Fern Lake Trail

MODERATE 183 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.

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Great waterfall pictures

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21 days ago

The hike was nice, there were pleasant views the whole way up, but it wasn't anything out of the ordinary as compared to some of the other hikes I've been on around here. The lake was beautiful, as was the waterfall section.

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29 days ago

Nice trail near Estes side of Rocky. Pretty hike through trees near stream that's flat-ish until you cross a bridge then climb up higher, pass a nice waterfall and keep going to fern lake which is quiet and beautiful. Saw an osprey dive and catch a fish in the water. Saw a couple white-tailed pheasants on the trail as well.

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1 month ago

Mildly busy, get there early to get a parking spot close to the trailhead. The falls are beautiful, and the lake itself is super relaxing.

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2 months ago

Arrived at 6:45 AM. Only three cars in the parking lot at the trailhead. It only holds about 22 cars, so get there early. Otherwise you have to park 8/10 of a mile away and you have to hike that. We hiked to the pool, which was 1.7 miles. Pretty flat. You see the river quite often. The pool is not what I expected. It wasn't a big huge area, which is the river under a bridge. But it's all very pretty except for the horse poop on the trail. There was quite a bit of it.

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2 months ago

Great day hike. Flat for the first mile n a half following the river. Then goes up after you cross the river, but it's not bad. Fern falls are great and will cool you off mid hike. Fern lake is pretty, although it's hard to get a good view of the entire thing. I highly suggest going the extra mile to Odessa Lake.

Bring bug spray. The mosquitoes were terrible.