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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Boulder Area

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Fern Lake Trail (Winter)





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General Description

The Pool is a turbulent water pocket formed below the confluences of Spruce and Fern Creeks with the Big Thompson River. This trail is normally accessible for hiking, year-round. During the summer, the trail begins at the end of the Moraine Park Road, at the Fern Lake Trailhead. The winter route follows the gravel portion of the end of Moraine Park Road, from the winter road closure, just past the Cub Lake Trailhead, to the Fern Lake Trailhead, where it narrows to a trail. While hiking this relatively flat trail along the Big Thompson River, look for beaver-cut aspen, frozen waterfalls on the cliffs in winter, and the Arch Rocks.

This hike may be combined with the Cub Lake Trail for a six mile loop by taking a connecting trail southeast from The Pool, back toward Cub Lake. During the winter months, this section of trail and the area around Cub Lake may hold deep snow and ice and may require the use of skis or snowshoes.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Fern Creek, Fern Lake, Spruce Lake and Odessa Lake offer catch-and-release fishing.
Yes
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.
Yes



Related Activities
Cub Lake Trail - A park favorite, this hike to a mountain pond travels through woods that blaze with color in the fall. It is often accessible for hiking year-round.

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.



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