Fern Lake Trail

MODERATE 214 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
1430 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

Fern Lake Trail is a relatively uncrowded hike to a scenic mountain lake accessed from the Moraine Park area on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail follows the Big Thompson River offering great views of Fern Falls, Notchtop Mountain and the Little Matterhorn from Fern Lake's north side.

hiking
6 days ago

Trail was amazing. Started out a little to late and tried (with success) to reach Odessa Lake. Got caught in the dark on our way up. Headlamp was a great bring. Didn't make it out with out a scare or two and a Grand show by the stars. Truly Glorious!

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10 days ago

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hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful area. The trail was clear today until a little past the bridge. We used micro spikes the last mile and a half.

hiking
28 days ago

Was a pleasant hike on a Tuesday. The trail head parking was closed so I added an extra 2 miles on to the total length. Gets icy and snow packed the last 2.1 miles. I didn't have micro spikes only hiking poles. I would recommend using micro spikes, though I did only fall once.

backpacking
1 month ago

October rain and late start from Bear Lake was great for a one nighter

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backpacking
1 month ago

My friends and I went backpacking along a 14 mile loop of the 5 lakes in this area and Fern Lake was by far my favorite (followed closely by Odessa Lake). The hike can be challenging at times but the views make it that much more worth it! Definitely worth checking out if you haven't been before!

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hiking
2 months ago

Cute trail for two!

2 months ago