Fern Lake Trail

MODERATE 171 reviews
#11 of 135 trails in

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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20 days 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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28 days ago

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1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great little day hike. The first few miles are deceptively flat and easy. Once you get to the pool the trail does climb pretty steadily all the way to fern lake. Stick with it as the views from the lake are well worth the effort.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Relatively flat all the way to the pools, then climbs steadily to falls and lake. If you feel comfortable with the incline, definitely take the trail all the way to the lake - the views are worth it. Start early. We started at 6 am and were in the shade until about 930 when we were on our way back down. Bugs weren't nearly as bad as the bierstadt lake loop, but we needed to apply bug spray after the falls they seemed to get a little worse after that point.

It took us 5 hours to complete the out and back, and by 11 am there wasn't any parking for miles.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

We did this Trail in 16 and it's definitely not my favorite Trail in RMNP. It's winds alongs the Big Thompson which keeps the temps cool longer into the day but it was SUPER buggy