Cub Lake


Trail Stats & Info

RT length 5.1 miles
Elevation gain 570 feet
Difficulty easy-moderate    
Lowest elevation 8,110 feet
Highest elevation 8,680 feet
Trail type out and back
Trails Illustrated Map™ # 200
Restrooms @ TH? no
Cub Lake Rocky Mountain National Park


From Estes Park, take Highway 36 to Rocky Mountain National Park Beaver Meadows entrance. Turn left at Bear Lake Rd. Follow Bear Lake Rd. and turn right at Moraine Park Campground sign. Take the first left towards Cub Lake and Fern Lake trailheads. First trail sign/kiosk is for Cub Lake. Parking is at the trailhead, or on the other side of the street just before the trailhead.



If you like hiking to lakes, Rocky Mountain National Park is a great place to hike as it has a ton of lakes. Cub Lake is just one of many picturesque lakes in the park. This trail is fairly easy as it gains a little bit of elevation and is moderate in length. The start of the hike is pretty flat and follows the edge of Moraine Park. You’ll pass a few small unnamed lakes and ponds which may be dry in the summer. Towards the later half of the trail, it begins to ascend with moderate steepness. After a last push uphill, you’re rewarded with Cub Lake and views of soaring mountains in the background. From the trail, you can walk off the trail to the lake and take in the scenery and enjoy a snack. The trail does continue on to “The Pool” which is where it connects to Fern Lake trail. If you head left at the first fork, it will connect to other trails and a trail to Bierstadt Lake. Or you can turn around and head back to Cub Lake trailhead. It took us 2.5 hours to complete this hike, which includes a 20 minute break at Cub Lake.

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About Jake & Mar

Jake and Maria have spent a good chunk of their time hiking and exploring all that the Colorado wilderness has to offer. Their ambition is to seek out all the hidden treasures of the Rocky Mountains from pristine alpine lakes, to tall dense Aspen forests, to high mountain summits. They both bring their own unique talents and abilities to, whether it's the organizational skills and consistent ambition to take on new terrain, or the desire to creatively record and document the experience. They are truly passionate about their site and the outdoors. "We thank you for visiting and wish you safe and fun adventures!"