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Cub Lake Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Moraine Park Road, Estes Park, CO
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Ranked #15 of 43 attractions in Estes Park
Type: Hiking Trails
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Slidell, Louisiana, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was a nice hike with pretty views. It did get tough in some spots and we decided to head back after about 1.5 miles because of weather.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The hike was 2.3 miles each way for us. It started in a valley, but the terrain became uphill on a rocky trail. Make sure are prepared. It gets really tough. We saw several people that stopped to take a break because it was difficult. Also, the scenery is not that great right now because the area is rebounding from... More

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Eaton, Colorado
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Pretty much a flat hike, a few rough spots, but never the less, a great spot to turn the kidos loose. If they can be quite, there is a ton of small wild animals around. You never know what just around the next corner.

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Cd'A, Id.
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66 reviews 66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We drove to the trail head near cub lake in RMNP and were fortunate to view 4 newborn elk calves. A local couple we encountered here informed us that the calves had been born that same day. They were a beautiful sight to see and we were thankful for experiencing this gift to us.

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Poteau, Oklahoma
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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We hiked to Cub Lake then circled back passing the Pool to end at Fern Lake Trailhead. The first part was moderate with inclines, rocky & some narrow places. Passed within a few feet of several elk & had beautiful scenery throughout. Cub Lake was more of a pond? The 2nd half was an easier hike to the end. Our... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This was my very first hike in Rocky Mountain National Park (never visited before) and it was stunningly beautiful. I was a little nervous about hiking alone in a new place (especially since there was still a lot of snow), so I stopped at the visitor center and got some advice. The ranger there advised me to do the Cub... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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469 reviews 469 reviews
79 attraction reviews
329 helpful votes 329 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Cub Lake is a family-friendly hike highlighted by the Big Thompson River and large elk herds in Moraine Park. It is about 4.5 miles round trip. The trail heads south over Big Thompson River and moves gently along the western fringe of Moraine Park. Every fall large elk herds congregate in these food-rich meadows for their annual rut. The trail... More

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23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The trail was a mix of mud, some snowy slush. The lake is currently frozen over but still a great hike.

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North Platte, Nebraska
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This was when we fell in love with hiking in RMNF. It was our first hike and we enjoyed every minute of it, we took our time getting to the lake lots to see along the way. We have many more hikes we want to go on and our goal is to see them all!!

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Aurora, Nebraska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

If you are looking for a relatively easy hike out in nature, this is the trail to choose. It's a fairly easy hike to Cub Lake (about 2.5 miles). Give yourself enough time to enjoy the trail.

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