Fern Lake Trail

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3.5 Miles 5.7 Kilometers

 

84% 

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Singletrack

1,341' 409 m

Ascent

-27' -8 m

Descent

9,466' 2,885 m

High

8,151' 2,485 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

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A two-faced (easy, then very hard) trail that leads to a stunning waterfall and serene alpine lake.

Brian Smith

Overview

Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

From the Fern Lake Trailhead, begin along the relatively flat trail paralleling the Big Thompson River. The canyon through which this trail runs is stunning - the northern wall rises abruptly over 1,000 feet above the valley floor.

Just under two miles from the trailhead, the Fern Lake Trail crosses the river and is met by the Moraine Park Cub Lake Trail from the south. The gradual meandering character of the trail is now replaced by steepening grades as it heads up the Fern Creek Drainage.

After an initial contouring ascent, the trail begins a series of switchbacks as the terrain steepens. After two large switchbacks the Fern Creek Falls, which you've surely been hearing, will come into view. Take a moment, or many moments, to enjoy the sheer power of the cascades before running up the final portion of trail to Fern Lake.

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