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Cub Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,080 Feet (2518.7 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 520 Feet (162.1 Meters) to Cub Lake
Ending Elevation: 8,600 Feet (2680.8 Meters)
Length: 2.3 Miles (3.83 Kilometers)
TI Topo Maps: Rocky Mountain National Park, #200

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General Description

Fall Colors from Mill Creek to Cub Lake
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Fall Colors from Mill Creek to Cub Lake
A park favorite, this hike to a mountain pond travels through woods that blaze with color in the fall. The trail begins in the willow thickets along the Big Thompson River, on the east side of the park, and continues upward through stands of pine and aspen. You pass through a varied landscape of moraines, cliffs, streams and ponds. During the winter months, ice or deep snow sometimes makes the last mile difficult, and may require the use of skis or snowshoes.

This hike may be combined with The Pool hike for a six mile loop by taking a connecting trail beyond Cub Lake to The Pool. This section of trail may also contain deep snow or ice during the winter months.

Directions from Estes Park: Travel west on Hwy 36 past the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station Bear Lake Roadd. Take this road south (left) to the turn--off for the Cub Lake and Fern Lake Trailheads and Moraine Park. The trailhead is about two miles on this road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Spring through Fall .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Cub Lake Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery
ICON Winter Hiking Lighter snowfall on the east side of the park leaves some low elevation trails open for hiking, without the aid of skis or snowshoes. Before each outing, check with park rangers for local snow conditions and current avalanche hazards.

Related Activities
Fern Lake Trail - This trail begins at the end of Moraine Park Road and leads to The Pool, at the confluences of Spruce and Fern Creeks with the Big Thompson River. It is a good winter hike.

Moraine Park Museum Campground - Moraine Park is a large campground on the east side of the Park, off Highway 36, west of the town of Estes Park. It offers access to several nearby trails.

Moraine Park Visitor Center - The Moraine Park Museum is located off the Bear Lake Road, at the east end of Moraine Park. It offers interpretive exhibits and is wheelchair accessible.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Headquarters: Rocky Mountain National Park, 1000 Highway 36 , Estes Park, CO, 80517-8397, Phone: 970-586-1206, Fax: 970-586-1256, TTY: 970-586-1319


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