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South Lateral Moraine Trail

EASY 9 reviews
#143 of 199 trails in

South Lateral Moraine Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 275 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


horseback riding




no dogs

This trail goes through the forest and its edge along Moraine Park. During the fall, expect to see elk out in the open area and possibly among the trees. You can add the first part of Cub Lake Trail for a longer O/B hike or at the Cub Lake trailhead, walk to a shuttle pickup and get off at the Moraine Park Center and hike about .5 miles back down to where you parked.

2 months ago

It’s listed as easy and I’m sure it is, but in snow and using snowshoes it was a nice moderate adventure. Definitely evidence of bear!

2 months ago

Gorgeous scenery. April 21st 2019- some patches of snow on the trail but primarily clear. Easy to get around or though where packed. No need for gators or spikes. Lots of sun, and a pack of Elk near the trails. Mostly flat, so great for trail running.

11 months ago

As easy as it gets hiking in RMNP with some great views but nothing that you can't see from the roads. Saw a herd of over 20 elk lying across the trail. Decided to give them plenty of space and walk around.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Nice little hike with great scenery.

Friday, June 15, 2018

I covered this hike as part of the Cub Lake loop trail. The trail is heavily traveled by horses and it is very soft/sandy. Not a bad hike, though. It wasn't crowded at all. I saw a herd of elk, too!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Pretty flat and easy with some good views of the river running through the meadow and the mountains beyond. Unfortunately, no moose sightings (probably because it's summer). We did the full loop rather than in/out as it's about the same distance. It's just too far for what you get to see, but the best views are in the middle so there's not a great solution. Also, bring your bug spray...there were a LOT of mosquitoes!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

We expanded this hike by first following the Big Thompson River along a trail by Bear Lake Rd, under the road and a little ways along Eagle Cliff Mt and then back. Saw a large elk herd in Moraine Park along with a few other bulls. We added part of Cub Lake trail up to Fern Lake Rd, took the shuttle to the Center, looked around there, and walk back down to where we parked. Did this hike in September.

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