Pathfinder | 120 pts
While most hikers wanting to check out Odessa Lake will take off from the Beaver Lake TH, a friend a I decided to head out from the Fern Lake TH and stay a couple nights at Fern Lake while making a day hike up top Odessa Lake. I would highly recommend this, If of course you can get a permit on short notice in the summer peak months. Starting from Fern Lake TH is a pretty easy hike for the first mile or so but once you make it to "the Pool" crossing over the Big Thompson it gets a little rugged and pretty steep at some points. I was carrying a 60lbs+ pack so depending on your plans for the day/days the difficulty will vary. No matter how bad your legs might hurt, by the time you reach Fern Lake all the pain goes away. It is absolutely beautiful so take a rest and just soak in the scenery. If your not planning on staying the night, make the next leg of the trail on up to Odessa. Great opportunities for some stunning pictures you only see in magazines, unless of course your an outdoor enthusiast. Bring a fishing pole but make sure you check the regulations before taking off. Both lakes hold plenty of Colorado Greenback Cutthoats, so take advantage. Overall, its is a pretty tiresome hike but you will not be disappointed.