Fern Lake Trail

MODERATE 136 reviews
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Fern Lake Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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 May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1601 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

hiking
21 hours ago

3 days ago

This has been my favorite trail so far. I love the ever-present river and the sound of running water that accompanies the hike.
The 1.7 mile hike to The Pool took about an hour and was an easy hike and great for kids.
We continued another mile to Fern Falls and found it to be more difficult due to the incline. This wouldnt be good for reluctant kids, only those kids who really enjoy hiking.
Fern Falls was stunning and provided a refreshing mist. We turned around after Fern Falls and headed back. Our round trip took about 3 hours and was 5.4 miles. It was a beautiful hike!

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
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hiking
4 days ago

Fantastic hike yesterday! Trail has some open areas of sun shining through but also wooded in other parts. When you reach Fern Falls you'll welcome the mist; the climb will definitely get your heart rate up! Incredible views of the mountains towering over the lake.

backpacking
5 days ago

Trail is in great shape- first half to the pool is very easy hike - second half to Fern lake is definitely more difficult. Take the side hike to spruce lake if you have time. Fern lake is gorgeous but Spruce lake is even more picturesque.

hiking
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hiking
9 days ago

Nice hike up past a couple of waterfalls that were moving very quickly! The area around Fern Lake has packed snow around it as you approach. Since I'm from Houston and unfamiliar with walking on snow/ice, I opted for microspikes and poles to go up the hill. Locals were doing this part in boots or tennis shoes. The climb up is steady from the Pool up to Fern Lake.

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hiking
12 days ago

Favorite hike for sure in the park. A gradual climb the whole hike up to the lake. Hiking along the river with beautiful wildflowers, butterflies and the cutest purple moths. Well worth the long climb and snow at the top just before you see the lake. My hiking poles were a plus even though the hike is not too steep and no climbing on rocks. Enjoy! The parking lot near the restrooms filled up by 9am on Sat morning.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike and gorgeous lake/mountain views at the top! Not very challenging and less crowded than many other hikes in Rocky Mountain.

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hiking
17 days ago

Challenging enough for beginner hikers! Love the waterfalls and the shade of the forest.

hiking
21 days ago

Gentle climbs mostof the way, good shade, all the rivers & falls are flowing pretty fast - one of the least crowded & best hikes in the park