Cub Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 8,083 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,957 feet. The Cub Lake parking is near the trailhead. There are also a parking and an information board. Along the trail there are waters and an information guidepost. The trail ends near the Pool information guidepost.
Cub Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A wildfire at the end of 2012 demonstrated nature’s ability to begin immediate recovery, which nonetheless requires centuries."
--Kent Dannen, Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides).
"The Cub Lake Trail meanders across a meadow recovering well from wildfire damage, then it climbs through burned forest to the lake, still displaying yellow pond lilies."
--Kent Dannen, Best Easy Day Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides).
"This trail is very popular year-round. In fall large herds of bugling elk are exceeded only by flocks of people there to hear them dueling for romance. The height of the elk bugling is in the beautiful fall season (mid-September through early October), which is also often warm but can feature a chilly breeze. The route can be hiked as a loop, with your return on the Fern Lake Trail, but you will end up 1 mile short of the Cub Lake Trailhead, with 1 mile of walking along the road to get back to your car at the Cub Lake Trailhead. To intersect the Fern Lake Trail, walk past Cub Lake and follow the trail as it climbs the ridgeline on the north side of the trail up about 200 feet to meet the Fern Lake Trail."
--Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh, Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press).
"This is an over-the-river-and-through-the-woods hike with a meadow and some elk thrown in. Kids will love this hike, as will those new to hiking and those old to hiking that want to slow down and appreciate the view. Cub Lake is a popular hike, so I recommend that you hike during the week on the shoulder seasons."
--Kim Lipker, Day & Overnight Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Poke along as you like, then rest on a boulder overlooking this lovely lake, framed by snow-capped peaks. Cub Lake is a good early or late season hike. During the tourist season, this area is very heavily used. The small elevation gain, the well defined trails, and the short distances make this an excellent choice for children and hikers who want less of a physical challenge. Poke along as you like, enjoy the scampering chipmunks at every stop (but don’t feed them), and then rest on a boulder overlooking the lake; its surface packed with water lilies and framed by snow-capped peaks of the Continental Divide. There are many beaver ponds along the way and elk are often seen in the grassy meadows. To avoid the crowds, try this trail early or late in the day. No pets or vehicles are permitted. A free map of this area may be obtained at the visitor center, just outside the Park entrance."
--Dave Muller, The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"In addition to the many superlatives for Rocky Mountain National Park— spectacular, impressive, memorable— “rewarding” should join the list for the Cub Lake/The Pool Loop. Diversity lies at the heart of this fine hike. The 6.2-mile loop at montane elevation travels through a number of interesting habitats populated with well over 80 wildflower species. From a level beginning, the trail climbs with most of the elevation gain accumulated as the trail nears Cub Lake. At different times of the bloom season hikers may come across calypso orchids in late June (one-quarter mile east of The Pool); wood lilies not far from the beaver ponds in early July; yellow pond lilies on Cub Lake in July; and prince’s pine on the downhill run from the lake to The Pool in late July. Several possible parking areas at the west end of Moraine Park serve the Cub Lake/The Pool Loop. Each requires a walk down a portion of the level dirt road ending at The Pool/Fern Lake Trailhead. The second parking area driving west has restrooms and is a good place for starting the loop. Wildflower alert: Pockets of wood lily and a lake of yellow pond lilies."
--Pamela & David Irwin, Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range (Westcliffe Publishers).
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