Cub Lake Trail Loop

EASY 157 reviews
#20 of 140 trails in

Cub Lake Trail Loop is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
902 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

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12 days ago

I find it strange that the "Cub Lake" out and back version on here is rated Moderate, but this loop (which encompasses the same trail as the other one) is rated Easy. This is definitely a moderate trail. The beginning is easy, but then it's all up from there.

However, it is SO WORTH IT. Beautiful views, wildlife everywhere, and beautiful lake. For birding, amazing! I saw Gray Headed Dark Eyed Juncos, Wilson's Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Mountain Chickadees, Northern Flickers, and Mountain Bluebirds.

Beware the chipmunks at the lake. WAY too friendly and I had to physically remove them from me continually. I couldn't even sit and eat my lunch as they were absolutely harassing. So instead, I climbed to the highest point of the trail and ate lunch overlooking the mountains with a flock of bluebirds. absolutely my favorite hike from my weekend in RMNP.

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26 days ago

Hiked clockwise and greatly preferred the first half through the meadows, up to Cub Lake and down to the pool. Saw an adolescent bear on our trail at Cub Lake, had to wait for him to pass along and go eat berries. Lovely hike though much of the area is regenerating (after a fire?). Hear many people have seen an owl hanging out at the hitching post near Cub Lake though we didn't see him. The last half along the Fern Lake Trail was more crowded and less scenic, though popular with fishermen.

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail that is pretty easy. The section following the Big Thompson River is one of my favorite sections of a trail of all time.

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Moderate hike to cub lake. Lots of pine damage once you get there. Went on to the pools as came face to face with a momma elk and two fawns still with spots. Nothing better than stopping in your tracks and watching ...

1 month ago

Not an easy hike. Most people turned around at the lake instead of doing the loop. Well worth the effort with some great views along the way.

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1 month ago

Beautiful, not crowded at all. Got there at 8, plenty of parking. saw two moose and a deer.