Cub Lake Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Elevation Gain1,957ft
Trailhead Elevation8,083ft
Elevation Min/Max8079/8746ft
Elevation Start/End8083/8083ft

Cub Lake Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: South Lateral Moraine Trail and Fern Lake Trail.

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Colorado Springs,
Pathfinder | 120 pts
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This is a great afternoon trail. First mile or so is a slow walk beautiful landscape wide trails and some rocks. The last 1/2 mile is a 600 to 900 ft climb with rough terrain. The trail narrows in spots and increases in elevation. Cub Lake backcountry camp site is located in moderate pine forest with good shade and a small stream about 50 yards away. Bear box and privy at location. No fires allowed. Five hundred yards up the trails is Cub Lake. Small but beautiful lake surrounded by large pine trees no shore line and amazing peaks in the backdrop. I highly recommend taking an overnight at Cub Lake.

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Kent Dannen
"A wildfire at the end of 2012 demonstrated nature’s ability to begin immediate recovery, which nonetheless requires centuries." Read more
Kent Dannen
"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more

Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearby City
Rocky Mountain National Park
Additional Use
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US Highway 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www/nps.gov/romo
Local Contacts
USGS McHenrys Peak and Longs Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
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