail. We use micro-spikes. Beautiful hike with bird watching.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, we did not use snowshoes or micro spikes.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike for our group of 8. We wore spikes for the first part of the trail. Snowshoes and post holing for the midway section of the trail. It was challenging for those leading the pack. I was personally thrilled to be at the end of the line! It was a little tricky at some spots- sliding in our snowshoes while we were breaking trail. For the returning section of our hike, some of us did not even wear our spikes. I strongly recommend having the AllTrails or some type of GPS mapping as some of the trail was difficult to locate. We had a great time!!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Snow shoed this while it was snowing beautiful and definitely some wildlife!

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Loved this loop! There was a lot of variety- frozen lake, woods, mountain views, and frozen creek. Not too difficult in terms of elevation gain. I would definitely recommend spikes if going soon, there was a good amount of packed snow and some ice.

camping
4 months ago

Natchez Trace State Park is a great park with several camping options. Cabin, back country, tent, RV. We did back country hike on Cub Lake Trail to the back country site. The hike starts from the ranger station and follows the Red Leaves Trail. The Cub Lake trail branches off of Red Leaves and takes you around Cub Lake. The trail is a moderate hike without a lot of elevation changes, so relatively easy. There is a portion of the trail that passes through a swampy area, so depending on the amount of recent rain can be a little adventerous to pick your way around were the water flows. There are a couple of short sections on the trail where you do follow a vehicle traveled gravel road. It is a very beautiful area and lake. We went in late fall and the trees had vibrant colored leaves making for beautiful scenery around the lake. The back country campsite provided a covered shelter with 4 bunk beds, two tables to set down gear, and fire pit. Short hike down the hill to lake for a water source. The remainder of the trail will take you around Cub Lake and eventually to the campground with cabins and hookups where there is also a sandy swim beach on the lake.

snowshoeing
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snow
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this with my girlfriend in late May 2019. Well maintained trail with plenty of wildlife- birds and elk. We hiked up to cub lake trail and turned back so didn’t meet much of the elevation. Overall great trail.

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4 months ago

did this on 12/21. very fun. easy hike. path was good

hiking
4 months ago

First time I’ve done the full loop. Steady climb to the lake then you’re home free. Beautiful sunrise and snowfall today. Definitely need spikes due to slick ice up to the lake and snow pack from the lake back.

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5 months ago

The combination of mild weather, an early morning start, a lightly trafficked trail with interesting views and unusual cloud formations all along the way makes this one of my favorites so far this winter. Packed snow, some icy spots, micro spikes suggested. No avalanche danger and not much gain of altitude so we were able to really enjoy taking stops along the way for photos. Saw elk herd in the meadow upon arriving to the trailhead and a couple of large elk bucks at Cub Lake. From Cub to the Pool, there was less snow pack probably because people were not hiking the full loop. The large rocks just after the pool are very cool and we saw moose and large cat scat on the trail.

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